9th District GOP Convention Draws National Spotlight

IMG_0231Republicans from the 9th Congressional District gathered yesterday in Wytheville to hold their 2016 GOP Convention. The event drew national attention because it was the first in Virginia held for the purpose of electing delegates to the Republican National Convention to be held in Cleveland, Ohio in July, and the outcome of those elections could play an important role in the nominating process.

The stated purposes of the convention were to elect the Chairman of the 9th Congressional District Republican Committee; to elect three (3) members of the State Central Committee; to elect three (3) delegates and three (3) alternate delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention to be held in Cleveland, Ohio (or its alternate site) from July 18 – 21, 2016: and to nominate one (1) elector to represent Virginia’s 9th Congressional District in the 2016 Electoral College.

The convention delegates chose former Del. Dave Nutter of Blacksburg as Chairman of the Convention. Congressman Morgan Griffith gave the opening remarks. Delegates also heard from the three Republican candidates for Attorney General as well as Republican members of the General Assembly.

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9th District Republican Chairman Adam Tolbert

Adam Tolbert of Smyth County was re-elected as 9th District Chairman, John Sorenson of Bristol was picked to serve in the Electoral College. Susan Edwards of Roanoke, Michelle Jenkins of Gate City, and Wise County native Corey Scott were elected to the State Central Committee.

The Convention chose between sixteen candidates to fill 3 Delegate positions and 3 Alternate positions for the Republican National Convention. This election has drawn national attention because the 9th District was the first in Virginia to elect their delegates, and it will be these delegates who will decide the eventual Republican nominee if neither Presidential candidate reaches the 1,237 number required to win outright.

Convention delegates are bound to vote according to the results of the Presidential primary on the first ballot, but according to GOP rules, they are unbound on subsequent votes. Some of the candidates for these Delegate positions committed to voting for Trump on all ballots while others committed to switching their votes to Cruz. The outcome is seen as a test of each candidate’s support among GOP members, especially in states like Virginia who have open primaries which allow independents and even Democrats to vote in Republican primaries.

Delegates at the 9th District Convention voted for six of the sixteen candidates, and the winners were chosen from the top vote-getters. Cruz won the top two Delegate spots with Kyle Kilgore and Jordan Labiosa, and Trump picked up the third Delegate with Tucker Davis. A Cruz delegate also won the top Alternate spot with Robert Taconett, and Trump delegates Flux Neo and Tamara Neo took the other two positions.

The Republican Party of Virginia will hold the state convention in Harrisonburg on April 29th and 30th.

Adam Tolbert and 9th District Volunteer of the Year James Willis
Adam Tolbert and 9th District Volunteer of the Year James Willis

NRV Republicans Receive Awards

In addition to the voting that went on, the 9th District Republican Committee presented 3 awards to recognize the contributions of 9th District Republicans who have contributed to making the party successful. Floyd County was recognized as the Unit Committee of the Year for 2015, Mae Midkiff of Giles County was named Unit Committee Chair of the Year for 2015, and James Willis of Montgomery County was named Volunteer of the Year for 2015.

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Here is What You Need to Know About the 9th District Republican Convention

Republicans in Virginia’s 9th Congressional District will gather in Wytheville Saturday for the 2016 9th District Republican Convention. This Convention is an important part of the process by which the Republican Party conducts its business, elects its leadership team, and determines who will represent Virginia at the Republican National Convention as well as the Electoral College.

The Convention will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at the George Wythe High School, 1 Maroon Way, in Wytheville, Virginia. To participate in the convention, you must have already been signed up to be a delegate from your local Republican committee.

Although the Convention will be called to order at 10:00 am, you must be registered before registration closes at 10:00 am, so arrive early. Registration opens at 8:00 am, and delegates should arrive before 9:15 to have enough time to complete the process before registration closes. Don’t forget, you will need a government-issued photo ID in order to be registered.

There is a voluntary registration fee of $10 to help defray the cost of the Convention. Those who choose to pay the fee will be given a special VIP sticker for their Convention credential. Although many people paid the fee at the time of their election, you may still pay at the Convention. Cash or check will be accepted.

There will be some breakfast items available in the morning, and lunch will be provided when the Convention takes a lunch break around noon. Lunch is $6.00 per person, and the only forms of payment accepted will be cash or check. The convention is expected to end by 3:00 pm, but many factors can affect the duration of the event.

The purposes of the Convention, as stated in the official Call, are as follows:

  • to elect the Chairman of the 9th Congressional District Republican Committee;
  • to elect three (3) members of the State Central Committee;
  • to elect three (3) delegates and three (3) alternate delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention to be held in Cleveland, Ohio (or its alternate site) from July 18 – 21, 2016:
  • to nominate one (1) elector to represent Virginia’s 9th Congressional District in the 2016 Electoral College;
  • and for the transaction of any such other business as may properly come before the Convention.

A complete list of candidates for the positions mentioned can be found here.

Former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie Visits Montgomery County

Following his appearance as the speaker at the Giles County GOP’s Stafford-Morris Dinner in Pearisburg, former Republican National Committee Chairman and 2014 Virginia U.S. Senate GOP Nominee, Ed Gillespie paid a visit to Montgomery County on Saturday.

Gillespie and his wife Cathy were at the home of Bob and Scottie Dickenson in Christiansburg for a meet and greet. Bob Dickenson is the newly elected Chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Party. The event provided those in attendance with a chance to meet Ed and Cathy, and to have one-on-one discussions about the important issues facing Virginia.

Montgomery County Republicans Elect New Officers

The Montgomery County Republican Party held its Mass Meeting last night where county Republicans elected delegates to the 9th District Republican Convention in Wytheville, and to the State Republican Convention that will be held in Harrisonburg.

