Contributed Photo: The Graham County Republican Party celebrated the opening of its 2020 call center and victory headquarters with a ribbon-cutting Friday. Pictured are, from left, Safford Councilmen Michael Andazola Sr., and Arnold Lopez, Graham County Supervisor Danny Smith, Graham County Superior Court Judge Michael D. Peterson, Graham County Party Chairman John Duane Rhodes, Kathy Rhodes, Jennifer Griffith, Justice of the Peace District One Judge Gary Griffith, and Safford Mayor Jason Kouts. (Woman holding the sign unnamed).
SAFFORD – On Friday, Aug. 14, The Graham County Republican Party – in conjunction with the Graham County Chamber of Commerce – held its ribbon-cutting ceremony for the GOP’s Graham County 2020 Call Center and Victory Headquarters.
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Vance Bryce served the emcee of the event as he introduced Graham County Republican Chairman John Duane Rhodes. Rhodes explained that this was an important location and in past elections served as the site where more than “30,000 calls per month” were made to support Republican candidates.
After a warm welcome, Rhodes invited several elected officials and candidates to share some thoughts to commemorate the occasion. Graham County Supervisor Danny Smith spoke to the group. Smith cited the rich history and commitment of Republicans to benefit the community. Others who offered comments included Graham County Attorney-elect L. Scott Bennett, representatives from the Tiffany Shedd for Congress campaign, Graham County Superior Court Judge Michael D. Peterson, Safford City Councilmen Michael Andazola Sr. and Arnold Lopez, and Safford Mayor Jason Kouts.
At the conclusion of the comments, the group participated in the official ribbon-cutting ceremony. Chairman Rhodes had the honor of officially opening the 2020 Graham County Republican Call Center and Victory Headquarters by cutting the ribbon.
Located at 1420 S. 1st Ave. in Safford, the Republican Headquarters continues to operate and anyone wishing to volunteer to aid in the campaign and election efforts is encouraged to inquire within.