The Surry County Republican Party Headquarters and Victory Center recently opened in Mount Airy, attracting an audience for the opening that included local and state officials.
North Carolina State Republican Party Vice Chair Carolyn Justice was among those attending the event, held at 52 Thruway Shopping Center across from Mayberry Mall. The headquarters will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday as well as weekdays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.The recent opening brought out about 100 party members for music, food, and a ribbon-cutting according to Surry County Republican Party Chairman Gary Carson Tilley.
State Supreme Court candidates Mike Robinson and Bob Hunter urged party members to “spread the word” about the importance of the judiciary and getting out the vote. Heather Grant, a former Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, spoke as she endorsed her rival in the primary, Thom Tillis. She sharply criticized Sen. Kay Hagan for her voting record in support of President Barack Obama.
State legislators in attendance and speaking to the audience were State Sen. Shirley Randleman and Rep. Sarah Stevens. A.J. Daoud, 6th District chair of the Republican Party, urged Republicans to be active in the run-up to this fall’s election.
Other speakers and attendees included William “Bill” Southern III, candidate for the NC Court of Appeals, Judge Angela Puckett, local candidates Ervin Odum for Sheriff and Teresa O’Dell for Clerk of Court, and Commissioners Eddie Harris, Buck Golding, and Larry Phillips. Brian Moser of the Board of Education, Mayor Deborah Cochran, and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Yokeley