HIAWASSEE, Ga. – As the November General Election draws near, Towns County Republican Party has planned a GOPTV viewing event in effort to encourage voter participation at the local polls. The rally will be held on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m. at the Towns County Civic Center, located adjacent to the Towns County Courthouse.
Several politicial figures, including State Senator John Wilkinson, State Senator Steve Gooch, and State Representative Matt Gurtler, are scheduled to attend. Others, such as Congressman Doug Collins, are slated to appear via Skype. Gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp, Secretary of State candidate Brad Raffensperger, and Attorney General incumbent Chris Carr will be represented by surrogate or video. Additional dignitaries and candidates have been invited, and the list continues to grow with each passing day.
Summer Rahn is scheduled to perform the National Anthem, with local Boy Scouts leading the recitement of the Pledge of Allegiance at the commencement of the event. Cake and coffee will be served once the rally concludes with attendees singing “God Bless America.”
Yard signs in support of Republican candidates will be made available.
Towns County Republican Chair Betsy Young requests for attendees to RSVP by dialing 904-382-1912 or emailing Chair@TownsCoGAGOP.org
HIAWASSEE, Ga. – An echoing theme from Towns County GOP Chair Betsy Young, along with Party members in recent months, has been dire concern that voter apathy could shock local Republicans this coming November. “If this is all we’ve got, we’re in trouble,” Young said on Thursday night, referencing the slight attendance at the monthly Towns County GOP meetings, “People seem to think that because (Stacey Abrams) is black and a woman, that she could never become the Governor of Georgia. I fear Republicans will stay home in November. The voters in Atlanta alone can determine who wins this race. We cannot become complacent.”
Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams is facing Republican candidate Brian Kemp for the Governor’s seat in the General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Tauted as a “progressive champion” by supporters, Abrams is on a mission to win, battling conservative Kemp each step of the way.
Young may harbor a valid point if the lack of voting trend continues. The May Primary Election beckoned a mere 21.6 percent of Towns County’s registered voters to the polls. While the county is composed of roughly 80 percent Republican voters – and if Towns is an indicator of statewide placidity – widespread Republican disregard could potentially swing the election in Abrams’ favor, turning Georgia from red to blue in November.
Towns County GOP meets at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Towns County Civic Center in Hiawassee.
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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Republican Party hosted an “Old-Fashion Rally and BBQ” on Hiawassee Town Square, the weekend prior to the state run-off election. Towns County GOP Chair Betsy Young organized and orchestrated the event, drawing Gubernatorial candidate Casey Cagle , and Secretary of State candidate David Belle Isle, to visit with constituents.
Georgia State Senator Josh McKoon spoke on behalf of Lieutenant Governor candidate David Shafer, and former State Representative Stephen Allison represented Gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp. Kemp was unable to attend due to an engagement with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in Macon, Georgia.
Vendors set up shop along Berrong Street, and K&K Killer Kue served smoked pork barbeque sandwiches to guests.
The Republican Party held a bake sale, and the President’s Team manned an information booth.
Radio host of EXtreme Carolina, Michael Levi Borkman, served as Master of Ceremony.
Former Towns County Republican Chair Mark Wolchko streamed music, leading up to the candidate “stumping”.
Chris Clinton, who serves as Towns County Sheriff, and his band provided live entertainment.
Hiawassee Police Department chipped in, providing not only security, but supplying a needed tent and table for visitors.
Towns County Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw, staying throughout, and Hiawassee Mayor Liz Ordiales made a brief appearance at the event.
The State Run-Off Election takes place tomorrow, July 24. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
(Feature Image: Blairsville Mayor Jim Conley shakes hands with Gubernatorial candidate Casey Cagle)
HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Republican Party announced at their monthly meeting that Georgia gubernatorial candidate, Casey Cagle, accepted an invitation to attend an “Ole Fashion Rally” on Hiawassee Town Square, scheduled for Saturday, July 21, 2018. In addition, Cagle plans to ride in the Georgia Mountain Fair parade, which will immediately proceed the political rally. According to Towns County GOP Chair Betsy Young, gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp was extended an invite as well, but declined, citing a prior obligation. Secretary of State candidate David Belle Isle may attend.
