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2012 Shenandoah County Reagan Day Dinner

March 23, 2012 1 comment

Update: Jamie Radtke, candidate for U.S. Senate, has been added to the line-up. Tix are still available, so get yours today!

The Shenandoah County Republican Committee is proud to announce its

2012 RONALD REAGAN DINNER

April 7, 2012

Yellow Barn – Shenandoah Caverns, VA

Featuring:

U.S. Senate Candidates:

Former Governor & U.S. Senator George Allen

Delegate Bob Marshall

Jamie Radtke

6th Congressional District Candidates:

Congressman Bob Goodlatte

Karen Kwiatkowski

Our Legislative Representatives in Richmond:

Senator Mark Obenshain

Delegate Todd Gilbert

The Dinner, catered by Shaffer’s, starts at 6:15 pm

Private Reception for Sponsors and Dignitaries at 5:30 pm

Silent Auction benefitting the Republican Women of Shenandoah County at 5:30 pm

Standard Tickets: $25

Sponsorship Opportunities

Included with a Sponsorship: Dinner & Private Reception, with a chance to meet, and take pictures with, our distinguished guests; A chance to sit at a table, during dinner, with one of our distinguished guests; and recognition in our Event Program.  At dinner, Sponsors will be seated in the order of their sponsorship; within each level, seats will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Levels of Sponsorship

Event Host: $75 per ticket.  In addition to the aforementioned sponsorship perks, Event Hosts will be recognized for their generosity at the greeter’s table.

Event Sponsor: $50 per ticket.

Event Patron: $35 per ticket.

Program Advertising: $50 for Business card size; $100 for half page; $200 for full page.

Contact information:

Jeremy McCleary, SCRC Chairman, or Blake Philips, SCRC Events Chair

(540)459-2444 or (540)459-3727; mcclearylaw@gmail.com; P.O. Box 389 – Woodstock, VA 22664

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.

CALL TO SHENANDOAH COUNTY, VIRGINIA
REPUBLICAN PARTY PRECINCT MASS MEETINGS
AND COUNTY CONVENTION

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.

I’m Back….and I’m calling all Young Republicans

March 31, 2011 1 comment

Most people don’t think of Virginia’s mid-term state elections as the sort of thing to generate alot of excitement. Turnout is notoriously low, largely due to the fact that a wide swath of local and state level races will go uncontested. Yet with all the news on redistricting, pressing state issues, and the gear-up for a (hopefully) a serious debate on the state of our nation, I feel a calling to become active in politics once more.

That’s not to say that I’ve been sleeping. I was at the 6th District Republican Convention last year, went to my local committee meetings in my role as 5th Magisterial District Chair, and I recently attended the Shenandoah County Lincoln Day Dinner. That said, I just feel like I haven’t been engaged. That is, until now. I have a number of projects brewing, which include the restart of this blog. I know, I know, there’s been a number of false starts in the recent past. However, recent events, global, national and local have compelled me to speak out and get active once again.

With this blog, expect a healthy mix of commentary on issues at all levels of concern to political activists, policy thinkers and engaged citizens. I may not post as frequently as I have in the past, but expect at least one post a day as time allows. I have an emerging career in the legal arena (not as a lawyer, but a vital part of the process nevertheless), but I believe that now is the time for a blog to emerge once again in Shenandoah County.

And with that, I’d like to announce my first project. I am currently trying to bring together young people in Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties to form a Northern Shenandoah Valley Chapter of the Young Republicans. Right now I am simply talking to interested individuals, but we hope to get off the ground very soon. In forming this group, I hope to launch an organization that puts a friendly and welcoming face to local Republican activism. The group will strive to be youth and family friendly, with well scheduled meetings to fit in an active lifestyle of today’s valley denizens and that also sheds the often stuffy atmosphere of official committees. Yes, involvement in local committees is vital if you want a true say in the way our party is run, but the fact of the matter is that they are not the best introduction to activism. I foresee an organization that emphasizes community, hard work, and enjoyment with others that hold common principles.

