COEUR D'ALENE - The Idaho Republican Party elected its former executive director as its chairman.

The Spokesman-Review reports Jonathan Parker will be the next Idaho GOP chairman after a vote Saturday.

Parker was elected by a secret ballot where voters wrote down a candidate's first name.

"I am truly honored to serve as the Chairman of the Idaho Republican Party," Parker said in a statement. "I look forward to working alongside our grassroots leaders and elected officials as we unite behind our conservative principles and support our candidates as we head into the critical 2018 elections."

Parker was unable to attend the GOP general session because he was called away on an urgent family matter.

He currently serves as Idaho director of government affairs for the Holland and Hart law firm. Before he was executive director of the Idaho GOP, he was a congressional office district director and ran several campaigns.

Region VI executive representative Charles Horikami was the lone other candidate nominated for state party chairman.

Parker will serve as chairman until the next state convention in 2018.