Danny Carroll
Danny Carroll at the 2010 Marriage Rally at the Iowa State Capitol.
Photo credit: Dave Davidson – Prezography.com

(Des Moines, Iowa) Today the Republican Party of Iowa’s State Central Committee unanimously elected Danny Carroll of Grinnell as Party Chairman. Carroll fills the vacancy left by outgoing Chairman A.J. Spiker. Carroll has a long history of serving the Republican Party of Iowa, including being elected multiple times to office. Carroll was elected county supervisor of Poweshiek county in 1984 and served 10 years. He was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 1994 and served through 2006, representing portions of Poweshiek, Jasper, Marshall and Mahaska counties.

“I was honored to receive the unanimous support of the State Central Committee during the election for a new Chairman,” said Carroll. “Political campaigns are hard work. It’s time now for Republicans to get down to business and start knocking on doors, putting up signs, raising money and helping our candidates win in November. I know I speak for all the members of the State Central Committee when I say we are ready to unite as Republicans in 2014.”

Today the Republican Party of Iowa’s State Central Committee also elected Gopal T.K. Krishna as Co-Chairman of the party. Krishna replaces Co-Chairman Danny Carroll, who was elected earlier today as Chairman. Krishna has a long history of working for Republican causes and campaigns. Krishna has been elected seven times to the Republican State Central Committee, including serving as Chair of the Budget and Organization Committees. Krishna’s longevity in Republican Party politics is evident from his historic fourth election as Co-Chairman and nearly 15 years since his previous re-election. Krishna was born in India, became a legal immigrant and a proud citizen of the United States. He is a successful businessman with a background in electrical engineering and resides in West Des Moines.

“I have been, and am a Republican for all Republicans. The first three letters of my name are G-O-P. I ran because I don’t want to wait until the primary elections to promote unity. I want to continue to increase our party’s voter registration advantage and participation in the forthcoming elections. I look forward to working with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to advance the Growth and Opportunity Project, work to reach out to minorities and bring new people into our Republican Party. As long as I am Co-Chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa, outreach to all minority communities will be a priority.”

Editor’s note: Technically Danny Carroll did not have unanimous support.  Caffeinated Thoughts was told at least two people, perhaps more, abstained during the voice vote.  Also National Committeeman Steve Scheffler and SCC member David Chung were no votes on Krishna.

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