So if you’re between the ages of 18 and 40 and want to belong to a group that not only discusses and embraces our shared values but also works to put them into our government, please contact me. And if you aren’t between those ages, please pass this on to young individuals who have an interest in politics. Remember: we can be the next generation of leaders, but we must first know the issues and prove our worth in putting them into practice. With so much going on in the world and so much at stake, now is the time to get involved, and we want to form an organization that appeals to both individuals with a history of activism and those who are concerned about our future but may need a better introduction to what political involvement is all about.

If you want to be part of this, email me at craig.orndorff@gmail.com. Thanks for reading, and I hope to hear from interested folks very soon.

26th District Update

Well, it’s official–and really has been for days now–that Tony Wilt, President of Superior Concrete, will seek the Republican nod for the special election in the 26th District. Word is that Wilt was the only candidate who seemed to be really working the crowd at last week’s Lincoln Day Dinner, and sources tell me that he’s already lined up key activists and is actively working the party vines. The smoke has definitely cleared, and I think we can downgrade a few candidates. Other than John Elledge, no one else on my initial list seems to be making much noise. It should be noted, however, that at least one potential candidate, Ted Byrd, has a difficult call to make, as the Republican Mass Meeting is coming up in which he would most likely seek re-nomination for City Council.

An important note: the timing is still very much up in the air on this. What we do know is that it will not be in May or June, due both to the timing of Matt’s exact resignation (which also means Lohr will serve in the reconvened session) and state code prohibiting primaries and special elections being on the same day. What will be interesting to watch is if Governor McDonnell calls the election before November–this could give us some hint as to a) if the two special sessions on government reform and transportation are in the works and b) what his support looks like in the House on these issues. Right now, though, the House is not where the big questions are–it’s the Senate where any proposals by McDonnell live or die. The fact that Delegate Sam Nixon was also picked off signals that McDonnell probably isn’t all that worried about the House, but from the looks of it there likely won’t be any Democrats for him to be able to pick off in exchange for cushy appointments–not with the current political atmosphere being so black and white.

According to the DNR, Democrats in the County have gone with a caucus, and the city seems likely to follow. My money for the GOP? Convention. But after my list of potential contenders in the 26th, you might want to look elsewhere for your political betting insights….

Call to Shenandoah County Republican Convention

This has been posted to RPV.org but not to shenandoahgop.com, so I am providing this as a public service to any Republicans in Shenandoah County interested in getting involved with the local committee. I’ll have a full analysis up later on some interesting (but not surprising, once I explain the math) developments regarding the size of the committee, as well as a look ahead to the event.

Comments? Questions? Angry harangues? Leave it the comments, but remember: I didn’t write this. I only voted for it (and it wasn’t worth the fight to change this year).

CALL TO SHENANDOAH COUNTY, VIRGINIA
REPUBLICAN PARTY PRECINCT MASS MEETINGS
AND COUNTY CONVENTION

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 11, 2010, I, Michael Monahan, 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 8, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Orkney Springs – Fire/Rescue Building
Forestville – Community Center
New Market – Rescue Squad
Conicville – Fire Hall
Mt. Jackson – Town Hall
Columbia Furnace – United Methodist Church
Edinburg – Fire Hall
St. Luke – Parish Hall
Woodstock  – Circuit Courtroom
Fort Valley – Fire Hall
Cedar Creek – Community Center
Mt. Olive – Methodist Parish Hall
Toms Brook – United Methodist Church
Lebanon Church – Community Center
Strasburg – Town Hall
Signal Knob – 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

Friday, April 30, 2010 at 7:30 PM

The purposes of the convention are:

1. To elect a Chairman, Precinct Membership, 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 85 delegates and 85 alternate delegates to represent Shenandoah County at the Sixth
Congressional District Convention of the Republican Party of Virginia to be held at Towns
Alumni Center at Liberty University, 1971 University Blvd Lynchburg, VA on Saturday, May 22,
2010 at 10:00 a.m.  The purposes of the District Convention shall be: to elect a District Chairman,
to elect three regional Vice Chairmen, and for the transaction of such other business as may
properly come before the Convention.

