Communications Committee

I am looking for someone to assist with managing our social media accounts.  Interested parties can contact me at  Please let me know if you or someone you know is interested.  Thank you 🙂

~ Sonya Murdock, Chairwoman MCGOP

Mass Meeting Call, March 2018


Montgomery County GOP Official Call Mass Meeting

As Chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Party of Virginia, and pursuant to the Plan of Organization and as recommended and directed by the County Committee, I, Bob Dickenson, do hereby issue this call for a Party Mass Meeting to be held at the Montgomery County Government Center, 755 Roanoke Street, Christiansburg, Virginia 24073 (or it’s alternate site) on Thursday, March 15, 2018.  Registration is open from 6:00 to 7:00 pm with the Mass Meeting beginning promptly at 7:00 pm for the following purposes:

  1. Electing a chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Party;
  2. Electing members of the Montgomery County Republican Committee;
  3. Electing up to 640 Delegates and an equal number of Alternates to the 9th District Convention to be held on April 21, 2018 at the George Wythe High School, #1 Maroon Way, Wytheville, Virginia 24382 (or its alternate-site) beginning at 10:00 a.m. local time for the purposes of electing a 9th District Chairman, and for the transaction of such other business as may properly come before the Convention;
  4. No resolutions shall be permitted from the floor;
  5. No nominations for chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Party shall be permitted from the floor;
  6. And for the transaction of such business as may properly come before the Mass Meeting. In the event of inclement weather or adjournment on March 15, the Mass Meeting will be held the following Thursday, March 22, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. at the Montgomery County Government Center (or its alternate site). All pre-filing deadlines as outlined below remain the same.

Qualification for Participation

All legal and qualified voters of Montgomery County under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, regardless of race, religion, national origin or sex, who are in accord with the principles of the Republican Party and who, if requested, 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 its Mass Meetings, party canvasses, conventions or primaries encompassing their respective election districts. In addition to the forgoing, to be in accord with the principles of the Republication Party, unless otherwise stipulated by the Montgomery County Republican Committee, a person otherwise qualified hereunder shall not have participated in Virginia in the nominating process of another party other than the Republican Party within the last five years.

A single exception to this shall be approved for a voter that renounces affiliation with any other party in writing, and who expresses in writing that he/she is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party and intends, at the time of this writing, to support the nominees of the Republican Party in the future. Any voter that utilizes the forgoing exception, and thereafter participates in the nominating process of a party other than the Republican Party, shall not have the benefit of the exception thereafter.

Filing Requirements

  1. Chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Party – Candidates for the position of Party Chairman shall file a written statement of intent of their candidacy by mail to (including email) or in person to Bob Dickenson, 2061 Peakland Way, Christiansburg, Virginia 24073; or by email to, which must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Saturday, March 10, 2018. Postmarks do not govern.
  2. Candidates for election as Delegate or Alternate to the Ninth District Convention, can pre-file a written statement of their candidacy on a form provided by the County Committee to the Montgomery County Republican Committee, P.O. Box 997, Christiansburg, Virginia 24068 which must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., March 10, 2018, or attend the Mass Meeting. Postmarks do not govern. The pre-filing forms can be obtained by contacting Bob Dickenson at (540) 382-0561 or (404) 428-5018 or online at for the District Convention.
  3. All candidates for membership in the Montgomery County Republican Party need to submit a written statement of their candidacy on a form provided by the County Committee to the Montgomery County Republican Committee, P.O. Box 997, Christiansburg, Virginia 24068, which must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., March 10, 2018, or be present at this Mass Meeting. A mandatory $20 filing fee is required along with current contact information.

Registration Fees and Additional Information

There is no fee to participate in the Mass Meeting. There is a mandatory registration fee of $10.00 to participate in the 9th District Convention which can be submitted with the filing form or paid at the Convention during registration. This Call shall be published on the websites of the Montgomery County Republican Party, the Ninth Congressional and the Republican Party of Virginia. The requirement to publish this Call in a newspaper of general circulation was waived by a vote of the County Committee at the meeting of February 8, 2018, a quorum being present and approved by the Committee.


