Craighead announces candidacy for Republican State Executive Committee

Staff Reports • Updated May 29, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Dwayne Craighead announced he is a candidate for the Tennessee Republican State Executive Committeeman seat in the 17th District. 

The 17th District includes Clay, Cannon, DeKalb, Macon, Smith and Wilson counties. 

“This is one of the most important races that Republicans will have the opportunity to vote in, but is sometimes overlooked,” Craighead said.  

He said the state executive committee plays an important role in the direction of the party in regards to bylaws, along with choosing a state chairman.  

“The most important aspect of the committeeman is to give support to local county parties and recognized GOP organizations,” Craighead said. 

In 2010, Craighead was appointed chairman of the Clay County Republican Party. He finished the unexpired term of the previous chairman. He was elected in 2011 and re-elected in 2013 as chairman of the Clay County GOP. 

Under his leadership, Republican candidates have never lost a race while he has served as chairman of the local party. Craighead is a successful fundraiser for both the party and for candidates he supports. 

Craighead has been married to his wife, Frances, for more than 28 years and both are members of Beech Bethany Church of Christ in Clay County. He is a lifelong Republican and a distinguished conservative. 

Gov. Bill Haslam appointed Craighead as a board member for the Tennessee Community Service Agency. 

“If you, the Republican faithful, will give me the opportunity to serve, I pledge to be actively involved in each county party and will work to make the 17th District a Republican fortress for many years to come,” Craighead said. “I humbly ask for your support and vote.” 

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