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Call to 2012 Shenandoah County, Virginia Republican Precinct Mass Meetings and Convention

March 19, 2012 1 comment

Below, for the purposes of public information, is the complete call to Shenandoah County’s Precinct Mass Meetings and County Convention. All of the legal information necessary is below. However, for newbies, here is a basic guide to the process. On Thursday, April 12th at 7:30 pm precinct mass meetings will be held at the locations listed below to elect delegates who will then represent their precinct at the County Convention on Monday, April 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at Central High School in Woodstock. That convention will then a county party chairman and other members of the committee. It will also elect delegates to the Sixth District Convention, which will elect a district chair, three vice-chairmen, three members of the state central committee, one presidential elector and three delegates and three alternates to the Republican National Convention. The County Convention will also elect delegates to the State Convention, which will elect a state chairman, two members of the Republican National Committee, two at-large presidential electors, and thirteen delegates and thirteen alternates to the Republican National Convention. Information on these further up conventions is below, but feel free to ask any questions you may have about the process. I have further news to blog about regarding both the LFSWCD and the County GOP Committee, but for now I wanted to be sure this info gets out there for all interested Republicans.

Note: The voluntary registration fee for the 6th Congressional District Convention is actually $20. However, this is not a required part of the below call and was included for informative purposes only. Also, as these events are technically part of the nominating process for the public office of President, all fees are strictly voluntary.


As Chairman of the Shenandoah County Republican Committee, pursuant to the Plan of Organization of the Republican Party of Virginia, and as recommended and directed by the Shenandoah County Republican Committee at its regular meeting on Thursday, March 8, 2012, I, Jeremy D. McCleary, do hereby issue this Call for Precinct Mass Meetings and a County Convention to be held as follows:
Precinct mass meetings will be held in the sixteen precincts of Shenandoah County at the following locations on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 7:30 PM:

Orkney Springs – Fire/Rescue Building
New Market – Fire Department
Conicville – Fire Hall
Mt. Jackson – Town Hall
Edinburg – Fire Hall
St. Luke – Parish Hall
Woodstock – Circuit Courtroom
Fort Valley – Fire Hall
Cedar Creek – Community Center
Toms Brook – Fire Hall
Lebanon Church – Community Center
Strasburg – Town Hall

The purpose of the precinct mass meetings is to elect delegates and alternate delegates to the Shenandoah County Republican Convention to convene at Central High School in Woodstock, Virginia, or its alternate site on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 7:30 PM

The purposes of the convention are:
1. To elect a Unit Chairman, members of the Unit Committee, and six (6) District Chairmen of the Shenandoah County Republican Committee, in accordance with the Plan of Organization of the Republican Party of Shenandoah County, Virginia, and for the transaction of such other business as may properly come before the Convention; and
2. To elect up to 85 delegates and an equal number of alternate delegates to the Republican Party of Virginia State Convention, to be held on June 16th at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, beginning at 10:00 a.m. for the purposes of electing a State Party Chairman, RNC National Committeeman, RNC National Committeewoman, 13 At-Large Delegates and 13 At-Large Alternate Delegates to the RNC Convention, and two (2) At-Large Presidential Electors. Each unit is entitled to one (1) delegate vote per 250 Republican votes for Governor and President at their last election, so that Shenandoah County is entitled to 85 Delegate Votes; and
3. To elect up to 85 delegates and an equal number of alternate delegates to represent Shenandoah County at the Sixth Congressional District Convention of the Republican Party of Virginia to be held at Rockbridge County High School 143 Greenhouse Road, Lexington, Virginia 24450, or its alternate site, starting at 10:00 a.m. local time on May 5, 2012. The purposes of the Sixth Congressional District Convention of the Republican Party of Virginia are as follows: (1) Elect three (3) delegates and three (3) alternate delegates to the 2012 Republican National Convention to be held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, beginning on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. The purpose of the Republican National Convention is to nominate candidates for President and Vice-President of the United States; (2) Nominate one (1) presidential Elector for the election on November 6, 2012; Elect a District Chairman of the Republican Party; (3) Elect three (3) members of the State Central Committee; (4) Elect three (3) regional vice-chairmen to the Sixth District Committee; and (4) the transaction of any other such business as may properly come before the convention. Each unit is entitled to one (1) delegate vote per 250 Republican votes for
Governor and President at their last election, so that Shenandoah County is entitled to 85 Delegate Votes; and

Voluntary Registration Fee

A voluntary registration fee of $1 is requested of each delegate and alternate delegate to the County Convention, but it is not required to participate in the convention. A voluntary registration fee of $35.00 is requested of each delegate and alternate delegate to the Sixth District Convention, to be paid when the certification is filed with the District Chairman. A voluntary registration fee of $35.00 is requested by the Republican Party of Virginia per delegate or alternate elected to the State Convention. All fees are subject to the limits and prohibitions of the Federal Election Campaign Act and are not tax-deductible.

