Scottsdale, Arizona—Over the weekend, Republican Assembly leaders and delegates from all over the country met for the National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA) Convention. Attendees heard from elected officials such as House Freedom Caucus Chairman Congressman Andy Biggs (R-AZ), candidates such as Mark Finchem for Arizona Secretary of State, and spokesmen and educators such as Charlie Kirk with Turning Point USA.
On the final day of the convention, participating members of the NFRA Board voted to elect a new President for the national organization. Mr. Willes Lee (originally from Hawaii, but more recently moved to Virgina) has served as the NFRA President for the last four years, and has been a noted board member as well of the National Rifle Association (NRA).
When the tally of the ballots was reported, the Georgia Republican Assembly’s President Alex Johnson was announced to have won the election. GRA NFRA Directors Debra Williams and Nathaniel Darnell were both present to vote for Alex, who won by three votes. In addition to working as an attorney from DeKalb, Alex has helped to revitalize and rebuild the GRA over the last six years.
In addition, GRA member James Jordan, CPA was elected as the NFRA Treasurer when his opponent decided to drop out of the race at the last moment.
“The NFRA will now become the organization it is meant to be,” said GRA NFRA Director Debra Williams. “Look forward to see great things happen!”
“Alex has built a great team, set a fine example, and spear-headed relentlessly over the last several years to build the GRA,” said GRA NFRA Director Nathaniel Darnell. “We know he’ll do a great job taking that same success to the national Republican Assembly organization.”
Jekyll Island, GA—Congratulations to all of the GRA members participating in the GAGOP elections today, as candidates and delegates! We are excited to report that two of our leading endorsed candidates for state-wide party office have once again won election: David Shafer and Brant Frost V were both overwhelmingly re-elected for GA GOP Chairman and 2nd Vice Chairman, respectively. Each of them received a more than super-majority of the standing vote at the state convention in Jekyll Island.
Last Monday, the GRA membership met online via Zoom for an live electronic endorsement convention with members from across the state. Participants were able to pose questions to each of the candidates online. Using the online system Runkeeper, GRA members were able to cast ballots in favor of endorsing each of the contested GA GOP officer candidates, the Over 80,000 Chair candidates, and the Under 80,000 Chair candidates. The system enables users to pre-cast their initial ballot as well as any secondary or tertiary ballots in the case of a runoff between multiple candidates. As usual under the rules of the GRA, a candidate can only be endorsed if he or she receives at least a two-thirds majority vote of the participating GRA membership.
Brant Frost V (who also serves as the 1st Vice President of the GRA) was the only candidate endorsed on the first ballot. Pamela Rearden earned the endorsement for 1st Vice Chair of the GA GOP in her race on the third ballot; Shafer received the endorsement for GA GOP Chairman on the third ballot as well.
In a three-way contest this Saturday, endorsee Pamela Reardon ran a strong campaign for 1st Vice Chair and received the second-highest number of votes, but ultimately lost to Establishment-candidate B.J. Van Gundy. GRA member Surrea Ivy received a standing ovation at the state convention during her exceptional speech in the GA GOP Chairman’s race, ultimately coming in second. Jason Shepherd was another GRA member who has in many ways made some strides for improvement in Cobb County as the former county Chairman, but he came in third place in the race for GA GOP Chairman.
David Shafer and Brant Frost V were also endorsed by the GRA two years ago when they each first won election for state party office. Over the last two years Brant Frost’s hard work substantially increased his margin of victory from his more narrow win in 2019.
David Shafer ran in 2019 under a pledge to raise funds and cut spending to get the GA GOP out of debt—something GRA leaders on the state committee had been pushing for over six years! Shafer made good on his promise, having the debt paid off by March of 2020. Shafer also promised to do something else the GRA has been pushing for years: allow the GA GOP to establish its first ever state party platform. Not only did Shafer accomplish that, but he appointed prominent GRA members such as former State Senator Mike Crane, Kay Godwin, and GRA 3rd Vice President Nathaniel Darnell to the committee to draft the platform, and he appointed Brant Frost V to Chair that Resolutions Committee. He also appointed GRA President Alex Johnson to the GA GOP’s standing Rules Committee. In addition to this, Shafer helped to setup party organizations in all of Georgia’s 159 counties for the first time ever. This track record of working with the GRA to promote its objectives, rather than against the GRA as the two previous GA GOP Chairs have done, had a lot to do with why he earned their endorsement once again.
We appreciate all the GRA members who offered themselves as candidates at the state convention and were willing to serve. We look forward to continuing to elect the best candidates to positions of influence in the GA GOP who will prove themselves eager to work to help us promote Republican principles in Georgia.