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Virginia’s 2017 GOP Statewide Ticket

Virginia Primary Recap

As the polls closed at 7:00 pm [June 13th, 2017], voters expected a much tighter race on the Democratic side between Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and ex-Rep. Tom Perriello.  However, the pollsters failed to accurately predict the election in Virginia again, since Republican’s who lean toward Trump’s policies stunned the state for a second consecutive year.  Corey Stewart, the former Chairman of Trump’s campaign in Virginia, shocked many on the Republican side with approximately 155,780 votes (42.5 % of the total vote).  Yet this was not enough, as the former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie won the Republican nomination with approximately 160,100 votes (43.7% of the total vote).  This tells Virginian’s that the election in November is a major battleground state for both parties due to the pollsters failure to gauge  the strength of the “silent majority” in Virginia.


The Republican Ticket For November

Now that the dust has settled and the candidates have been chosen, it is important to know some basic information about the candidates.

Ed Gillespie- GOP candidate for Governor

Ed Gillespie is a business owner, the former Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, and the former chairman of the Republican National Committee.  Ed has proven he is strong conservative leader by being a lead author in the 1994 Contract with America and serving as a counselor to President George W. Bush.

As Governor, Ed has pledged to be a Governor “For All Virginians.”  In his agenda, some of his top priorities include cutting taxes, removing barriers to job creation, strengthening Virginia’s education system and reducing healthcare costs.   To learn more about Ed Gillespie, visit his website at



Jill Vogel- GOP candidate for Lt. Governor

Jill Vogel is a nationally recognized ethics attorney and is also a business owner that employs over 600 people in Virginia.  Most importantly, Jill is a working mom who  understands the everyday struggles many Virginians are dealing with and wants to help make a positive impact for Virginia.

As Lt. Governor, Jill has vowed to put “principle before party” which is because “they are not partisan issues, they are good government issues.”  These issues include growing the economy, creating educational opportunities, protecting women and children, and defending the constitution.  To learn more about Jill Vogel, visit her website at


John Adams – GOP Candidate for Attorney General

John Adams is a former United States Naval Officer as well as a former clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court..  With a law degree from the University of Virginia, John is now in private practice and leads a team of more than 50 lawyers.

As Attorney General, John plans to fight for Virginians by preventing federal government overreach, protect religious liberties and to ensure equal opportunity for every student in Virginia to receive a good education .  John has spent a lifetime of serving Virginia and the United States and is ready to serve as the Attorney General for Virginia.  To learn more about John Adams, visit his  website at








All information was obtained from the candidates respective websites

Carl East, Republican Candidate for District C

Carl East

Carl East has called Elliston his home for the past 42 years, where he and his wife have raised their three sons.  He has given back to his community by volunteering as a recreational sports coach, teaching kids fundamentals in sports and teamwork and volunteered as a Scout Master where he provided direction, coaching, and support for boys in the Eagle Scouts.  Furthermore, East is a former marine, serving from 1982 to 1986.  After his time in the corp, he started his trade as a diesel mechanic in the coal fields of McDowell County, West Virginia.  Later, East attended Nashville Auto-Diesel College where he received an associates degree and came back to the area, working as a diesel mechanic for Highway Motors.  As a service manage and 23 years of experience, East understands Human Resource relations and knows how to make and manage budgets.



In a campaign statement, East writes,

“We need a strong voice on the Board of Supervisors to represent our district, our community, our people, and our kids.  We have to have a person willing to stand up and fight the good fight, to keep our community aware of key issues, and to stand for what is right.  We need to invest in our children by giving them opportunities that they deserve.  We want facility improvements and we want equality throughout our country.  Given my work history throughout the county, I am the right person to serve on the Board of Supervisors.

Changes do not happen overnight and cannot be fixed with ‘a simple coat of paint.’ Keeping taxes low, introducing new programs and ideas to revitalize our community are important, but we must dig to the heart of issues facing our community if we are going to build a stronger community.  When you restore a rundown building, you do not start with the roof, you start with the foundation.  Our foundation should start with the young men and women of our community.  If you want growth and change, invest in our youth.

It has been said that our district needs progress.  Eastern Montgomery High School is finally getting the addition to the athletic facility that they have needed for many years.  It took time, persistence, many trips to the School Board and to the Board of Supervisors meetings.  We accomplished our goal.  If elected to the Board of Supervisors, I will continue to work hard for our district to enhance our community, our first responder’s facilities, and our schools.  I will fight the good fight for our community, and most importantly fight for our kids.  Our children are our future.

