NEW: Ann Clanton to Replace Sweeney as GOP Executive Director
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The Rhode Island Republican Party today named Ann Clanton, of Providence, as its Executive Director. Ms. Clanton succeeds Patrick Sweeney, Esq., who has held the post for more than a year.
Clanton was named to the position following an extensive recruiting and interview process that considered the talents of a number of the State Central Committee’s members. Mark Zaccaria, State Chair, summed up the difficulties of selecting from a field of well qualified candidates. “The Rhode Island GOP boasts a large number of talented members who are experienced at Ocean State politics” he said. “That made my job more difficult but also insured that our new ED will be more than equal to the task.”
Clanton is a Rhode Island Native who began her political career on the staff of Congresswoman Claudine Schneider. Following her graduation from both Howard University and Roger Williams University Ms. Clanton worked in Washington, DC, as a political coordinator for the National Association of Realtors. That assignment led her back home where she worked with the Campaign for Healthy Rhode Island and the advocacy group, Rhode Island for Community and Justice. Immediately before taking the post of Executive Director of the RIGOP she has consulted with both state and federal Republican candidates.
Patrick Sweeney indicated his feelings about the transition. “I am happy to be leaving the state party in such capable hands” he said. “In just a short period of time, Ann has already evolved into the roll and I will continue to provide her support as she learns the ropes. I know she will continue the growth of both the spirit and infrastructure that have marked the RIGOP for the last year or more.”
“There is real energy in the state party these days” Zaccaria said. “We are gathering speed and with Ann’s able assistance and a field of new and energetic candidates we look forward to making real gains in November.”