Athenian John Padgett is the new chairman of the Georgia Republican Party.
Padgett defeated two others vying for the spot at the party’s convention at the Classic Center this weekend. He rolled out a series of endorsers before making his speech to the thousands of party members and observers, including media personality and former U.S. House of Representatives candidate Martha Zoller as well as a man who was initially one of Padgett’s challengers.
Seth Harp turned down the nomination and urged his supporters to back Padgett instead.
Padgett won on the second ballot, defeating 28-year-old Alex Johnson after BJ Van Gundy lost in the first round. He will replace six-term chairwoman Sue Everhart, who was prohibited from running for re-election. The chairman serves two-year terms.