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ALGOP Chair Terry Lathan selected as 2020 RNC Convention deputy permanent co-chair

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan has been selected to serve as a deputy permanent co-chair for the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte later this month, the ALGOP announced Saturday. The announcement was made by Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel.

“To say that I am honored for this appointment is a true understatement,” Lathan said. “As a 42-year volunteer in the Republican Party, I have had the opportunity to serve our Party in numerous capacities on the county, state and national levels. This position is deeply humbling as I am filled with great reverence to be named a Deputy Permanent Co-Chair of the 2020 Republican National Convention.”

The Republican National Convention was going to be in Charlotte, North Carolina, but COVID-19 restrictions there prevented the full convention from being held. The Trump campaign had planned to move the majority of the festivities to Jacksonville, Florida, but dramatically surging coronavirus cases there led President Donald Trump to cancel those events.

A much-reduced delegation will formally nominate Trump and Vice President Mike Pence as the 2020 Republican nominees at a meeting of the Republican National Committee later this month.

Lathan said she looks forward to the convention in Charlotte, re-nominating Trump and Pence and representing the great state of Alabama. “This is truly a lifetime achievement that I will cherish forever as we continue to fight for America with the foundational principles of the Republican Party. Our nation needs us all now more than ever,” Lathan said.

Alabama Republican primary voters selected 47 delegates to the convention on March 3. The Executive Committee selected 47 alternate delegates in a meeting in May.

Lathan made the announcement at the Republican summer meeting of the Alabama Republican Executive Committee in Trussville on Saturday. Last month, McDaniel announced that the Alabama GOP has met all of the Republican National Committee’s goals, the first state party to do so.

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Lathan has been Alabama Republican Party chairman for the last five years. Alabama has the largest Republican Party in the country.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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