With about a week before the precinct mass meetings for counties of populations over 80,000, there have been a few announcements trickling out from a few folks.
There were a couple of folks who announced for Chairman and 1st Vice Chairman of the Georgia Republican Party:
Alex Johnson of Dekalb County has announced that he’s running for state chairman. That makes him candidate #2 actively seeking the chair to be the head Georgia Republican. BJ Van Gundy announced in late 2012.
Also announcing this week is Catherine Bernard for 1st Vice Chairman of the state Republican party,. If you’re a Peach Pundit regular, you may notice that Catherine’s name looks familiar. Charlie did a profile on her as a delegate to the Republican National Convention last year.
I’m also hearing John Padgett, current GAGOP Secretary, is a candidate for 1st Vice Chairman.
Michael McNeeley’s name has been floated as running for the 1st Vice Chairman slot. Nothing official yet as I write this, so consider it rumor.
Then there’s Tim Wessinger, press secretary for Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA-01), who has announced his intent on running for the 2nd Vice-Chairmanship of the state party:
Tim Wessinger announced [Saturday] that he is officially beginning his campaign for 2nd Vice-Chairman of the Georgia Republican Party.
Mr. Wessinger is the District Press Secretary for U.S. Representative Jack Kingston (GA-01), serving Georgia’s 1st Congressional District since January 2009. Over his career, Tim Wessinger has served on the Georgia Republican Party
Technology Committee, is the former Chairman of the Valdosta State College Republicans, former Regional Director of the Georgia Association of College Republicans, Former member of the Lowndes County Republican Party Executive
board, has worked on campaigns for Newt Gingrich, Saxby Chambliss, Nathan Deal, and Jack Kingston. Tim Wessinger was recognized in 2012 for his work for Georgia’s 1st Congressional District by Georgia Trend Magazine’s “40 under 40” and is an highly recognized figure in Georgia’s 1st Congressional district.
Said Tim Wessinger, “I am excited at the opportunity to help further Georgia’s Republican majority and continue to lead the Georgia Republican Party to victory in the future. We are at a pivotal time in our country and true grassroots is needed more than ever to return our nation on the right track. Over the coming days, I will introduce myself to everyone within our Party and explain my ideas for furthering our Republican majority in the state, as well as, how to change things on the national level.”
Stephen Aaron, from south Georgia and former College Republicans chairman and current Student Government president at Abraham-Baldwin Agricultural College, and Greg Williams, current chairman of the Buckhead Young Republicans, are also actively seeking election for 2nd Vice Chairman.
No doubt that the field will get a little more crowded after 10a this coming Saturday.