Last Saturday saw the Georgia Republican Assembly membership make great strides for freedom as a new record of GRA members from around the state were elected to District & State Committee positions in the GAGOP! We appreciate all the new activists who participated and made these victories possible.
In the 14th Congressional District GOP Convention, GRA-member Denise Burns(Catoosa) was elected as the new Chair of the 14th District—Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene ‘s district! In the 6th District, our GRA Treasurer Nathan Porter (Fulton) was elected as the Chair of the 6th District. These will join 3rd District Chair Mike Crane (Coweta) who was re-elected on the GAGOP Executive Committee, the board that oversees Georgia’s republican outreach and operations across the state.
In addition, many GRA leaders and members were elected and re-elected to the GAGOP State Committee, including Cobb RA Chairman Nathaniel Darnell from the 11th, Pamela Rearden from the 6th, Banks Wise from the 11th, Caroline Jeffords from the 11th, and our GRA President Alex Johnson from the 6th. In the 14th District, GRA member Ed Painter, Perry Greene, Joanna Hildreth and Todd Noblitt were all elected for the first time to the State Committee!
These come on the heels of great victories across our county leadership in the state. For example, the GRA’s former NFRA Director Ron Hooper was elected as the Chairman of Banks County. GRA member Salleigh Grubbswas elected as the new Chair of Cobb County promising reform as well. The Cherokee County GOP cleaned house, wiping out obstructionists and bringing in fresh new leaders eager to work together!
Now the GRA activists, eager for reform and accountability, in the Georgia Republican Party turn their eyes toward the GAGOP State Convention in Jekyll Island on June 4-5th.
GOP District Conventions Proclaim Tremendous Solidarity in Resolutions Across the State
At the beginning of this year, tens of thousands of Republican voters in Georgia were screaming their disillusionment with Republican officials after the general election and runoff. Much of their consternation was due to those Republican officials failing to safeguard the elections from abuse and fraud, and then failing to examine the evidence before allowing the elections to be certified.
Of course, the GRA and its affiliated chapters has been pointing out for years how Republican officials often pay lip-service to Republican objectives and principles but chicken out when they’re in the walls of the capitol building. That’s why we were especially excited this year about the strong batch of resolutions coming through Republican county and congressional district organizations in their conventions reprimanding officials such as Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan, and Attorney General Chris Carr as well as renewing the GOP’s commitment to conservative pro-American policies.
GRA members Banks Wise (Cherokee) and Cobb GOP Chair Salleigh Grubbs generously agreed to split the additional cost of renting the convention floor for the extra time needed to address the resolutions at the 11th District Convention. In the 6th District, the delegates filed outside into the parking lot and proceeded to complete their convention business, braving the 75-degree heat and unrelenting sunshine. The resolutions not only called out corrupt Establishment officials such as Speaker David Ralston, Raffensperger, and Duncan, but also spoke out against the encroachment in government of Critical Race Theory and ideas such as “vaccine passports.”
They affirmed commitment to family issues (such as natural marriage & sexuality, protection of students’ biological gender, etc.), jury nullification, gun rights, and ID-verification for voting.
Establishment Republican don’t like passing these kinds of public statements of their principles because they’re afraid of being held accountable to them. Now it’s time to be sure to do just that: hold them accountable to them!
March 20th, 2021 Alpharetta, GA – Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was denied election as a delegate in his own precinct this morning at the Fulton County Republican Caucuses. Raffensperger failed to even secure a nomination for delegate.
“We are sending a message that will be heard all around the state. Raffensperger has got to go” said one participant.
Raffensperger‘s defeat comes as a shock given that Republican elected officials are often treated like royalty whenever they seek to be made a delegate to anything.
Raffensperger had sent a note requesting to be made a delegate but no one nominated him and he did not attend the caucus.
Turnout was very high at the caucus with 60-70% of participants being first time attendees.
Former Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle also announced that he would be a candidate for Secretary of State next year. Belle Isle ran for Secretary of State in 2018, losing the primary runoff to Raffensperger.
Congressman Jody Hice is also believed to be planning a run for Secretary of State.
Our newly elected Cobb RA President Debra Williams served as the event coordinator for the National Federal of Republican Assembly (NFRA) Convention in downtown Atlanta this past weekend. Republican Assembly delegates from across the country came together to network and meet leaders of the Congressional Freedom Caucus and other statesmen share and dine. A special highlight was seeing the Cobb RA’s 1st Vice President Frank Molesky elected as the new Southeast Regional Director for the NFRA. Congratulations, Frank!
At the Georgia Republican Assembly’s annual state convention, the Cobb County Republican Assembly was awarded the “Club of the Year” for their success in growing as a local chapter and having a positive influence in turning around the Republican Party leadership in the community.