Jonelle Fulmer of Fort Smith was elected as the new chairwoman of the Republican Party of Arkansas (RPA) on Saturday (Dec. 5) in Benton.
She will succeed Doyle Webb of Benton, who has served as chairman for the last 12 years. Fulmer has served as the Party’s National Committeewoman since 2012.
“It is the honor of my life to be elected Chairwoman of the Republican Party of Arkansas. I have dedicated my life’s work to doing right by the people of Arkansas and electing conservative Republicans across this great state. I would be remiss to not thank Chairman Doyle Webb for his incredible leadership these past 12 years. No one can fill his shoes, but together we can and will lead our Party into a new decade of excellence. Let’s do this,” Fulmer said.
The RPA State Committee also elected its 2020-2022 officers. They include:
- John Parke, first Vice-chair
- Sharon Brooks, second Vice-chair
- Alisha Curtis, treasurer
- Julie Harris, secretary
Outgoing Chairman Doyle Webb, who also serves as General Counsel to the Republican National Committee, is the longest-serving Republican chairman in the nation.
“Twelve years ago, I could never have dreamed where the journey of Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman would have taken me. The people I have met across this state, the miles I have driven, and the Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinners I have attended have been the greatest joy a public servant could ever know. I am blessed beyond measure with all God has given me. I want to thank my beautiful wife, Barbara, for being with me every step of the way, the incredible young staffers who have worked in the trenches with me, and the elected officials who put their name and their families on the line to make Arkansas a better place to live. I know that the Party is in good hands with Chairwoman Fulmer,” Webb said.