New ACRC Leadership

On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, members of the Albemarle County Republican Committee elected George Urban as Chair, replacing Elliott Harding, and Reecye Modny as Treasurer, replacing Sue Wurzer.

Good luck to Elliott and Sue in their next steps.
Thank you for your service and leadership.

McAuliffe Vetoes Voter Fraud Bills

This week, Governor McAuliffe vetoed a bill from Delegate Buddy Fowler to require a photo ID be submitted for an absentee ballot.  This follows McAuliffe’s veto of Senator Mark Obenshain’s measure to investigate why eight localities have more registered voters than voting-age residents.  (I am still waiting for his action on my bill to address voters who are registered in more than one state.)

Of course, it was only last year that a Harrisonburg canvasser was caught attempting to register 19 dead people, and an Alexandria activist was convicted for registering fictitious voters.  In Newport News, a man received a voter registration at his address, but with a different name.  He brought it to prosecutors, who identified 32 others cases where this may have happened.

Even with all this, Governor McAuliffe STILL vetoed the bill to investigate why some localities had more registered voters than eligible adults!

Tell Terry McAuliffe that you support photo ID and investigating why there are more registered voters than voting-age residents.  Tell him you oppose his vetoes. E-mail him here.

Sincerely,
Delegate Rob Bell

Reminder: Special Meeting

Reminder:  Special Business County Committee Meeting to elect Chairman and Treasurer, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Cross Life Church, 1410 Old Brooks Road, Charlottesville, Va.  Doors open at 5:30 pm for registration, meeting starts at 6:00 pm.  The nomination committee is please to announce that all applications submitted have been reviewed and accepted.
Nominees for Chairman:  George Urban;  Treasurer:  Reecye Modny.
Please plan on attending the Special Business Meeting on Wednesday.

Official Call: 25th House District of the Republican Party

Originally published at rvp.com

Legislative District Party Canvass

of the 25th HOUSE

District of the Republican Party of Virginia

As OFFICIAL CALL

Chairman of the 25th HOUSE District Committee of the Republican Party, and pursuant to the Plan of Organization and as recommended and directed by the Committee, I, Paul Comes, do hereby issue this call for a Legislative District Party Canvass to be held at;

Augusta County Government Center, 18 Government Center Lane, Verona, VA,

Rockingham County- Arey Hall at the Bridgewater Town Building,

201 Green Street, Bridgewater, Virginia, and

Albemarle County – Crozet  Library, 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet, VA,

– April 29th, 2017  from 10AM-4PM, for the purposes of: (a) nominating a Republican candidate for the office of DELEGATE to be voted for in the GENERAL election on November 7.

Qualifications for Participation

All legal and qualified voters of the 25th HOUSE District 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.

25th District Precincts:  Albemarle County (Belfield, Brownsville, Crozet, Ivy,  East Ivy, Jack Jouett, Yellow Mountain); Augusta County (Crimora, Dooms, Fishersville, Fort Defiance, New Hope, Verona, Weyers Cave, Wilson); Rockingham County (Bridgewater,Crossroads, Grottoes, Massanetta Springs, Montezuma, Mount Crawford, North River, Ottobine, Port Republic).

Filing Requirements

Candidates for the Republican nomination at said canvass shall file a written statement declaring they are a candidate and a fee of $705.00, by mail or in person, to Paul Comes, 636 New Hope & Crimora Road, Fort Defiance, VA 24437, which must be received not later than March 7, 2017,

8:00 PM.  If only one candidate properly files, then said candidate shall be declared the Republican nominee and no canvass will be held.

Registration Fee

A voluntary registration fee of $5 is requested of each voter in this canvass.

