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Craig Collins Running for State Chairman

March 9, 2015

Craig Collins Running for State Chairman

Craig Collins Running for 

State Chairman

Veteran Grassroots Leader Unites Conservatives

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March 9, 2015                                                                                                     919.828.6455


GASTONIA – NCGOP 10th Congressional District Chairman Craig Collins of Gastonia, a longtime conservative activist and campaign leader, announced that he is a candidate for State Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party.  Collins, a 43 year-old attorney, has garnered the support of leading Republicans in North Carolina.  Teaming up with Collins is former legislator and current NCGOP Vice Chairman Carolyn Justice of Hampstead, who announced that she is running again for Vice Chairman.

Collins and Justice have received the endorsements of U.S. Senator Richard Burr, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis, Governor Pat McCrory, Lt. Governor Dan Forest and U.S. Congressman Patrick McHenry, the Chief Deputy Majority Whip of the U.S. House.  Additionally, State Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, State House Speaker Tim Moore and NCGOP State Chairman Claude Pope endorsed Collins and Justice.

“As we head into the 2016 election cycle, the North Carolina Republican Party needs to be energized and organized like never before,” Collins said.  “As State Chairman, I will raise a tremendous amount of money for the Party and I’ll put together the best possible team to get in the trenches and build a powerhouse grassroots organization.  I am very excited to have Carolyn Justice, a conservative former legislator and talented Vice Chairman, teaming with me as we lead the way to victory.”

“We must energize and organize our Party like never before if we are to carry North Carolina for our Republican Presidential nominee, re-elect Senator Burr and keep Governor McCrory and Lt. Governor Forest at the helm of our state in 2016,” Collins remarked.

Collins is a 1994 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where he majored in Political Science, and he received his law degree from Villanova University School of Law in 1997.  Collins is the owner of the Law Office of Craig Collins in Gastonia.  He and his wife, Shanda, have one son.  Collins attends Bethlehem Baptist Church in Gastonia.

Prior to being elected NCGOP Vice Chairman, Justice served ten years as a Pender County Commissioner and ten years in the North Carolina House.  She also owned and operated a property management company for 25 years and founded the Pender East Newspaper.



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