The Republican Party of Arkansas announced Thursday June 9 the addition of three new staff members. Amber Crawford has been hired as the organization’s new Communications Director; Gabrielle Harvey joins as Administrative Assistant; and Seth Mays is the RPA’s new Victory Director.
Amber Crawford, a Greenbrier native, is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in accounting, and The Campaign School at Yale. Prior to joining the Republican Party of Arkansas, Crawford worked as a policy analyst for Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston. Previously, she served as the 2020 political director for French Hill for Arkansas, and as a field director for the Republican Party of Arkansas during the 2016 presidential election. She is a former First Vice-Chair of the Arkansas Young Republicans, and Chair of the Central Arkansas Young Republicans. Crawford is a member of the Junior League of Little Rock, a Board Member of the Arkansas State House Society, and a member of the Impact Council via the Women’s Public Leadership Network.
Gabrielle Harvey is native to Hot Springs and a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas with bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Public Administration. She currently attends the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she is enrolled in the Masters of Public Administration Program. During her time at UCA, Harvey started as Chairman of UCA College Republicans, and worked her way up to State Chairman of the Arkansas Federation of College Republicans where she is currently serving. She remains active with the Faulkner County Republican Women, Faulkner County Republican Committee where she serves as communications Chair, and the Faulkner County Young Republicans where she currently serves as Chairman.
Seth Mays, born in Fort Smith, is a graduate of Mansfield High School. He attended Arkansas Tech University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science and an Associate of Science in criminal justice. While in his senior year of college, Hays was named political director for Governor Asa Hutchinson’s 2018 campaign for re-election, which resulted in the largest win percentage for a 4-year governor and the most counties won by a Republican nominee. Following the 2018 cycle, Hays moved to Washington, DC to work for the Republican National Committee in local and national communications. He moved back to Arkansas to be senior political director for the Republican Party of Arkansas during the 2020 election. It was from there that he joined the team at JCD Consulting, before ultimately being asked by Republican gubernatorial nominee Sarah Huckabee Sanders to be Victory Director for the 2022 cycle. Mays is a former two-time State Chairman of the Arkansas Federation of College Republicans.