The Republican Party of Arizona has announced its new executive director only nine months ahead of the 2020 election: Greg Safsten. The position had been vacant since Leslie White left to run the Trump campaign in New Mexico.
“Safsten is a seasoned political operative with deep Arizona roots,” a written statement from the Arizona Republican Party stated.
Safsten was raised in Mesa, Arizona, and graduated from Mountain View High School.
He most recently served with Republican Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona as his deputy chief of staff and campaign manager in Arizona.
Safsten served with the congressman for three years, ending his time in office on Dec. 31, 2019. From Congressman Biggs office:
It is with both sadness and gratitude that we announce Greg Safsten will be resigning as Deputy Chief of Staff for Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District.
“Greg served our constituents admirably for years, starting out on Senator Jon Kyl’s political team and then with my predecessor, Representative Matt Salmon. After my election in 2016, Greg was integral to opening my district office and has compiled one of the best teams around over his three-year tenure. Chances are you have run into him at one of our many community events, including Drop Zone and Salute to Veterans, a Seniors Resource Fair, our mobile office hours, or a Chamber of Commerce meeting. His hard work and dedication to the people of the fighting fifth will not be forgotten and his contributions will be missed immensely.
“Greg leaves the office in the hands of a highly qualified staff and we sincerely thank him for his leadership during his tenure. Our office wishes him the best of luck in his future endeavors.
“Greg’s last day will be Tuesday, December 31ST. We are confident that Greg and our staff will make this a smooth transition for our constituents, community leaders, and industry stakeholders.”
Before working for Biggs, he served with former Rep. Matt Salmon as a legislative director and also worked with former Sen. Jon Kyl.
The Arizona GOP is hopeful that Safsten will help them advance their efforts to keep Arizona red in the upcoming elections.
“The Republican Party of Arizona is lucky to have a leader of Greg’s stature and experience to help move our Party forward into the future,” Chairwoman Kelli Ward said.
“I’ve known Greg for many years and am pleased to welcome someone of his caliber to our team,” she continued. “His resume and career accomplishments speak for themselves.
“As we finish laying the groundwork for 2020, Greg will play an instrumental role in our day-to-day business operations, strategic planning, and stakeholder engagement to make sure we keep Arizona great for future generations.”