Christian Berrigan, operations director of the Clark County Republican Party, is one of five individuals trying to convince the Washington State Republican Party State Committee that he is the right person to lead the state GOP in the wake of former Chair Kirby Wilbur’s abrupt resignation last month.

“The decision to run for chair was not taken lightly, and while my goals are many, there is one and only one ultimate purpose to my candidacy: To advance our Republican Agenda,” Berrigan wrote in a campaign statement delivered to the 117 voting members of the state committee.

Berrigan identified himself as “a 90s values voter who found comfort in the Tea Party movement and is now positively influenced by my multitude of friends in the Liberty Movement” and mentioned often his desire to bring together factions inside the party.

Berrigan has a handful of endorsements, most notably from state Senator Don Benton (R-Vancouver) and state Rep. Liz Pike (R-Camas) both of whom represent constituents within Clark County.