Sue Everhart officially declared her candidacy for Georgia GOP Chairman with this press release:
MARIETTA, GA—Sue P. Everhart, current First Vice-Chair of the Georgia Republican Party, and a long-time Republican Party leader and grassroots activist, has announced that she will run for Chairman of the Georgia State Republican Party. The election will be held at the state convention at the Gwinnett Convention Center May 19, 2007.
Georgia Republicans now hold the offices of Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, a majority of the Georgia Senate and Georgia House of Representatives, as well as the two US Senate seats and the majority of the Georgia members of the US House of Republicans. These election victories were the result of a strong state Party supported by a solid statewide grassroots organization.
“My goal as Chairman will be to build on this success. The success of Republican candidates in Georgia depends on maintaining our statewide volunteers and supporting them through more sophisticated and extensive training. We need to strengthen grassroots networks where Party volunteers are weak and Republicans are losing close races.
“We lost two close Congressional races in the 2006 election cycle—one race by only 864 votes and another by 1,752 votes—and I want to avoid these types of losses in the future by making sure that Republican candidates in every area of the state have the strong support of a well-organized state party organization and a well-trained grassroots volunteer network. I also want to make sure that we maintain the positions we’ve won. I am particularly looking forward to working to reelect Sen. Saxby Chambliss for another term.”
Mrs. Everhart worked her way up the Republican Party hierarchy through the grassroots. She has worked on dozens of local, state and national campaigns. She has also served in various capacities in the Georgia Republican Party including coordinating their last 3 State Conventions and was the the Georgia Coordination for the 2004 National Convention in New York. She served two terns as Sixth District Chairman and is now Vice-Chairman of the Georgia Republican Party. She was named the Georgia Republican Party’s Volunteer of the year in 2000 and received their Pioneer Award in 2005 for her long and continued service to the Party.
She is a tireless organizer, believes strongly in developing and maintaining a grassroots organization, and has outstanding political instincts and in-depth knowledge of the Republican Party organization and the candidates and volunteers in the state. She will be an outstanding Chairman of the Georgia Republican Party.
Mrs. Everhart is the widow of Guy O. Everhart, MD and has one son. She is a former banker and lives in Marietta, Georgia. She has been very active in her community including serving as Chairman of the Cobb County Election Commission. Chairman of the Cobb County Arts Board, Board Member of the Cobb County Conventions and Visitors Bureau and serves on the Advisory Board for the Cobb County Symphony.