Allotment of Delegate Votes

The convention shall be composed of delegates and alternate delegates from the respective precincts they represent. Representation shall be based on a percentage of the total number of Republican votes cast in each precinct in the last Presidential and Gubernatorial elections combined. Each precinct will be allowed one (1) delegate vote and one (1) alternate vote for each seventy-five (75) Republican votes cast, or a major fraction thereof. Each precinct shall be entitled to at least one (1) delegate vote. Up to five (5) delegates may be elected for each delegate vote, but no delegate shall have less than one-fifth (1/5) of a vote. Pursuant to Section H (3) of the Plan of Organization of the Republican Party of Virginia, each precinct delegation shall vote full vote at the convention unless otherwise designated by the electing members of the precinct at its mass meeting. Precincts shall be entitled to vote as follows:

Orkney Springs – 13 Delegate Votes and 13 Alternate Votes
New Market – 34 Delegate Votes and 34 Alternate Votes
Conicville – 24 Delegate Votes and 24 Alternate Votes
Mt. Jackson – 19 Delegate Votes and 19 Alternate Votes
Edinburg – 21 Delegate Votes and 21 Alternate Votes
St. Luke – 22 Delegate Votes and 22 Alternate Votes
Woodstock – 40 Delegate Votes and 40 Alternate Votes
Fort Valley – 12 Delegate Votes and 12 Alternate Votes
Cedar Creek – 2 Delegate Votes and 2 Alternate Votes
Toms Brook – 28 Delegate Votes and 28 Alternate Votes
Lebanon Church – 19 Delegate Votes and 19 Alternate Votes
Strasburg – 31 Delegate Votes and 31 Alternate Votes
Vote Total: 265 Delegate Votes and 265 Alternate Votes
Delegate Total: 1325 Delegates and 1325 Alternate Delegates

Candidacy Filing Requirements

Candidates for the election for the position of Shenandoah County Unit Chairman shall file a written declaration of candidacy by mail or in person to Mr. Jeremy D. McCleary, Chairman of the Shenandoah County Republican Committee by Friday, March 23, 2012 at 5:00 pm to Jeremy D. McCleary, Chairman of the Shenandoah County Republican Committee, 147 N. Main Street Woodstock, Virginia 22664. Postmarks shall not be considered. Only those who so file may stand for election at this Convention. Should only one person file for chairman under these requirements then he/she shall automatically be declared elected as chairman. No nominations shall be accepted from the floor of the County Convention, unless no candidate files for the position.

Qualifications for Participation

All legal and qualified voters of Shenandoah County, regardless of race, religion, national origin or sex, under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, who are in accord with the principles of the Republican Party and who, if requested to express in open meeting, either orally or in writing as may be required, their intent to support all of its nominees for public office in the ensuing election, may participate as members of the Republican Party of Virginia in the Convention. All individuals desiring to participate in the Convention may be required to present some form of identification such as a voter registration card, driver’s license, or other positive identification.


Goodlatte Coming to Edinburg

…..before he comes to Mt. Jackson, but hey, you take an audience with your Congresscritter when you can get it. Before he comes to the annual Lincoln Day Dinner next Friday, Congressman Goodlatte will host a dutch treat luncheon next Monday at Creekside Plain and Fancy from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $15. You can pay at the door, but you need to RSVP with Clay Sutton by COB tommorrow, Thursday, March 18th.

Congressman Goodlatte is of course a firm no vote for the Democratic health package, but certainly all of our representatives need to hear from us, particularly in these trying economic times as they try to hold the line on both taxes and spending. I likely won’t be able to make it, but I encourage everyone to take the opportunity to bend the Congressman’s ear and support his upcoming bid for re-election.

Goodlatte’s visit comes on the heels of his endorsement of Shenandoah County Republican Vice-Chairman Jeremy McCleary in his run for the mayor of Woodstock.

A Few Tweaks

December 6, 2009 1 comment

As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve decided to switch my format. I’m still scoping out moving things over to, but for right now I think this theme does a better job of organizing things. It gives me a bit more room on the column to bring back an old feature–a listing of area political events. If you have something you’d like me to promote, send it to me at Please include the date, time, location and sponsoring organization. It also allows me to feature my twitter feed, which thanks to my new phone with QWERTY keypad I’m utilizing more and more these days.

Also, this design allows me to feature my tagline, which was inspired by a high school classmate’s joke about me blogging my way up from a cardboard box in DC. It tickles me to no end–and after all, isn’t the fundamental principle of blog design vanity?

Weyer’s Cave Ticket Stop a Success



Alas, my Flip video camera was AWOL, so I wasn’t able to get video from Monday’s stop by our Republican team at Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport in Weyer’s Cave. However, Steve Kijak over at Righside VA did have his act together and was able to document the event in pictures. The team landed just shortly after noon. On hand to greet them were Delegates Ben Cline, Steve Landes and Matt Lohr; Senator Mark Obenshain; Unit Chairs Mike Meredith, Tracy Evans, Bill Shirley and Chris Darden; and former Delegate Allen Louderback. About 60 ardent supporters packed the lobby of the airport. By 12:45, they were off to the next stop, but not before we set them off with bagged lunches from Shaffer’s Catering of Woodstock. A whirlwind day for our ticket indeed!

