John Wahl elected chairman of Alabama Republican Party

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John Wahl, a butterfly farmer and a state GOP officer, was elected Saturday as the new chairman of the Alabama Republican Party.

Wahl replaces longtime chairwoman Terry Lathan who did not seek a fourth term.

“I believe it’s important for the Republican Party to stand for the conservative values we are based upon and defend the God-given rights of every individual,” Wahl said in a statement issued through the party.

“We are the party of free speech, equal rights, family values, and fair elections. A lot of these values are under attack right now, and I am committed to defending them as chairman of the Alabama Republican Party.”

Wahl previously served as the ALGOP senior vice chairman. He was a member of Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s transition team.

“Very excited for my friend John Wahl as he takes on the chairmanship of the @ALGOP. He is going to do a fantastic job and I look forward working with him,” Tuberville wrote on Twitter.

Wahl raises butterflies for zoos, botanical gardens, and exhibits.

Republished with the permission of the Associated Press.