After working as co-chair in Cobb County of Nathan Deal's successful gubernatorial campaign, Tricia Pridemore announced Thursday at the monthly meeting of the Bulloch County Republican Party she would run for chairman of the state Republican Party.
Pridemore spoke at RJ's Steakery, telling the local group she would challenge current state chair Sue Everhart of Cobb County for the post. Everhart recently announced that she would seek reelection. Pridemore told those gathered she had Gov. Deal's support and other GOP officers around the state.
"Tricia Pridemore did a phenomenal job as co-chair of my Inaugural Team despite the hurdles we faced with the extreme weather conditions," Deal said. "I have 100 percent confidence in her abilities."
Delegates to the State Republican Party Convention will pick the party chair during its May convention in Macon.
Pridemore said, "I have been active in numerous grass-roots campaigns to bring about change in the Republican Party for much of my life."
While attending Kennesaw State University, she was the chairperson of the College Republicans there. She went on to volunteer in the McCain/Palin campaign, and then worked on the staffs of Congressman Austin Scott and State Attorney General Sam Olens.
Pridemore, it turns out, also founded the Cobb/Cherokee County 912 Project, and then went on to assume the role of Georgia State Director of the 912 Project founded by conservative talk show host Glenn Beck until she decided to run for the State GOP Chairmanship.
"I decided that this was my time to help the Republican Party represent more effectively the wishes of its members, such as returning to the principal of limited government," she said.
She said she intends to bring technology and greater resources to the party faithful as Republicans aggressively challenge the Obama Administration.
Pridemore described herself as a successful small businesswoman. She said she worked for Forbes, the Georgia Press Association and Cookbook Digest. Pridemore said she then served as vice president of product and marketing strategy for StrongMail.Systems, senior vice president of marketing at Premiere Global Services, and as the CMO and founding principal of Accucast.