The 400-hundred member Alabama Republican Party Executive Committee elected John Wahl as chairman. Wahl was elected by acclamation without opposition.
“This is an incredible honor,” Wahl said. “I look forward to using the principles I have learned as a small businessman as Chairman of the Party.”
Wahl succeeded Chairman Terry Lathan, who chose not to run again after six years as chairman.
“I will stand for our values,” Wahl said. “We are a free country. A lot of nation’s can not say that. My goal is to keep that freedom and those rights for the next generation.”
“I am here to serve you,” Wahl said. “If there is one thing I want to do is to be a working chairman.”
Wahl had previously been the party’s vice chairman.
“I am excited about the possibility of serving the people of Alabama as chairman of the state Republican Party,” Wahl said when he announced his candidacy. “I am running because I believe in the values that made America great, and I want to be a part of securing those values and those freedoms for future generations. I care about our State and Nation, and I hope that I can make a positive difference in the political process.”
Wahl served on Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s transition team, was recently a 2020 presidential elector representing the state of Alabama on the Electoral College, and was campaign manager for Auditor Jim Zeigler.
“Our Country is facing a massive push towards socialism, and that is extremely concerning to me,” Wahl explained. “I am a strong supporter of the free-market system, and the vision our Founding Fathers had for this Country.”
Wahl served as ALGOP field director for the 2012 election cycle. He was elected to the state Executive Committee in 2014. He was elected as vice chairman of the 5th District GOP after the 2016 general election. He was elected as senior vice chairman two years ago at the 2019 winter meeting
“I believe it is important for the Republican Party to stand for the conservative values we believe in, and defend the God-given rights of every individual,” Wahl stated. “We are the Party of free speech, liberty, equal rights, and traditional values. A lot of these values are under attack right now, and I am committed to defending them as Party Chairman.”
Wahl was elected to a two-year term. The executive committee met for its annual winter meeting in Montgomery at the Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center.
“I am also committed to fighting for election security,” Wahl said. “Every American deserves to know they have fair and honest elections. Each and every report of voter fraud should be investigated so people can trust the election process. It is critical to identify any irregularities or unconstitutional practices that may have taken place so they can be corrected for future elections.”
“My goal is to help the Republican Party be more effective and more successful in the coming years,” Wahl said. “Just because the Republican Party is dominant in Alabama right now doesn’t mean we’re going to rest on our laurels. We will continue to build the party both here in Alabama and across the Country. We are going to be strong, organized, and ready to take on the 2022 election cycle.”
“The Republican Party will be facing a lot of challenges over the next few years, and I believe the Party needs to rally around the issues that unite us; the ideals of fiscal responsibility, family values, and defending the Constitution,” Wahl said. “There are always areas where the Party can improve and adapt to new challenges, but we should never let those changes undermine our core values. The Republican Party should never compromise on the fundamental principles we are based on. The people of Alabama stand for conservative values, and they understand why these issues are so important. I want everyone to know that I share these conservative Alabama values, and that my promise to the people of Alabama is that the Republican Party will stand with them no matter what we face in the coming years.”
John was born in Athens and is a native of Limestone County. He is a leptozoologist (butterfly farmer) by trade, and serves on the board of directors for the International Butterfly Breeders Association.