Towns County GOP states all are welcome, with hope the event will prove to be a positive experience for all who attend. Nine vendors have thus far committed, and Towns County Sheriff Chris Clinton will perform with his band. Michael Borkman, host of EXtreme Carolina and a Movers and Shakers moderator, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
Pulled pork barbeque, homemade baked goods, and cold beverages will be available for purchase. The event will include candidate “stump speeches” and an elephant-calling contest. The rally takes place days before the July 24 run-off election.
Towns County GOP opened the June session with approval of the previous month’s minutes and financials, then set forth plans for the upcoming event. Keeping with the parade’s theme, “Hometown Pride,” the political party has chosen to enter a float celebrating the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in the procession. The parade, which will travel west on Main Street, will begin at 11:00 a.m. with the rally following thereafter.
“We need to think of new ways of growing the (Towns County GOP) and having a float in the parade, along with the rally, will help visibility,” Young said.
Towns County GOP’s mission statement reads as follows: “Promoting political participation through education, loyalty, respect for each other’s opinions, and the unified support of the Party’s objectives and policies.”
For additional information on the Towns County GOP or upcoming rally, email Betsy Young at TCGOPChair@gmail.com
HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Republican Party is seeking additional vendors and performers for its upcoming Old-Fashion GOP Rally and Bar-B-Q, scheduled to coincide with the opening of the Georgia Mountain Fair parade Saturday, July 21, 2018.
While the events are not related, they are set to take place on the same day.
“Hometown Pride” is the theme of this year’s Georgia Mountain Fair opening day parade. The parade will celebrate its 68th anniversary. Floats will trace their way down Main Street, along with antique cars, tractors, fire trucks, horses, and the Towns County High School marching band. First prize for best float is $2,500. A total of $4,500 in prizes will be awarded. The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds has received 15 participant applications thus far and expects that number to increase as July approaches. Businesses and organizations who would like to take part are asked to contact Hilda Thomason, manager of the fairgrounds, at 706-896-4191.
Following the parade, Towns County GOP will host local and statewide political primary “through” candidates on Hiawassee Square.
“We want to organize a very positive event,” Towns County GOP Chairwoman Betsy Young told FetchYourNews. “It will be a day of contests, music, food, crafts, and candidates on the stump. A fun, old-fashion rally.”
Young said there will be an elephant-calling contest, and the Towns County GOP mascot, “Trumpet”, a large inflatable elephant, is sure to join the festivities.
Chris Clinton Band is scheduled perform, and several vendors have already signed up to participate in the event. Barbecue pulled pork, ice cold drinks, and homemade baked goods will be available for purchase.
Plenty of 10-by-10 foot spaces are still available for $20.00 per spot. Proceeds will benefit the Towns County Republican Party general fund.
Set-up begins at 8 a.m. with the rally beginning once the parade ends. The Georgia Mountain Fair parade is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.
Those interested in participating as vendors or musicians at the political rally are asked to contact Betsy Young at TCGOPChair@gmail.com.
HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Republican Party invited Georgia Secretary of State candidate, David Belle Isle, to share his campaign platform at their monthly meeting on April 19, 2018.
If elected, Isle says he is focused on two main interests: Defeating voter fraud and championing Georgia jobs.
“I’m committed to cyber-secured, paper-verified elections and empowering individuals through free market solutions and tools of opportunity,” Isle states.
The former mayor of Alpharetta, Georgia, began by addressing issues within the current voting system, offering solutions.
Isle spoke of a need for updated voting machines and explained his plan to bolster voter confidence. Isle described a three-step process involving casting ballots in the current manner, but also the addition of a printed record that can be verified by the voter, then scanned into a second database, with the electronically-printed physical copy stored as well.
