Concord - The New Hampshire Republican Party Executive Committee tonight elected Franklin Mayor and long-time grassroots activist Ken Merrifield as NHGOP Vice Chairman. Former Vice Chairman J.P. Marzullo stepped down last week to run in a contested state senate primary. Party bylaws prohibit officers of the committee from participating in contested primaries.


"I am honored to have earned the trust and confidence of the executive committee and look forward to serving as vice chairman," said Mayor Merrifield. "Our party is energized and on the verge of sweeping victories in November. I am committed to doing everything I can to help build a strong grassroots network that will help our candidates return fiscal responsibility to Washington and Concord."


"Ken is a respected Republican activist who has the commitment to conservative principles needed to help unite our party. He is an excellent choice to serve as our next vice chairman," said former Vice Chairman J.P. Marzullo. "I am confident that he will devote the time and effort needed to help grow our party and win in November."


Merrifield will serve until the New Hampshire Republican Party's next annual meeting in January, 2015.