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 $20.00 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. 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 – 9 Delegate Votes and 9 Alternate Votes
Forestville – 10 Delegate Votes and 10 Alternate Votes
New Market – 27 Delegate Votes and 27 Alternate Votes
Conicville – 23 Delegate Votes and 23 Alternate Votes
Mt. Jackson – 17 Delegate Votes and 17 Alternate Votes
Columbia Furnace – 10 Delegate Votes and 10 Alternate Votes
Edinburg – 23 Delegate Votes and 23 Alternate Votes
St. Luke – 16 Delegate Votes and 16 Alternate Votes
Woodstock – 33 Delegate Votes and 33 Alternate Votes
Fort Valley – 12 Delegate Votes and 12 Alternate Votes
Cedar Creek – 2 Delegate Votes and 2 Alternate Votes
Mt. Olive – 18 Delegate Votes and 18 Alternate Votes
Toms Brook – 16 Delegate Votes and 16 Alternate Votes
Lebanon Church – 14 Delegate Votes and 14 Alternate Votes
Strasburg – 27 Delegate Votes and 27 Alternate Votes
Signal Knob – 11 Delegate Votes and 11 Alternate Votes

Vote Total:  268 Delegate Votes and 268 Alternate Votes
Delegate Total:  1340 Delegates and 1340 Alternate Delegates

Candidacy Filing Requirements

Candidates for the election for the position of Shenandoah County Republican Committee Chairman shall
file a written declaration of candidacy by mail or in person to Mrs. Amanda McDonald Wiseley, Secretary
of the Shenandoah County Republican Committee by Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 5:00 pm to Amanda
Wiseley, Secretary of the Shenandoah County Republican Committee, 183 East King Street, Strasburg,
Virginia 22657. 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.

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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.

BREAKING: Lohr to become Ag Commissioner, Leave House

Just was alerted to this by a friend of mine who works in the General Assembly–nearby Delegate Matt Lohr (R-26) has been appointed as Commissioner for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Lohr has not yet resigned from the House and will not take the job until May 1st. However, from the tone of his letter (click read more below for the complete letter) he has decided to resign (and almost certainly has to under state law), meaning the move will surely trigger a special election in the district, which comprises Harrisonburg and parts of Rockingham County.

Lohr is a familiar face to those in the Valley, including Shenandoah County, as he often appears on WHSV, the main station for the area. Lohr previously served as a statewide FFA officer and runs his own family farm and pick your own pumpkin patch. I’ve worked very closely with the Delegate on several campaigns and worked with his staff during his first year in the House (he and Delegate Gilbert were both members of the class of 2005). Lohr is definitely an excellent pick for the position, as he brings both extensive knowledge and passion to the position. His letter to supporters is below the fold.

Of course, even with this happy news for the Lohr Family, this does mean that a special election will be triggered in Harrisonburg and creates practical political concerns. The seat went heavily for Lohr in the fall, scoring 73% of the vote and even carrying the city proper, which was the first time a Republican Delegate candidate had since 2001. However, Democrats currently control city council, and they won in 2005 (Kaine only), 2006 and 2008. The city makes up a slim majority of the district, so it could be in play. Still, the overwhelmingly Republican nature of the district makes me lean towards making this a likely Republican hold.

The field may already be cleared, but names to watch as the election develops, on the Republican side:

Chaz Evans Haywood, Clerk of Court
Tom Mendez, City School Board
Mike Meredith, former GOP Chairman
John Elledge, former LA to Delegate Glenn Weatherholtz
Tracy Evans, former city council candidate and City GOP Chair
Kerri Wilson, former City GOP Chair and City School Board Member
Pablo Cuevas, Board of Supervisors member

On the Democratic side:

Kai Denger, Mayor
Gene Hart, Democratic nominee in 2009
Lowell Fulk, Democratic nominee in 2003 and 2005

Wild cards (independents):
Rodney Eagle, 2003 State Senate candidate and former Mayor
Carolyn Frank, 2005 Independent Candidate for Delegate and Councilwoman
Myron Rhodes, local political gadfly and blogger

We’ll track this story as it develops. This may even be enough intrigue to convince me to attend the Rockingham-Harrisonburg LDD this Friday.

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