Messages to Members From Our Chairman

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Dear Members,

I was at the Elections office Friday, March 11 as the candidates for Greene County had until noon to file for local offices.

Steve Kilgore will be our Republican candidate for School Board District 1. He will have a Democrat opponent, Sheila Carson Drake.

Angela Deering will be our Republican candidate for Commissioner District 1. She will have a Democrat opponent, Melanie Miller.

Dee Lindsey will be our Republican candidate for Commissioner District 3. He will have no Democrat opponent.

We had no Republican candidate qualify for School Board District 3 and Clarence Hunt did not file, but Regina Chester Gainer will be running as a Democrat.

 

Mark Schulz, Chairman

Greene County Republican Party

LOCAL ELECTION DEADLINES

 

 

Dear Members,

I was at the Elections office Friday, March 11 as the candidates for Greene County had until noon to file for local offices.

Steve Kilgore will be our Republican candidate for School Board District 1. He will have a Democrat opponent, Sheila Carson Drake.

Angela Deering will be our Republican candidate for Commissioner District 1. She will have a Democrat opponent, Melanie Miller.

Dee Lindsey will be our Republican candidate for Commissioner District 3. He will have no Democrat opponent.

We had no Republican candidate qualify for School Board District 3 and Clarence Hunt did not file, but Regina Chester Gainer will be running as a Democrat.

 

Mark Schulz, Chairman

Greene County Republican Party

Our Little City

 

Our little city of Greensboro and Greene County have been flirting with state and national visibility as a result of the unusual circumstances resulting from the Nov. 2 city elections in which Chris Moore and Jontavius Smith tied for fifth place on the city council with 275 votes each.

After the election, with the prospect of a runoff election, two provisional votes were reviewed by the Board of Elections and Registration and one vote was verified, giving Chris Moore a one vote win.The BOER then met and agreed to certify the elections even when two guests came forward to request a hand recount of the results. But since the results fell within one half of one percent the BOER did, as is required by state statute, a partial recount of the votes, followed by a rerunning of all 640 ballots.

However, with it being only one vote, Jontavius Smith hired local lawyer Katrina Breeding and they filed a case in Greensboro Superior Court to have a full hand recount of the election. In the decision handed down by Judge Donald Gillis he stated that he saw no errors by the BOER but felt that a one vote margin was sufficient to seek a hand recount.

On Dec. 6 beginning at 8:30 a.m. Chris Moore and Jontavius Smith watched as temporary employees reviewed all 640 votes and tallied the votes for each candidate. Unfortunately for Jontavius Smith, the results confirmed the original winner and so Chris Moore won by one vote, 276 to 275.

This was a significant event because it brought forward two important questions not just before the City of Greensboro and Greene County, but also many other states who used Dominion voting machines. Jontavius Smith had used the possibility of error by the machines in his case to ask for a hand recount. His witness, Jeanne Dufort, had stated that she had seen some of these potential errors in past elections. Kathleen Mayer, supervisor of the BOER remained convinced that the vote was trustworthy.

Had the recount resulted in some other result, there could have been an argument to the state level that the Dominion machines are not trustworthy. It may be difficult to convince voters in Georgia that these fairly new voting machines can be trusted, but this recount at least places some trust in their ability to provide an accurate reflection of the will of the voters. It also should provide some evidence to those who continue to argue for a statewide forensic audit. It would appear that we here in little Greensboro and Greene County don’t need a forensic audit.

I, for one, have renewed confidence in our Board of Elections and Registration and even the Dominion voting machines.

 

Mark A. Schulz,

Greene County GOP Chairman

 

 

 

 

 

Just Some Observations                                                                                                                                                                                                                        November, 2021

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I want to give you some of my observations from the GOP speaker meeting Nov. 18.

Let me remind you what I said at one of our meetings: "anything you are not willing to defend, the Socialists and Communists will take away". They have said it and they will win if we do not stand up for our freedoms given to us by the Constitution.

How can you make up your mind without the opportunity to talk to these candidates? We need to ask tougher questions so that it becomes easier to pick the candidate who best represents us.

Your GOP has decided not to have guest speakers in December or January.

We are just starting on our plans for speakers coming to the Greene County Republican Party next year. We hope for a larger attendance at future events since the candidates will officially register in March.

I wish you all the best for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

 

Mark Schulz,

Greene County GOP Chairman

Members of the Greene County Republican Party:

For those of you who do not know me, I am Mark Schulz, the new Chairman of the GOP of Greene County.  After being endorsed by outgoing chairman Bob Lofgren, I was elected by the members at the county meeting, along with the new Vice-Chairman, Denise Dale. Tom Roberts was chosen to stay on as Treasurer.

Nine delegates and I attended the 10th District Convention and eight delegates attended the State Convention on June 4 and 5 at Jekyll Island.  I was not a delegate at the State Convention, but Denise represented us there.  The state convention was attended by more than 1,900 delegates, with a large number of new delegates.  It was an uplifting convention.  The Republican Party in Georgia is energized and planning to move forward to win elections in 2022 and beyond.  We need your help to accomplish that and will keep you informed about those individuals running for State and Federal offices.  

My initial focus is to work in Greene County to ensure we select the best candidates to represent us.  In concert with other conservative groups in Greene County we will be attending County Commission meetings, City of Greensboro meetings, Board of Education meetings and others to let our presence be known.  We need everyone to help in that effort.

Greene County Republicans are typically strong voters but we need to increase those efforts.  One way to do that is to get our neighbors and friends to become members.  Please ask them to become members.  Membership is free, but donations are accepted.  I promise that we will not share this information beyond the Greene County GOP.  I also promise to keep you informed about local, state and national candidates in future messages, but will not burden you with unnecessary emails. 

Lastly, I ask you to help to work with me and my Executive Committee to come up with fun things we can do to get fellow Republicans together to discuss things we care about and have a good time. 

I look forward to meeting every one of you.

From your new Chairman, I wish you the best in 2021 and 2022.

Mark A. Schulz