More Activity In The 12th District: Jeff Davis County GOP Organizes

Georgia Republican Party Chairman John Padgett announced the organization the Jeff Davis County Republican Party.  This is the second county Republican Party that has been organized under the tutelage of Chairman Padgett as well as 12th Congressional District GOP Chairman Lawton Sack.  Screven County was reorganized earlier in the summer:

12th District GOP Chairman Lawton Sack met with local conservatives in Hazlehurst on Saturday morning to officially reorganize the Jeff Davis Republican Party and chart a course for growth.

“Jeff Davis County has the potential to become a strong County Party, especially with the experience and wisdom of the County leadership team,” said 12th District GOP Chairman Lawton Sack. “Three former County Chairs and other local grassroots leaders have joined with Chase Hall, the new County Chair, to help move the Party forward.”

“As I left the reorganizational meeting on Saturday, I had a feeling of great anticipation for their future due to the energy and excitement of those in attendance,” said Sack. “They had many ideas already of what they could do to not only build their Party, but also those in the surrounding counties.”

Under the leadership of newly elected Chairman Chase Hall, the Jeff Davis GOP will go through a multi-step process to become an officially recognized organization of the Georgia Republican Party.

“This Party is blessed to have dedicated volunteers like Chairman Lawton Sack and Chase Hall who are willing to sacrifice their time and talent for the sake of growing the Georgia Republican Party,” said GAGOP Chairman John Padgett. “We wish the Jeff Davis GOP all the best in the coming months and we look forward to working side-by-side with them as they grow in size and strength.”

Jeff Davis is the second county party reorganized under Chairman John Padgett. In June, Screven County was reorganized.

Lawton and his team, along with help from the state party, have been working hard to get those unorganized counties organized. Good job, and keep up the good work!


  1. sockpuppet says:

    Population 15,000. Cities and towns: Denton, Hazlehurst and (I am not making this up … must be a good hunting location) Snipesville. Census: 81.20% White, 15.14% Black, 0.24% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.39% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. 5.13% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. The median income for a household in the county was $27,310, and the median income for a family was $30,930. Males had a median income of $26,261 versus $20,095 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,780. About 16.80% of families and 19.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.70% of those under age 18 and 22.10% of those age 65 or over.

    In other words, not certain why they need a local GOP there. Georgia needs fewer counties (outside of the need for Milton County of course … go ahead and give the people what they want so long as they aren’t allowed to steal parts of Fulton that were never in the original Milton) which would mean fewer RPOG and DPOG county committees needed. Which, of course, which is why it is never going to happen, because fewer county committees means fewer county party chairs/officials which means … you get the picture. Not gonna happen.

    • Local qualifying fees are either split with the local county party, if it exists or a percentage goes to the state party if one doesn’t exist. The Democrats actually had to decertify county parties in the old days, because the county party was just a few people using the qualifying fees (which if every county aspiring politician filed as a Democrat, which they did, were significant) as a little slush fund.

      Not really sure about the utility of county parties these days – how many people in Jeff Davis won’t vote for a Republican candidate after seeing millions of dollars of advertising on Savannah broadcast tv but magically will once the local county party reaches out?

      • Lawton Sack says:

        Chris and Sock,

        While I personally agree that we need less counties, we have to deal with the current setup. In order for Republicans from Jeff Davis County (and other counties) to have representation at the District and State levels of the GAGOP, it is necessary to have a County Party. Further, there are some legal functions, such as candidate qualification at the local level.

        In Jeff Davis County, the intention is to team up with some surrounding counties, such as Pierce and Appling County, to maximize their efforts. I actually have been an advocate of the regional system, but it does not fit completely within the current GAGOP Rules, so a County Party is still necessary.

        Another point is that a County this small tends to get overlooked without a local Party. Jeff Davis County has three state Representatives, but none of them “have” to have Jeff Davis County to win. While they cannot compete with millions of dollars of advertising, they can have a local voice and a local presence.

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