Paid for and authorized by the 25th House of Delegate Legislative District Committee

OFFICIAL CALL: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Business Meeting of Albemarle County Committee Of the Republican Party of Virginia

As Interim Chairman of the Albemarle County Committee of the Republican Party of Virginia, and pursuant to the Plan of Organization and as recommended and directed by the Committee, I, Sylvia Flood, do hereby issue this call for a Business Meeting to be held at Cross Life Church, 1410 Old Brooks Road, Charlottesville, Va. on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 starting at 6:00 PM local time (doors will open at 5:30 PM) for the following purposes:

  1. Electing a Unit Chairman for the term ending 02/28/2018
  2. Electing Unit Treasurer for the term ending 02/28/2018

Qualifications for Participation in the Business Meeting

All members in good standing with the Albemarle County Republican Committee (ACRC) as of 03/15/2017, 5:00 P.M.  (Note:  Good Standing means having been approved as a member by 02/21/17, 9:00 p.m. and have paid all required/outstanding dues by start of scheduled business meeting.)

All individuals shall be required to register before entry into the meeting.  Only those individuals who have been registered as full members in good standing (no Associates or Students) or who are in line for registration by that time and qualify as full members will be entitled to participate and vote in the Business Meeting.  All others will be allowed to attend as guest of the ACRC.

Proxy Qualifications for Business Meeting

In accordance with the ACRC by-laws, any member of the County Committee may be represented at any County Committee meeting by a proxy (Article VI, Section D), subject to the following conditions:

  1. No individual may cast more than one vote at any meeting which they attend.
  2. Any person who acts as a proxy for another must meet the qualifications for membership on the County Committee as stated in Article III, Section A of the by-laws.
  3. All proxies shall be in writing, signed by the maker, using the by-laws format as stated in Article VI, Section D.

The proxy form can be downloaded from the web site at www.albemarlegop.org.

Quorum for Business Meeting

In accordance with the ACRC by-laws, Article VI, Section C, we must have present 10% of the membership in good standing to constitute a quorum.

Pre-Filing Requirements for Chairman

Candidates for election as Chairman must submit an official pre-file form.  Please complete the pre-file Chairman’s form, place it in an envelope, seal the envelope and print “Chairman Application” in the lower left corner on the front of the envelope.   Application can be sent to the ACRC either by U.S mail (address:  PO Box 5423, Charlottesville, Va., 22905), or deliver it and place it in the designated drop box at ACRC Headquarters at 2132 Berkmar Drive, Charlottesville, Va., 22902, prior to 5:00 p.m. EST on March 9, 2017. The Official form can be downloaded at www.albemarlegop.org. All completed official forms must be received by 5:00 PM, March 9, 2017, to be considered.

POSTMARKS DO NOT GOVERN. Nominations for Unit Chairman will not be permitted from the floor of the Business Meeting.

 

 

Pre-filing Requirements for Treasurer:

Candidates for election as Treasurer must submit an official pre-file form.  Please complete the pre-file Treasurer’s form, place it in an envelope, seal the envelope and print “Chairman Application” in the lower left corner on the front of the envelope.   Application can be sent to the ACRC either by U.S mail (address:  PO Box 5423, Charlottesville, Va., 22905), or deliver it and place it in the designated drop box at ACRC Headquarters at 2132 Berkmar Drive, Charlottesville, Va., 22902, prior to 5:00 p.m. EST on March 9, 2017. The Official form can be downloaded at www.albemarlegop.org. All completed official forms must be received by 5:00 PM, March 9, 2017, to be considered.

POSTMARKS DO NOT GOVERN. Nominations for Unit Chairman will not be permitted from the floor of the Business Meeting.

 

ACRC CHAIRMAN CANDIDATE PRE-FILE FORM

ACRC TREASURER CANDIDATE PRE-FILE FORM

ACRC PROXY FORM

Resignation

Good Morning Albemarle Republicans!

Please forgive this long email, I am passing along some important information from our last business meeting on Tuesday, February 21st. As some of you know, while others may not, I was offered a position to become Legislative Counsel for Congressman Tom Garrett in late December. This came as a surprise, as I neither considered nor desired working in Washington DC — especially on Capitol Hill. Had I wanted a life on the Hill, I could have chosen that path after my undergraduate career at the University of Virginia, but I didn’t want this for a multitude of reasons, not the least of which was my belief that the DC environment represented the antithesis of what politics and America should be. It seemed that more recently than ever before, Washington ignored the will and plight of the People, to the detriment of our future and our liberties.
I realized years ago that our legal system and the administrative state have been manipulated in such ways that the scope and size of Government are threats that I wanted to fight. A majority of my young adult life has been striving to enter the legal profession to achieve those ends, and I will forever maintain my passion to hold the Government to its burden and protect liberty in my legal career.
With that being said, November 8th of 2016 gave us two things that, when taken together, changed my view of how I can make a difference in the name of limited-government.

