Ellijay, GA. – The Gilmer County Republican Party met on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Gilmer County Courthouse to hold their Precinct Mass Meetings and County Convention. According to County Convention Chairman Stephen Aaron, who was previously appointed such by Chairman Richie Stone, the Precinct Mass Meetings and County Convention is held once every two years, making the next County Convention take place in the year 2021. According to Carol Bollinger, precinct chairman of the Yukon precinct, the turnout could have been better, but cites that the Conventions have generally been held on a Tuesday, and has just in recent years been changed to take place on Saturday.
Part one of the convention, the Precinct Mass Meetings, started at 9 a.m. with the 13 precincts that make up Gilmer County voting for delegates for part two of the meeting (the County Convention), as well as precinct secretary and chairman. According to the Gilmer County Republican Party website, “Each precinct has a certain number of delegates based on its votes in the 2016 Presidential election. Generally, however, there are enough delegate slots such that all the participants can be delegates to the County Convention.”
At 10 a.m., after the Precinct Mass Meetings and a brief recess, the County Convention began, which is a meeting of all of the delegates from the precincts. During this meeting, the delegates elected officers for the county Republican party for the next 2 years, as well as delegates and alternates for the District and State conventions to come.
The first act of business was County Convention Chairman Stephen Aaron nominating Larry Lynch to be parliamentarian, though this statement was revoked with Stephen Aaron requesting nominations for Convention Secretary. Sally Forest was nominated and elected uncontested. Larry Lynch was then nominated by Stephen Aaron, with Sheriff Stacy Nicholson being appointed Sergeant at Arms.
During the Preliminary Report from the Credentials Committee, the Ellijay South precinct was reported to have 27 delegates with seven present. Cartecay had 18 delegates with four present. Tails Creek had 16 delegates, one present. Town Creek had 11 delegates, zero present. Leeches had 25 delegates, two present. Cherry Log had nine delegates, zero present. Boardtown had 15 delegates, one present. Mountaintown had 13 delegates, zero present. East Ellijay had 16 delegates, one present. Ellijay North had 17 delegates, two present. Yukon had 14 delegates, one present. Big Creek had 16 delegates, zero present. Ellijay North East had 19 delegates, five present.
According to parliamentarian Larry Lynch, for the Gilmer County Republican Party bylaws, not much was reported to have changed, though the Assistant Secretary position was removed. The Communications Director was given a title and made a more substantial part of the community. The word “Board” was removed, the term County Executive Committee now being used throughout the bylaws. No further proposed amendments were made and were adopted by the party uncontested.
During the report from the Nominating Committee, parliamentarian Larry Lynch nominating Richie Stone as chairman, Rita Odom as 1st Vice-Chairman, Gary Engel as 2nd Vice-chairman, Georgia Cobble as Secretary, and Trent Sanford as Treasurer. No additional nominations were made, and all were elected uncontested.
There were 15 slots for Delegates and Alternates for the District Convention to come, with no alternates. There were no additional nominations, and all were elected uncontested.
There were 11 slots for the Delegates for the State Convention to come, with two alternates. Gary Engel was then nominated as an alternate, and all were elected uncontested.
During Resolutions from the Resolutions Committee, Glenda Sue Johnson, Clerk of Superior Court for over 34 and 1/2 years, was recognized during the convention for her outstanding public service to Gilmer County, as well as the Republican Party. No other resolutions were made.
Up next is the District Convention on Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Dillard, GA, in which 17 people from the 9th District of Georgia will be elected to serve on the Georgia State Republican committee, or the statewide body which acts for the party between conventions. After that will be the State Convention on May 17-18, 2019 in Savannah, GA. There are registration costs for both the District and State Conventions.
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