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11th & 6th District RA Endorsement Convention Results!

11th & 6th District RA Endorsement Convention Results!

Last Saturday, Republican Assembly members from Cobb, Cherokee, Pickens, Gwinnett, and Fulton counties met to hear speeches and interviews with candidates for District Party office in the 11th and the 6th—and to vote on endorsing many of these candidates!

Videos with the Congressional District GOP Chair & 1st Vice Chair candidates are available to view here and here, respectively. All Chair candidates who were not able to attend in person were also invited to submit a video presentation. Donna Watson, candidate for 6th District GOP Chairwoman, submitted a video on her candidacy, however Dr. Lisa Adkins, who is running for re-election as 11th District Chairwoman did not submit a video. Adkins is being challenged by attorney David Oles who attended. Watson has competition from Jerry Marrinich.

Click to watch the District Chairman Candidate panel.
Attorney David Oles wins the endorsement for 11th District GOP Chairman!

David Oles won the endorsement for 11th District GOP Chairman, but no candidate was able to get the two-thirds votes necessary to win endorsement in the 6th District GOP Chairman’s race.

For the 1st Vice Chairman’s race, attendees heard from Richard Jordan from Cherokee (running for 1st Vice Chairman in the 6th), Chris Mora from Pickens (running for re-election as 1st Vice Chairman in the 11th), and John Beville from Cobb (running for 1st Vice Chairman in the 6th). Absent was Joel Allen from Cobb who has also declared his candidacy in this race. You can watch the video of that candidate panel here.

Richard Jordan won the endorsement for 6th District GOP 1st Vice Chair and Chris Mora won the endorsement for 11th District GOP 1st Vice Chair.

Click to watch the District 1st Vice Chairman Candidate panel.
Attendees listening to the candidates at the
GRA District Endorsement Convention

In addition to these candidates, attendees got to hear stump speeches from candidates for various officer positions in these two District organizations and from candidates for state committee. YouTube initially removed the video of these messages (for violating their “community guidelines” by making reference to election fraud) but it has been restored on our GRA YouTube channel, which you can currently watch here.

Click to see the stump speeches from the other candidates.

Below is a preliminary list of candidates who won endorsement at this Republican Assembly District Endorsement Convention for particular positions.

We hope this list will serve as a helpful guide for strong conservative Republican delegates wanting to get the best GOP leaders elected at the 6th & 11th GOP Congressional District Conventions this coming Saturday, April 22nd.

Endorsed District Candidates:

  • 11th District GOP Chair: David Oles
  • 11th District GOP 1st Vice Chair: Chris Mora
  • 11th District GOP Vice Chairman of Communications: James Dvorak
  • 11th District GOP Vice Chair of Events: No Endorsement
  • 11th District GOP Vice Chair of Fundraising: Kelly Sirios 
  • 11th District GOP Treasurer: Ann Marie Cosway
  • 11th District GOP State Committee from Cherokee: Marcia Cox
  • 11th District GOP State Committee from Cherokee: Sandy Docherty
  • 11th District GOP State Committee from Cherokee: Todd Smith
  • 11th District GOP State Committee from Cherokee: Andy Reprieto
  • 11th District GOP State Committee from Cherokee: James Dvorak
  • 11th District GOP State Committee from Cobb: Alicia Adams
  • 11th District GOP State Committee from Pickens: Carolyn Childers
  • 6th District GOP Chair: No Endorsement
  • 6th District GOP 1st Vice Chair: Richard Jordan
  • 6th District GOP Assistant Secretary: Katie Perry
  • 6th District GOP Vice Chair: Siegfried Jucknies
  • 6th District GOP State Committee from Cobb: Michael Optiz
  • 6th District GOP State Committee from Cobb: Tess Redding
  • 6th District GOP State Committee from Cherokee: Honey Burfield
Establishment District Chairs Look to Throw Out County Delegate Elections in Cherokee & Fulton

Establishment District Chairs Look to Throw Out County Delegate Elections in Cherokee & Fulton

Richard Jordan from Cherokee County

In Cherokee County, as the county convention was still going on into the evening on Saturday, several delegates reported that current District 11 Chairwoman Lisa Adkins from Cobb County showed up and began circulating a petition to collect signatures to have the convention results thrown out. “Our convention wasn’t even over yet!” said North Metro RA Chairman Richard Jordan. “If they thought something was wrong, we still had time to fix it, but instead they were working to have the convention thrown out because they didn’t like the results. Sounds like a big conflict of interest for the District 11 Chairwoman to be circulating that petition.”

Some delegates have reported that their names were forged on the petition document without their permission, and others have said that they signed it without knowing what it was and want their names removed from it now.

Dr. Lisa Adkins from Cobb County

Ensuring Cherokee’s district delegates were thrown out could potentially increase Dr. Lisa Adkins chances of winning re-election at the District 11 Convention on April 22nd. Adkins had voted two years ago on the state committee to over-turn “America First” candidate Susan Opraseuth‘s election as Fulton County GOP Chairwoman, and has in other ways aligned herself with the interests of the Establishment in Atlanta. Her husband Roy Adkins has spread maligning material against the GRA on social media. Lisa was originally elected as District 11 GOP Chair not by a convention of delegates but by the District 11 GOP Committee after redistricting when the previous District 11 Chair was moved to a different congressional district.

Attorney David Oles from Pickens County

She is being challenged for District 11 Chair by attorney David Oles of Pickens County. Oles announced his campaign for District 11 Chairman on Monday morning, March 13th.

When asked directly about her involvement in the petition that circulated at the Cherokee County Convention, Lisa Adkins denied personally initiating the petition or telling anyone directly to disseminate it. She did, however, admit to going to the Cherokee County Convention after the Cobb County Convention ended and admitted to advising a group on how to create such a petition before the Cherokee convention was completed (rather than advising them on how to correct the alleged underlying concerns with the county convention before it ended so that it wouldn’t need to be thrown out), including telling them how many signatures would be required, and what the process would be to submit it to review to her District 11 Committee for appeal. “Even that degree of involvement from her,” said a delegate, “makes her an accessory to the effort, which she had no business getting involved in. The conflict of interest concern still stands.”

Meanwhile, current 6th District Chairman Joel Natt is also reportedly looking to see if the Fulton County GOP delegation would be thrown out on a technicality because the previous administration supposedly was late in sending in their newspaper notice of the event. Such an error would have been by the previous administration, not the newly elected one, and arguably had little to no impact on the outcome, if it actually happened.

These cases seem to be yet another example of the Establishment refusing to accept an outcome where they do not win. It appears to be a repeat of the trick used with Fulton and Chatham County when they lost county elections there two years ago.