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Idaho GOP names new executive director

Joshua Whitworth, a Mackay native and 2004 graduate of Idaho State University, has been named the new executive director of the Idaho Republican Party by new party Chairman Barry Peterson. Whitworth, 30, fills the position previously held by Jonathan Parker. Click below for the full announcement from the Idaho GOP.



           BOISE, ID – Barry Peterson, Chairman of the Idaho Republican Party, announced today that Joshua Whitworth has been chosen to serve as Executive Director of the Party.  Whitworth will take over for Jonathan Parker, who recently took the position of Government Affairs Director in the Boise office of Holland and Hart.

             “While it may be difficult to fill the shoes of Jonathan Parker, I feel we have a great chance in Josh,” said Peterson.  “Although modest, he is a man of stature and confidence, and I know that he will be considerate of all members of the Party.”

           “I have had the opportunity to get to know Josh over the years, and I firmly believe that he will be an excellent fit with the Idaho Republican Party and will continue the Party’s success by reelecting Congressmen Simpson and Labrador and working to pick up more seats in the State Legislature,” stated Parker.  

           Joshua Whitworth, a native of Mackay, Idaho, is a 2004 graduate of Idaho State University where he obtained his degree in Business and competed on the ISU football team.  Josh grew up on his family’s cattle ranch and has been active with his own cattle operations since.  He previously worked in healthcare IT, real estate, and most recently worked for Idaho State University as a recruiter. Josh is married to Kala Whitworth of Colstrip, Montana.

           “I am honored to have this opportunity to serve the Idaho Republican Party and will put forth every possible effort as we head into the 2012 elections,” said Whitworth. “We have great candidates who are excited to deliver the efficiency and accountability Idahoans demand from government, and I hope we can build upon the successes of those that served before me.”

           Whitworth’s first day with the Party will be July 23rd.       


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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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