By Mat Batts / The Dispatch
The Davidson County Republican Party elected its party officials and passed a motion in support of the proposed Todd Cook Memorial Bridge Saturday during its 2017 precinct meetings and convention at Lexington Senior High School.
Through a slate vote consisting of a chairman, vice-chairman, secretary, treasurer and five at-large executive committee members, current party Chairman Clark Brown retained his position after a nomination by Davidson County Clerk of Superior Court Brian Shipwash.
Brown’s slate included Vice-Chairman Terry Price, Secretary Karen Watford, Treasurer Tyler Forrest and at-large members Michael Byrd, Gary Craver, Randy Fowler, Kevin Speight and Brandon Woosley. The slate was one of three considered for election. Brown’s slate received more than 50 percent of the vote on the first ballot.
“I can just do my best to abide by the rules to try to pull the Republican Party together,” Brown said in a phone interview Monday.
Brown was first elected as the local party chairman in 2015 and served a two-year term before Saturday’s reelection.
The party’s biggest challenges, beyond cohesion, will be fundraising in preparation for the 2018 mid-term elections, Brown said. Brown added that he hopes to be able to afford a party headquarters for 2018 election similar to the party’s South Main Street headquarters in 2016.
Fundraising will also go a long way towards grassroots efforts for the party including the printing of flyers and mail-outs throughout the county, Brown said.
“I just want to move along and just help our candidates like we did last time as much as possible,” he said.
Before Saturday’s election, party members passed a motion directing the party’s chairman to speak before the Davidson County Board of Commissioners Tuesday night in favor of a proposed memorial bridge on U.S. Highway 64 honoring former Davidson County Sheriff’s Deputy Todd Cook.
Cook was killed in the line of duty in 2000 and commissioners are scheduled to consider a resolution Tuesday night naming the bridge in his honor. The resolution must receive unanimous approval before being submitted to the N.C. Board of Transportation.