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Lincoln Republicans appoint new chairman



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The local GOP has named a new chair to lead the party following Bradley Putnam’s departure from the post last month to take over as elections director for Lincoln County.

Jon Propst, Lincoln County GOP Men’s Club president, was unanimously selected Monday night by the executive board of the Lincoln County Republican Party to fulfill the remaining term left until the next county convention, through February of 2015, when new board members will be elected.

Propst was promoted from his current role on the board as chair of Howard’s Creek Township.

He began his involvement in local politics in the 2007-2008 election as a volunteer at party headquarters and events, noted a press release from the local GOP.

He was appointed to the executive board in 2009 following a vacancy and has continued to serve in that capacity. Propst has additionally spent time on various party committees, the release said.

“I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to lead this executive board of experienced, dedicated and hardworking Republicans,” Propst said in a statement released after his appointment. “We have a duty and desire to help get Republicans elected to federal, state and local offices. It is my goal to continue the success that the past executive boards have achieved and strengthen the mortar that outgoing Chairman Putnam has bonded this board together with by communicating our goals and staying positive.”

“My immediate focus will be to continue to help the candidates for the city election to finish first on Nov. 5 and bring real change for the citizens of Lincolnton,” he added. “A conservative, tax-saving approach like that being offered by our candidates is the only way the trash tax will stay gone permanently. I look forward to jumping right into the thick of it and helping our candidates be successful in November.”

Propst is from western Lincoln County and is a graduate of Gaston College, with an associate degree in criminal justice. He is continuing his education by pursuing a degree in business administration.

Currently a detective with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, he has worked in law enforcement for nearly 10 years.

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