Wednesday, April 12, 2017

AZGOP Chairman Lines Announces New Executive Director and Communications Director

Arizona-We have two very exciting announcements to make this morning. After an extensive search, I have offered theAZ GOP's executive director position to Matthew Kenney, and the position of communications director to Torunn Sinclair. I'm pleased to say they've both accepted the positions and start today.

Torunn comes to the AZ GOP from Governor Ducey's office where she spearheaded social media strategy, and was a critical part of the communications team. Her experience in politics began in 2014 when she was hired as the deputy communications director on Doug Ducey's campaign for governor. She left the governor's office for a short period in 2015 to be the press secretary for the YES on Proposition 123 campaign. Torunn grew up in Arizona and has lived here all her life. She graduated from Arizona State University in 2014 with both a bachelor of arts in journalism and master's degree in mass communication.

I first met Torunn when she was working on the Ducey campaign. Her communications skills paired with her creative thinking will bring our messaging to a new level. I'm very excited to have her on board.

For those of you who do not know Matthew Kenney, he is one of the most outstanding political operatives that Republicans have here in Arizona. He's managed massive field operations, built large coalitions, and advocated relentlessly for causes he's passionate about. Matthew served at the party once before, and has also served as State Director for Concerned Veterans for America, as well as worked on numerous campaigns and issue advocacy efforts. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the party, and I am incredibly excited to have him working to execute my vision for a strong and vibrant Republican Party.

Of course there's one group of people that won't like this hire -- Democrats.

Even if you know Matthew, you may not be aware of his service prior to joining the AZ GOP. Matthew is a US Army Ranger, who was honorably discharged in 2013 with the rank of Captain. He served in the Iraq War, receiving commendations including the Bronze Star and Commendation Medal for Valor, for his service. He has literally put his life on the line for our country, and for our freedom. Like most men who have worn our country's uniform, his patriotism and integrity are beyond reproach. I've gotten to know Matthew, and his beautiful family over the last few months...they represent what's best about Arizona. His wife and two young daughters are his true pride and joy, and we thank them for their willingness to share him with us.

Regards,
Chairman Lines

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