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Orndorff for Chairman

April 9, 2012 1 comment

By now, you’ve likely heard that I am seeking the Chairmanship of the Shenandoah County Republican Committee. I’m seeking the Chairmanship after a decade of political work and leadership on the committee. I wanted to lay out my platform below here for visitors to the blog, as I know that some have come here seeking more information. I’ve also uploaded a brochure that can be viewed here.

The brochure provides a great deal more information, and I feel my vision lays out some clear goals should I be elected chair, so I don’t feel the need for a lengthy post. Basically, I am seeking the chairmanship at this time, a time when our committee and our party is desperately in need of leadership to advance our shared values. This is not a public policy position, but I consider myself a strong conservative. Ultimately, we must recognize the fact that, although we may not agree on every single issue, we absolutely must work together or else risk allowing those who are diametrically opposed to our values to prevail. As Ronald Reagan said, “My eighty percent friend is not my twenty percent enemy.” We need a chairman who will work with all sides and will encourage people to always be civil and to recognize the need for unity. We have alot of work to do, but I feel up to the challenge and have the experience to prove I can lead this committee to victory. Again, check out my brochure, and if you’re interested, please attend your local precinct mass meeting (locations here) at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, April 12th so you can be a delegate at the Monday, April 23rd convention, at 7:30 pm at Central High School in Woodstock. I hope that between now and then I can earn your support!

OPENNESS

  • Ensuring all party calls are written clearly and to legal requirements
  • Publicizing party procedures to all interested participants
  • Providing rosters and state and local party plans to all committee members
  • Holding regular meetings and conferences with executive board members
  • Actively recruiting volunteers through regular social events
  • Regular website updates and e-newsletters
  • Conducting all party business by parliamentary procedure and party rules

UNITY

  • Open door policy to address concerns of committee members and officeholders
  • Believes the position of chair is one of a fair and unbiased arbiter of the process
  • As chairman, Craig will seek no other party or public office
  • Having frank and open discussions about our nominating processes

ACTION

  • Establishing clear fundraising and campaign plans every year
  • Making media outreach strategies a planning priority
  • Writing and approving a budget each year
  • Working with candidates for victory across the board
  • Establishing new databases of supporters and voters
  • Making sure that we start each year with clear contact goals and timeliness
  • Providing political education for precinct and district leadership (manuals/training sessions)

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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Notes from SCRC

March 13, 2010 4 comments

(County Convention, 6th District News below the fold)

As promised, I have something to write about. Well, it may not be of interest to the Virginia Blogosphere at large, but there are some tidbits that play into outside races, and in the interest of picking back up local political coverage, here it is. This was the first meeting in nearly seven years that I did not have to speak at, and I must say: I certainly understand the tedium that can build in the cheap seats now.

First up were various reports from Chairman Mike Monahan and the other officers of the committee. Not much there, other than the expected kudos for electioneering activities and our victories in November. Of note–the Committee will be hosting its Annual Lincoln Day Dinner two Fridays from now, March 26th, at 6:15 p.m. at the Yellow Barn Complex at Shenandoah Caverns. Congressman Goodlatte, Delegate Gilbert, and Senator Obenshain will all be there–however, we’ll also be hearing from Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, as well as RPV Chairman Pat Mullins. I suspect we’ll also be seeing our candidates for Congressional District Chairman. Tickets start at $20 and details are available here. (Full disclosure: I am both a sponsor of the dinner and also purchased ad space to promote this modest venture of mine)

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Lincoln Day DInner Tonight

Tonight the Shenandoah County Republican Committee will gather for an annual tradition, its Lincoln Day Dinner. The event is such an integral part of Committee tradition that no one’s entirely sure when the first one was held–it dates at least back to the 1950s. For many, many years it has been the premier event for the party. However, its role as the party’s main fundraiser traces back only to last year–however, its already starting to prove its worth, as last year we made nearly $1,000 (much needed when we discovered we had to buy our own supplies), and this year we are looking to shatter records for both fundraising and attendance, as keynote speaker former Governor George Allen is bringing many people out of the woodwork. We’ll also be joined by Delegate Todd Gilbert, Senator Mark Obenshain, and all three candidates for Attorney General. 

Tonight begins, hopefully, another new tradition–digital documentation of the event. I hope to bring updates to you via Twitter, along with video with excerpts of speeches and tons and tons of photos. So stay tuned if you aren’t able to make it, and be sure to come back tomorrow if you’re going to be there.

Allen to Headline Shenandoah Lincoln Day Dinner

February 16, 2009 Leave a comment

George Allen will be the featured speaker at the Shenandoah County Lincoln Day Dinner at 6 p.m. on March 14th at the Yellow Barn at Shenandoah Caverns in Mt. Jackson. Allen has been making the rounds of recent vintage, indicating to some that he may be pursuing elective office sometime in the near-future. Allen has some Shenandoah County ties: Walt Smith of Toms Brook was one of his biggest supporters, driving then Congressman Allen around the state in his RV during the insurgent days of his Gubernatorial campaign against Woodstock’s own Clint Miller. Additionally, Delegate Todd Gilbert served on both Allen’s Congressional and Campaign staff. 

Also slated to speak are Bill Bolling, Todd Gilbert, Ken Cuccinelli, Dave Foster, John Brownlee, Bob Goodlatte, and Jeff Frederick. It’ll be a great night of politics. The Lincoln Day Dinner has slowly morphed in recent years to become the premiere fundraising event for the county. The event is very affordably priced for a fundraiser. For those who can’t quite swing it this time, be assured that there will be plenty of chances to catch our statewide candidates as they swing through Shenandoah County, including our annual Unity Picnic, an old tradition to bring together our team for the final fall stretch that was revived last year. 

Below is more information about how you can be part of the festivities: 

 

The Dinner, catered by Shaffer’s, starts at 6:00 pm

Private Reception for Sponsors and Dignitaries at 5:00 pm 

Standard Tickets: $20 

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 from the podium and will be honored at the greeter’s table.

Event Sponsor: $50 per ticket.

Event Patron: $30 per ticket.

Contact information: Jeremy McCleary (540)459-2444; jdmccleary@gmail.com