Isle also spoke of changes necessary to combat voter fraud and prevent illegal immigrants from voting.
“In Georgia, you do not need to be a U.S. citizen to vote in Georgia elections,” Isle told the conservative constituents, “In block five on the front page (on the voter regiation form) there are three options. You can put your driver’s license number, that’s one option. If you don’t have a driver’s license number, in the middle you can put your social security number. If you don’t have a social security number, all you have to do is is check the box on the far right. It says that you have a driver’s license or a social security number. If you fill out the rest of the voter registration form and submit it, you will be registered to vote whether you are a U.S. citizen or not. The state legislature realized this back in 2010, and they passed the Proof of Citizen Act, but we are now in 2018, and the Proof of Citizenship Act has yet to be implemented.”
“If you vote with an absentee ballot, you don’t have to show proof. You don’t have to have a notary, you don’t have to have a witness,” Isle noted, “That’s a hole we need to plug.”
The sixth-generation Georgian says he plans to go above and beyond the duties of State Secretary if elected. Isle intends on delivering rural broadband and strategic workforce development through free market solutions, fighting job killing regulations, and supporting agriculture, technology, and other emerging industries.
Towns County GOP has announced State Representative Incumbent Matt Gurtler will speak at their meeting on April 17, 2018.
The Republican Party meets on the third Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. for social refreshments, with meetings beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Towns County Civic Center.
Republican Chair Betsy Young encourages the public to attend.
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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County GOP welcomed state senator and gubernatorial candidate, Michael Williams, to their monthly meeting on the evening of Thursday, March, 15, 2018. Senator Williams took office in 2014 after winning the election with 66 percent of the vote against a long-time incumbent. Williams opened his address by recounting a number of hardships he encountered and overcame throughout his life, including the suicide of his Vietnam veteran father when Williams was 14 years old, literal and metaphorical hurdles he faced while competing on his school’s track team, and a trying battle against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which he won.
The candidate for Georgia governor stated that he is the only contender who supported President Donald Trump during the election, claiming his opponents feared the donor base of the establishment. Williams avows to continuing fighting said establishment and says the self-funding of the majority of his campaign is just the beginning of his goals.
Senator Williams said he plans to remove Georgia’s state income tax, promote term limits for all statewide offices, end common core in schools, oppose casinos in Georgia, and recover Georgia lottery funds for the Hope Scholarship.
During his time in office, Senator Williams has introduced legislation into the State Senate to freeze state tuition rates for college students. He plans to introduce pay raises for law enforcement without increasing taxes and said he will continue to fight to protect Stone Mountain and other Confederate monuments from what he refers to as “radical Democrats.”
Michael Williams states he will outlaw sanctuary cities and begin deportations. Williams says he is the only candidate with a plan to identify and begin the deportation process through 287(g).
“Every murder, every rape, and every crime committed by an illegal against an American citizen is enabled by a Democrat,” Senator Williams asserted. “This may seem harsh, but the facts are obvious. Democrats fight against the border wall and other means to keep illegals out of our country. They block efforts to keep our citizens safe, making them complicit in each crime committed by an illegal. It’s that simple.”
The conservative candidate said he is adamantly pro-life and an advocate of religious freedom legislation. In addition, the senator affirmed he is a proponent of the second amendment and constitutional carry.
When asked what sets the candidate for governor apart from the rest, Michael Williams said he is not funded by lobbyists, special interest groups, or corporations. “All of the other candidates, from Casey Cagle to Hunter Hill, get their money from those groups. I’m the only one that is self-funding, as well as relying upon hardworking Georgians, which allows me to stand up for the hardworking people of Georgia,” Williams stated.
Towns County GOP meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Towns County Civic Center, adjacent to the Towns County Courthouse. A social gathering begins at 5:30 p.m. with the session taking place at 6 p.m.
The Towns County Democratic Party has encountered difficulty arranging a date and location that meets the needs of its members. FetchYourNews is in contact with the Towns County Democratic Party Chair and plans to attend meetings once a schedule is established.