Party hires executive director
Joshua Walton, a respected political adviser and campaign manager known throughout Alaska political circles, has been named executive director of the Alaska Republican Party. He takes over day-to-day operations today.
Walton recently ran the District 21 House campaign for Marilyn Stewart, and has assisted Sen. Mia Costello during her political campaigns. He was chief of staff for Rep. Liz Vazquez and worked in the legislative offices of both Costello and Rep. Craig Johnson.
Raised in Alaska, Walton earned his undergraduate degree in political economy from Hillsdale College, and an MA in quantitative research methods from Claremont Graduate University, School of Politics and Economics.
“Josh brings the kind of political acumen we need to move the party to the next level,” said Tuckerman Babcock, ARP chairman. “We’ve just come off of a tremendously successful election season where Republicans prevailed in all the marquee races, and now we’re going to focus on building the foundation for a robust, data-driven organization that will win back the governorship in 2018.”
The party also will be subleasing space from Dittman Research after having moved from the old Fireweed Lane building earlier this year. Babcock said the search for a permanent headquarters will continue but that the office at 502 W. Potter Drive gives the party the flexibility needed during an election off-year.
“We’ll be building the capacity of the Alaska Republican Party over the next few months, and a permanent location will be part of that,” he said.