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.  

Zach Milton, Republican candidate for District C

Zach Milton

Zach is a lifetime resident of Shawsville, Virginia.  He graduated from Eastern Montgomery High School in 2005 and in 2009 he Graduated from Roanoke College with a finance degree.  Zach currently works as a realtor with Graham & David real estate and he is also a co-operator of the Christiansburg livestock market.

Zach’s three main reasons for running for the District C seat are

  1. He is a fiscal conservative and wishes to cut wasteful spending.
  2. He believes in private property rights for the citizens of Montgomery County.
  3. He wants to bring in new businesses for Montgomery County.
A lifetime resident of Shawsville.

On his campaign site, Zach writes,

“As a lifelong resident of Eastern Montgomery, I know what policies are needed to jump start our economy and improve the quality of life of our residents. In fact, I’m running for two distinct reasons.

First, we need to increase our community’s population and retain talented individuals in order to boost economic development. I will work to improve access to affordable and quality housing. Simplifying the process to obtain rural high speed Internet access will also help achieve this goal.

Second, I will work to resolve issues affecting private property. As District C Supervisor, I will fight to keep real estate taxes low and maintain the current land use valuation. I will also work to reduce commercial property vacancy rates in our region and reform zoning rules so businesses can thrive in Eastern Montgomery.

My grandfather Joe Stewart was a farmer and former District C Supervisor for over twenty years. He instilled in me the values of hard work, determination and community service. I look forward to a positive campaign where I will share my values and vision with East Mont citizens.”

Monthly Luncheon

Sheriff of Montgomery County, Hank Partin

Monthly Luncheon at Custom Catering

Come join us at Custom Catering this Thursday (3/30/2017)! This month we are hosting  candidates running for the Board of Supervisors.  Our Monthly Luncheons are the last Thursday of every month from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.  If you are a College Republican, then attendance is free.  All we ask is that you notify Dean Dowdy or an executive member of the College Republicans that you are attending.  For non College Republican members, attendance is $10.

Hope to see you there!

Below is the address to Custom Catering

902 Patrick Henry Dr, Blacksburg, VA 24060

September Luncheon

MCGOP LOGOMontgomery County, Republican Party Luncheon

Thursday – September  29, 2016

Custom Catering
902 Patrick Henry Drive (off North Main Street), Blacksburg
Doors Open at 11:30 A.M. BUFFET at 11:50 A.M.

BUFFET $ 10.00 Includes everything
Speaker: Delegate Glenn Davis
Represents Virginia’s 84th District,
Plans to Run for Lieutenant Governor 2017

All College Republicans that RSVP to the fact will receive a free lunch.

RSVP to Dean Dowdy  email or call 953-2281

Grand Opening GOP Headquarters

hqfrontOur Montgomery County Headquarters had a grand opening on August 13, 2016. The address is: 1655 Roanoke Street Suite G, Christiansburg VA 24073. It is to the left of the area of Al’s Deli behind Long John Silver’s off of Route 11, close to 460. The phone number for the Headquarters is 540-251-3248

Speeches including ones by 9th District Representative Morgan Griffith, 7th District Delegate Nick Rush, and Sheriff Hank Partin. Also speaking were Delegate Rob Bell, primary candidate for Attorney General and Jill Vogel, Glenn Davis and Bryce Reeves, primary candidates for Lt Governor.

Harry Collins is the potential Chairman of the HeadQuarters Subcommittee and is in charge of staffing the HQ. He can be contacted at: email: 540-815-1126.  Picture below curtesy of David Pearce.

Chris Tuck at July Luncheon

Chris Tuck pictureIf you missed Montgomery County Supervisor Chairman Chris Tuck’s presentation at the monthly GOP luncheon July 28, 2016, you missed an example of democracy in action.  After  the last November election of Darrell Sheppard to District E,  the board including Tuck of District B; Todd King of District D;  and Gary Creed of District C has a conservative majority.  Tuck pointed out aspects of the Republican Creed upheld by the board since that time.  Two aspects, in particular, are noted: fiscal responsibility and good stewardship of natural resources. Continue reading Chris Tuck at July Luncheon

Unit Committee Call

Montgomery County Republican Party


Attention All Montgomery County Republican Party County Committee Members


I, Bob Dickenson, Chair of the Montgomery County Republican Party, do hereby issue a call for a County Committee meeting of the Montgomery County Republican Party at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at the Montgomery County Government Center, 755 Roanoke Street, Christiansburg, VA .

Please attend or send a proxy (a quorum is needed).  Remember the proxy must be from your District and NOT a current member of the County Committee.

AGENDA – August 18, 2016

Call to Order

Convene Meeting


Pledge of Allegiance

Republican Creed

Approval of June 28, 2016 Minutes (Previously Distributed)

Treasurer’s Report

Election of 1st Vice President by Vote of Committee

Naming of New Sub-Committee Chairmen

NAACP Fundraiser

AARP Announcement

New Headquarters

Door Knocking Initiative

State Central Committee Meeting

New MCRP Logos

Chairman’s Remarks



PROXY:  A duly elected member may be represented by proxy only by a Republican party member from the same district who is not already on the County Committee.  All proxies shall be in writing and shall be signed by the maker of the proxy.

KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS, that I _____________________________________________________

of District ___________ do hereby constitute and appoint ________________________________________________,

my true and lawful attorney, to vote as my proxy at the meeting of the Montgomery County Republican County Committee on the ____ day of _____________________________, 20 ______, or any adjourned meeting thereof and for me and in my name, place and stead to vote upon any question that properly may come before such meeting, with all power I should possess if personally present, hereby revoking all previous proxies.  IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal, this ______ day of ______________________20____________.



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(Seal) Committee Member                               (Seal) Witness