News Notes October 16, 2016

GOP News Notes October 16, 2016


Viewing of Hillary’s America:

The DVD, The Secret History of the Democratic Party will be  shown at GOP Headquarters Monday- Friday at 2 and 6PM.  It is about 2 hours long. The DVD will also be shown Saturdays at 2PM.  There are a few copies of the DVD available to check out for 2 days.  The DVD is based on a book by the same name written by Dinesh D’Souza. Everyone is welcome to come to HQ and watch the DVD during the weeks before the election.  Our doors are open!

About the Amendments:

There will be two proposed amendments to the Virginia Constitution on the November 8th ballot. The Montgomery County GOP is encouraging a yes vote for both amendments.  The first amendment has to do with Right to Work.  Virginia has a Right to Work law in the Virginia Code.  This amendment will put the Right to Work law into the Virginia Constitution.  The logic being that if the law is in the constitution it will be more difficult to change.
The second amendment has to do with property tax exemptions. This amendment allows localities the right to exempt property that belongs to surviving spouses of any law enforcement officer, firefighter or any other first responder killed in the line of duty.

Election Poll Workers Needed

A big election effort is with poll workers who talk with voters as they approach the polls on election day.  Each of the twenty-three Precincts in Montgomery county are manned from 6AM -7PM by at least two people.  Many workers are needed.  After being recruited workers are trained on what to do and how to do it.  Mostly, it amounts to being friendly and appreciative of the people’s effort to vote. Handouts including sample ballots are distributed. The co-chairs are Mark Hoover, who’s cell phone is 540-230-7920 and can be reached at: and Glenn Cochran at: Glenn’s cell phone is 540-250-3560.  Call today!


Montgomery County GOP HeadQuarters is at: 1655 Roanoke Street,  Suite G, Christiansburg, Va  24073, phone: 540-251-3248.  contact Harry Collins for information, email: and  cell phone: 540-815-1126.  Hours are 10AM-8PM, Monday-Friday and 10AM-2 PM Saturdays. We need help to staff the HQ!  A lot of citizens come in to talk, and to get bumper stickers, yard signs and other literature.  If you need campaign material come see us, we try to keep well supplied. The headquarters is not far from 460 behind Long John Silvers on the left side of the building, Suite G.

Election Night Open House:

We plan to have the GOP Headquarters open  late the night of the election so we can watch the election returns together.  Come join us!
For information concerning Montgomery County GOP activities contact our Chairman, Bob Dickenson, email:   10/16/16

Party for First Debate

Large Logo2Assuming that everything goes as it is now planned with the first debate we will have a debate party at GOP headquarters on the night of Monday, September 26, 2016 beginning shortly before the 9 PM ET debate starts.  All Republicans are invited! Come boo and hiss with fellow believers. We will have pizza and soft drinks and the plan is now to stay open until the fat woman sings! Come join us, it should be a good time. Montgomery County GOP HeadQuarters is at: 1655 Roanoke Street,  Suite G, Christiansburg, Va  24073, phone: 540-251-3248.  contact Harry Collins for information, email: and  cell phone: 540-815-1126.  The headquarters is on the left side of the building, Suite G,  behind the Long John Silvers not far from 460.

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

August Luncheon

Roaring Elephant emblem1Montgomery County, Republican Party Luncheon

Thursday – August  25, 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  Rob  Bell
Represents Virginia’s 58th District

Plans to Run for Attorney General 2017

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____________.



____________________                                 ____________________________

(Seal) Committee Member                               (Seal) Witness



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.

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.

More photos from the Convention:

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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.