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Outgoing Chairman Mel Huber

Mel Huber, who has served as Party Chairman for the past two years, chose to not seek another term. Following a unanimous vote, Huber passed the reins to newly-elected Chairman Robert (Bob) Dickenson, a retired Law Enforcement Officer who lives in Christiansburg. The Chairman is elected for a two-year term by the qualified voters at the Mass Meeting. To qualify to vote in the mass meeting, a person must be a registered voter in Montgomery County and support the beliefs of the Republican Party.

Sen. David Suetterlein (R-19)
Sen. David Suetterlein (R-19)

Those in attendance also heard from newly elected 19th District Senator David Suetterlein, 7th District Delegate Nick Rush, and 9th District GOP Chairman Adam Tolbert. Tolbert is currently seeking re-election as District Chairman.

At a Unit Committee meeting that immediately followed the Mass Meeting, the Party then elected new officers. James Willis was elected First Vice-Chair, Shirley Martin Second Vice-Chair, Christine Riddell-Griggs Secretary and Dean Dowdy Treasurer.

Official Call for Montgomery County Mass Meeting

Official Call

Mass Meeting

Montgomery County Republican Party

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, Mel Huber, 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 its alternate site) starting at 7:00 p.m. local time on March 14, 2016, with registration beginning at 6:00 p.m. and ending at 7:00 p.m. 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 605 Delegates and an equal number of Alternates to the Republican Party of Virginia State Convention to be held on April 29 and 30, 2016 at James Madison University Convocation Center, 895 University Boulevard, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807 or its alternate site, beginning at 2:30 p.m. on April 29 and 12:00 noon on April 30 local time for the purpose of nominating two Electors At-Large to be voted for in the presidential election on November 8, 2016; electing 13 At-Large Delegates (“National Delegates”) and 13 At-Large Alternate Delegates (“National Alternates”) to the Republican National Convention to be held on July 18 – 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio (or its alternate site) (the  “National Convention”); electing a State Chairman; electing a National Committeeman and National Committeewoman; and for the transaction of such other business as may properly come before the Convention;
  4. Electing up to 605 Delegates and an equal number of Alternates to the 9th District Convention to be held on April 9, 2016 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 purpose of electing a 9th District Chairman; electing three Delegates and three Alternate Delegates to the Republican National Convention to be held on July 18 – 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio (or its alternate site); electing three members of the State Central Committee; nominating one Elector from the Ninth Congressional District of Virginia to be voted for in the presidential election on November 8, 2016 and for the transaction of such other business as may properly come before the Convention;
  1. No resolutions shall be permitted from the floor;
  1. No nominations for chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Party shall be permitted from the floor;
  1. And for the transaction of such business as may properly come before the Mass Meeting.

In the event of cancelation or adjournment on March 14, 2016, the Mass Meeting will be held March 17, 2016, 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 foregoing, to be in accord with the principles of the Republican 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 their candidacy by mail to or in person to Mel Huber, 1419 Crestview Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24060 which must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., February 23, 2016.  Postmarks do not govern.
  1. Candidates for election as Delegate or Alternate to the Republican Party of Virginia State Convention or Ninth District Convention must pre-file a written statement of their candidacy on a form provided by the County Committee. Candidates for Delegate or Alternate for the State Convention should submit their applications as shown on the or attend the Mass Meeting. Candidates for the Ninth District Convention Delegate or Alternate should send the completed form to the Montgomery County Republican Committee, P.O. Box 997, Christiansburg, Va. 24068 which must be received no later than 6:00 p.m., March 3, 2016, or attend the Mass Meeting.  Postmarks do not govern. The pre-filing forms can be obtained online at http://www.virginia.gop/wp-content/uploads/State-Convention-Delegate-Pre-File-Form.pdf for the State Convention or at http://www.montvagop.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/pre-file.pdf for the District Convention.
  1. Candidates for membership in the Montgomery County Republican Committee 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, Va. 24068 which must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., March 3, 2016. The form can be obtained by contacting Mel Huber at (540)951-7938. A mandatory $20 filing fee (that shall serve as membership dues for 2016) is required. Members of the County Committee in good standing as of December 31, 2015, need not submit a candidacy form.  However, the $20 filing fee is required to be received by 5:00 p.m., March 3, 2016, along with current contact information.
  1. Military Provision:  Military delegates will be selected in conformity with the Plan of Organization of the Republic Party of Virginia.  Any members of the Virginia National Guard, the United States Armed Forces, Merchant Marine, or Coast Guard, who are unable to participate in the election of delegates from Montgomery County due to their military orders, may be represented through the Military Delegation.  To be so represented, they must declare by e-mail to 2016convention@va9gop.org, no later than 11:59 p.m. on March 1, 2016, that they intend to  support  the Party’s nominees in the ensuing election and that their orders preclude them from participating in person.   The District Chairman, or his designee, will provide declarants with candidate preference ballots that will be cast on their behalf at the convention.

Registration Fees and Additional Information

There is no fee to participate in the Mass Meeting. There is a voluntary registration fee of $35.00 to participate in the Republican State Convention and should be submitted with Delegate/ Alternate filing form. There is $10 voluntary participation fee 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 District Republican Committee and the Republican Party of Virginia. The requirement to publish this Call in a newspaper of general circulation was waived by vote of the County Committee at the meeting of January 28, 2016, a quorum being present and more than 2/3 voting in favor of waiver.

The Chairman, by unanimous vote of the County Committee at the meeting of January 28, 2016, was authorized to make technical changes to this Call.

Paid for and Authorized by Montgomery County Republican Committee