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Special Olympics to be held Friday at East Lincoln



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Republican Party leaders from throughout North Carolina’s 10th Congressional District gathered over the weekend in Lincolnton for the group’s executive committee convention.

Held Saturday morning at Lincolnton High School, the event featured U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry as the keynote speaker and attracted delegates from Lincoln, Buncombe, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Polk and Rutherford counties.

On the agenda for the event was the election of officers for the 2013-2015 term, as well as the selection of at-large members to the district and state GOP executive committees.

Craig Collins of Gaston County was elected to lead the district for the coming two years.

“I want to congratulate my friend Craig Collins on his election as our new district chairman,” said Lincoln County GOP Chairman Bradley Putnam in a statement. “Craig and I worked well together during last year’s campaign, and (he) showed his willingness to bring everyone together.”

Other officials elected during Saturday’s convention included: First Vice Chairman Robin Ramsey of Buncombe County, Second Vice Chairman Jordan Barnes of Rutherford County, Third Vice Chairman Mark Hilton of Catawba County, Treasurer Edward Dunlap of Gaston County and Secretary Cheryl Every of Polk County.

“Lincoln County stepped up to the plate this year and wanted to showcase our county and show our support for the 10th District by hosting the convention this year,” said Putnam.


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