More can be found at the Daily News Record, the Staunton News Leader, the Waynesboro News Virginian, WHSV, and NBC29.


The Show of A Lifetime

As many of you may have noticed, I haven’t posted in a while. There’s a very good reason for this.

I know that early on my plans with this blog had been to cover the Valley’s biggest conservative and Republican events. I like to think I had some success with that–however, when I took my present position with the Republican Party of Virginia as a field representative, I became PART of the events, not just an outside observer.

This past weekend held one such event: The 2009 Republican Party of Virginia State Convention. From Thursday to Sunday I was in Richmond helping to set-up and execute the convention. You may have seen me or my colleagues in orange hats, some of us in radios, running around, directing people, and generally helping where possible. I hope that I was courteous and professional to all I came across, if not always helpful, and I am sure that my colleagues were as well.

For those of you who are political professionals, think of a rally on steroids with the additional kink of having to run in a certain way. Over 7,000 people (guests included) filed into the Coliseum over two days. I had to be there on Thursday night for the sign war in the Coliseum–talk about a sign war! No one has any idea on what the count was on downticket signs, and frankly, I think most of us can sleep better at night not knowing.

The RPV staff (Kim Jorns in particular) did an outstanding job of having everything organized and ready to roll so that myself and the rest of the Victory Staff were simply able to come and do the work of keeping the show running. Their eye for logistical detail and watching for problems before they started kept people happy and things moving. The McDonnell campaign also played a pivotal role in the logistics and had the demos and video presentations timed very well.

Of particular interest was the voting for the contested elections. All the campaigns were as civil and understanding as could be expected from an atmosphere were rival campaigns supporters are sitting right next to each other. The voting did not go to a second ballot as anticipated, and actually ended up being timed perfectly with the end of the scheduled presentations. The few kinks that did occur did not delay voting; rather, they were simply for the record books for next year.

One of the biggest surprises of the weekend: the final speech by VT Cadet Adnan Barqawi. He spoke of coming to America just a few years ago, and how our principles and values had made so much possible for him, much of which he could barely concieve of just a little while ago. His unabashed pride in America and his surety of principle (as well as his incredible presence) made for a perfect cap for an event where conservatives united behind their shared ideals and principles. I was counting ballots with the Sixth District during his speech, but even what I heard then reminded me why I became involved in this party and why I am proud to be an American and a Republican.

I have always told people I wanted to go to a legendary contested convention, like the ones in 1978 or 1993. I finally got my wish and a bit more, and I couldn’t be happier about what I saw. In my seven years of political work, both as a volunteer and a professional, I have never been more proud of any organization I have been part of than the Convention and this campaign. We did it gang–now let’s get back to work.

GOP Ticket Barnstorming through Valley

Bob McDonnell and the rest of the GOP team, along with Speaker Bill Howell and the newly minted RPV Chairman will be flying around the state on Monday, June 1st to show that Republicans are united and ready to spread their pragmatic, conservative message from Strasburg to Tappahannock and from Gate City to Fairfax.

The team will be stopping at Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport just a little bit before noon. Make sure to be in the Airport Lobby by 11:45 A.M. so that we call all gather to greet our winning team. To RSVP either click here or email me at If you are interested in covering this event for a media outlet, please let me know.

McDonnell at Apple Blossom

Bob McDonnell stopped by Winchester’s 82nd edition of its Annual Apple Blossom Festival, one of the Commonwealth’s oldest and largest civic festivals. Over a quarter of a million people flock to the city of 30,000 each year for a wide variety of food, tons of events throughout the weekend, and a grand feature parade with over 150 units that is second to none. The festival originated as a celebration of the arrival of blossoms on the thousands of trees that used to cover the area. Although the orchard industry isn’t what it used to be, the city remains proud of what remains its primary agricultural export. 

Although Bob was not part of the parade as he no longer holds office, he couldn’t miss a chance to be part of the festivities. This was not his first stop of the day, however, and would not be his last–he left around 3:30, with a fundraiser in Richmond and plans to campaign at the race in Richmond. 

I would say that Bob is bar none the hardest working man in this race (Terry McAuliffe may come close, but he seems to work hardest when he’s outside of Virginia). When it comes to spreading his message of prosperity and free enterprise to the people he’s actually running to serve, nobody can outwork Bob McDonnell, who’s already working 18 hours a day. 

UPDATE: Krystle has a report from where Bob was earlier yesterday: Delegate Tim Hugo’s kick-off. Goes to show you that Bob is working for Republican victory across the board. He even walked part of the Apple Blossom route with Ann Burkholder, candidate for Commissioner of Revenue in the city