I do not have endorsements like my opponents.  I am what you see. No frills just straight up BLUE COLLAR.  I stand on the work I have done in our community, and the passion I have to make it stronger.  The only endorsement I care about is from you, the people of District C, the people I want to represent.

I promise as your representative I will stand strong for our children and I will not back down.

I am asking for your help on May 20, 2017 by voting for me for the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors, District C.

Thank you for your support”


Nick Rush, 7th District Delegate

Virginian Leadership

Since 2011, Delegate Nick Rush has been the 7th district delegate and has been a proven leader for the people of Floyd, Montgomery and Pulaski County.  Del. Rush is seeking re-election for the 7th District and does not have an opponent.  Yet, this does not mean his accomplishments should go unnoticed.

Del. Rush is currently a member of the Appropriations, Privileges and Elections, and the Militia, Police and Public Safety committees.  On these committees he has helped promote conservative principles by enacting various bills  such as HB1743.  This bill allows for the retail of wine and beer at nonprofit cinema houses.  Bills such as these allow for small businesses to expand their products, so they might be able to increase their employment and ultimately grow their business.  Furthermore, Del. Rush introduced HB2074 which establishes both individual and corporate income tax reductions on income received from an investment in a Virginia venture capital account.  These conservative economics promoted by Del. Rush benefit the people of  Virginia and boost Virginia’s economy.  This leadership is much needed to do Virginia’s decline in economic growth over the past decade.

Del. Nick Rush

Additionally, Del. Rush understands the importance of being a veteran after serving in the US Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division.  He has helped represent veterans over the years and commemorated them by passing bills such as HJ620 and HB1741.  By enacting these bills, Del. Rush  has helped keep the legacy of the great men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and to support those who are currently in service.

Most recently, Del. Rush introduced a plan to help small school divisions receive funding to deal with a decline in student enrollment.  The plan uses a “10-10-10” formula, which looks to aid school divisions with less than 10,000 students who saw a reduction in their enrollment by 10 percent or more during the past 10 years.  The goal of this is to help offset the loss of funding smaller school divisions experience, so children in these divisions can continue to utilize school services and facilities.

Steve Fijalkowski, Republican Candidate for District C

Steve Fijalkowski

      Thirty four years ago Steve graduated from the State Police Academy and was assigned to Montgomery County.  He and Lynn raised their three girls here in the Shawsville community.  As a Trooper he had a unique perspective of the people who lived in this area and they both consider this place home.  After retirement Steve worked as a manager for a VDOT contractor gaining knowledge of budgeting, contract writing, and negotiating.  Steve is also a veteran serving twenty three years in the Army and Army Reserve.

     As a Republican candidate for the Board of Supervisors in District C, Steve brings a lifetime of experience to the position.  He understands how to work within a budget to prevent increasing taxes, while managing to upgrade Montgomery’s roads, bridges, and schools.  The knowledge learned during his time working on a thirty million dollar VDOT contract spanning a four county area has prepared him for the board.  Steve has worked with many different organizations and people creating good relationships which allow goals to be reached by working together.  Lastly, Steve was recently endorsed by Gary Creed, the current board member of district C, to take over his current position.  

Firehouse Primary Day Rules

Firehouse Primary Day Rules

1.) Signs – Signs will be allowed outside of the Government Center. No signs or campaign literature will be allowed inside the Government Center.

2.) No signs can be posted on the windows or doors of the Government Center.

3.) All signs must be removed no later than 5pm on primary day, May 20, 2017.

4.) Doors to the Government Center will open at 10 am and close at 2 pm.

5.) The actual registration tables and voting “booths” will be in the Multipurpose Room on the first floor of the Government Center.

6.) Registration tables will have computer access to a registered voter file. Should a voter’s name not be on that file, the registration team will access the State Board of Elections website to verify the voter’s registration. If we are still unable to verify the voter’s registration, we will allow the person to cast their ballot but it will be sealed in a Montgomery County Registrar’s office official Provisional Ballot envelope. Following the closing of the polls Party Officials will work with the county registrar’s office to verify the person’s registration. If successfully confirmed by the Registrar’s office the vote will be counted. Depending on the nature of the vote tally this could delay the final release of the election results.

7.) Republican Party officials will close the polls at 2 pm. Anyone in line at that time will be allowed to vote.

8.) Any dispute concerning how a ballot is mark will be adjudicated by the Republican member of the Montgomery County Electoral Board based on standard Electoral Board practice.