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Putnam chosen to lead county GOP for full term

 

SARAH LOWERY

Staff Writer

 

The Lincoln County Republican Party re-elected Chairman Bradley Putnam to his post last week during the GOP’s county convention and precinct meetings.

Local Republicans met Thursday evening at the Lincoln County Senior Center, also voting in the rest of their 2013-2015 board members.

These include Todd Burgin as vice chairman, Dawn Senter as secretary and Brian Rabalais as treasurer, with Teresa Dearnley, Ray Watson-Smyth, Brian Crisson, Charles Newman, Gene Poinsette, Jim Hallman, Jon Propst, Larry Craig, Tim Holder and Louis McConnell filling out the rest of the board.

“I am grateful that the Republicans of Lincoln County have selected me as chairman and look forward to continuing my leadership,” Putnam said in a statement issued Friday morning.

“The Republican Party is not one person; it is not one board, but is all registered Republicans of Lincoln County working toward the same conservative goals.”

“There are new faces on the board, along with some seasoned members, and we look forward to what the next two years holds,” he added.

“I am thankful that the Republicans of Lincoln County have entrusted in me to lead our party to what I believe to be a very successful next two years.”

Putnam has served as chairman for the past year and a half, taking over several months into Jason Saine’s term after Saine was selected to fill the N.C. House seat left vacant when former Rep. Johnathan Rhyne stepped down part-way through his term.

To elect the local GOP board, Putnam was in charge of appointing a nominating committee several months ago tasked with taking nominations from any registered Republican in the county. The committee then votes and picks the nominees, to then be presented at the county convention.

Additionally, anyone registered as a Republican as of Jan. 31 was eligible to make a nomination from the floor and cast a vote, Putnam said.

Looking ahead to his new term, Putnam told the Times-News Friday that city elections will be a focal point for the party in the coming months.

“One goal that never changes is registering voters and engaging younger generations,” he said. “With the city elections right around the corner, we will be gearing up for another election cycle. The city of Lincolnton is one of only seven cities with partisan elections, which puts us on a more frequent election cycle than other local Republican boards in the state.”

“I take pride in what our party has accomplished this past year and a half and could have never done it without a great supporting cast,” he noted.

 

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