Gila County Republican Party Officers

Gary Morris Chair

Gary has been a registered Republican since graduating from high school. After his enlistment in the U.S. Air Force he served 30 years in public service reaching an assistant department head in one metropolitan city, department head in another large city and a department head for an Arizona county organization. He has also served as an Arizona authorized agency lobbyist for several years working with state legislators as well as lobbying U.S. Representatives and Senators in Washington, D.C. on a number of issues. He had the privilege of personally meeting both Vice President Cheney and President Bush on separate occasions.

Darlene Younker, 1st Vice Chair

Darlene, a native Oklahoman, was an Army brat who lived in over 18 different locations before graduating at Point Loma High School in San Diego, CA where she lived for 30 years before moving to Payson. She attended San Diego State University and earned a bachelor degree from Grossmont College. Darlene first worked in the construction industry and became the general manager of a large remodeling company. She then became the Facilities Manager of a large mental health and substance abuse provider and was responsible for 117 locations throughout California and Baltimore, Maryland. She retired in 2008. Darlene was also volunteer firefighter for 18 years, served on a school board for 17 years, and was involved with the fire board, the local planning group, and many school activities. Darlene. is a lifelong Republican. She is currently the President of the Payson Tea Party, a member of the Rim Country Republican Club, is both a precinct committeewoman and a State Committeewoman, has been the membership chairman for the Payson Art League and is currently a volunteer policewoman.

Sam Moorhead, 2nd Vice Chairman

Sam first served in the Navy and as a Hospital Corpsmen saw service attached to the Marine Corps during the Viet Nam war and completed two tours in Viet Nam.  After he finished college in 1972 Sam joined the Army and retired after a little over 14 years of service. After retirement, Sam began a teaching career.  He held a variety of teaching and special education teaching positions in New Mexico and Arizona. In November 2012 he was elected to the Gila County Community College Board of Governors. His involvement in the Republican Party increased with election to Precinct Committeeman and participation in the Cobre  Valley Republican Club in Globe.  In August 2012, Sam was an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

 Janet Williams, Secretary

Anyone who knows Janet, knows she loves her country and is very knowledgeable of the U.S. Constitution. After completing her stint in Hollywierd as Wonder Woman, Janet tacked the easier job of advising heads of State on all contemporary issues from (A – Z) additives for petroleum products to zephyr phynancing. A long-time Arizona resident, Janet knows everybody in town and can often be seen conversing with friends far and wide. Say “Hello” when you see her and she will regale you with stories of the wild west.

Glen Galster, Treasurer

Glen is a native Lodi Californian who moved to Payson in 1991. He served honorably in the U.S. Navy for 4 years, attended the University of Oregon, then earned a BA in Psychology and continued his postgraduate education in Business Administration at California State University Sacramento. He’s a Payson businessman and a dedicated Republican spanning a period exceeding 40 years. Glen has served in a variety of capacities on local, state and national campaigns and issues including trips to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. to hold our elected representatives accountable to “We the People”. Glen is convinced our Constitutional Republic can only continue by God’s grace and by each of us exhibiting the same vision and principles modeled by the 56 authors and signers of The Declaration of Independence. Its final sentence explains the commitment required by us to maintain our Republic, “And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”