Current Colorado GOP Chair Steve House with vice-chair candidate Sherrie Gibson, and chair candidates Jeff Hays and George Athanasopoulos. Photo by Scottie Iverson
BY SCOTTIE TAYLOR IVERSON
Jeff Hays and George Athanasopoulos made presentations in debate style at a recent meeting of Cherry Creek Republican Women. Both are military veterans and vying for leadership of the Colorado Republican Party.
Hays, the current El Paso County GOP chair, touted his success as chair of the largest county. He is an Air Force Academy grad, was an academy faculty member and was on the coaching staff of the Air Force Falcons football team. His goals include raising funds, building infrastructure and developing winning strategies and tactics. Athanasopoulos is a 13-year retired Army officer who spent four tours of duty in Iraq. The staunch Trump supporter also ran against U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter in House District 7 in the last election. He wants to essentially wake up the Republicans in Colorado and transform the party and “drain the swamp.” Both gentlemen frequently referred to their military experience and need for winning.
Candidate for vice chair Sherrie Williams is from Colorado Springs and was chief of staff for Darryl Glenn’s successful primary win for U.S. Senate. She is a Navy veteran with experience in Washington, D.C.
Elections are scheduled for April 1.
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