Jonelle Fulmer will be taking the reins of the Republican Party of Arkansas, becoming the first woman elected to serve as the organization’s chairperson.
Fulmer was selected to serve as the state chairwoman during the party’s winter meeting. She will replace outgoing chairman Doyle Webb.
“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 in a statement
She has served as the Republican Party of Arkansas’ national committeewoman since 2012.
Four officers were also elected to party positions by acclamation. John Parke will serve as first vice-chair, while Sharon Brooks will serve as second vice-chair. Alisha Curtis was elected treasurer, and Julie Harris was elected secretary.
According to an party news release, Fulmer will be the first woman elected to this role. However, vice chair Jerri Pruden assumed the role in 1979 following chairman Lynn Lowe’s announcement of his intent to run for governor. Sharon Trusty also co-chaired the party with Len Blaylock in 1985.