First, President Trump’s victory provided a shift in the status quo unlike any other in my lifetime. Not only did we receive a shake-up in the White House, but also an awakened electorate, a renewed relationship between our branches of Government, and a limitation on the influence of special interests.

Second, Tom Garrett’s landslide victory gave the Fifth District and all of Virginia a representative with a proven willingness to go against the grain and stand up for the principles and people he represents. These two factors changed my view of Washington and presented a sliver of hope that things can get better. The offer to join Congressman Garrett’s staff gave me a unique opportunity to lend a hand in this fight for liberty and that is why I accepted the position to serve with Tom.
Since taking on this new role, I have had to make some changes. Rather than commuting to a law office in Richmond, I commute to a congressional office in Washington. I  sublet an apartment in Arlington and stay there several nights a week, but I continue to live in Albemarle, I continue to practice law (albeit with less cases), and I will continue to fight for our party’s candidates in pivotal 2017 races. Albemarle has been my home my entire life and it always will be. So many important issues must be addressed here locally, there is no way my passion or personality could allow me to leave the fight for a better County or Commonwealth. After speaking with our Executive Board, with family and confidants, and a lot of prayer, I chose to step down as Chair of the ACRC to facilitate a quick and smooth transition before the 2017 local campaigns get into full swing. I made this announcement on Tuesday at our Business Meeting and resigned immediately following adjournment. Sylvia Flood, our First Vice Chair, is currently serving as our interim Chair over the next 30 days, when we will have another business meeting to elect a new Chair for the duration of my term (March of 2018). More information will follow as it relates to that meeting.

I believe we had a very successful year together, as we doubled our membership, embraced new associate members, found a new headquarters, and assisted the Trump and Garrett campaigns in securing a victory. We now have several folks who are considering runs for local office, including one who announced yesterday, and I believe we will continue to grow and succeed this year and beyond. I truly appreciate all of your support and assistance during my time and I cannot wait to be just as active in the campaigns and the party moving forward. I always viewed the Chairmanship as more of a title than anything else, with action and results being the defining characteristic of leadership. I hope all of us can be just as active, if not more so, as our next cycle approaches.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out. Otherwise, I look forward to seeing all of you again soon at our next breakfast, business meeting, or campaign events this spring. Thank you!

In Liberty,

Elliott Harding
(Former) Chairman of the Albemarle County Republican Committee
(434) 962-8465
eharding2015@gmail.com

ACRC Business Meeting – Official Call – Feb. 21, 2017

Meeting Call

I, Elliott Harding, Chairman of the Albemarle County Republican Committee, do hereby call for a meeting of the Committee on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017, at the ACRC Headquarters, 2132 Berkmar Dr., Charlottesville, Va. 22902 beginning at 7:00 PM. The principle order of business will be the items listed below or other matters as the Chairman may determine.

Order of Business

1)              Call to Order & Welcome
2)              Invocation, Pledge of Allegiance
3)              Roll Call
4)              Reading of the Minutes from last business Meeting
5)              Treasurer’s Report
6)              Chairman’s Report
7)              Guest Speakers
8)
New Business
A)    Adoption of new Members*
B)    Local Elections – Vote to determine Nomination method, date, and time
C)    Election of Treasurer

9)   Adjournment of the Business Meeting
10)   Adjournment

Notice

Applicants for Membership (* denotes Associate membership)

Kenneth Dove
Richard Fox
Carol Fyrer*
Sally Gieck
Lisa Huffman
Randy Huffman
Lucy Johnson
Gina Mancuso
Alexia Richards
David Tatman