There is no getting around how disappointed I am with the result of last night’s primary election. I, like you, were exhausted but did not sleep well last night. Many of us are new at running for office and running a campaign. The days are long, your time is limited, and there never seems to be enough money in the bank. Campaigns are inherently grueling and bittersweet. Bitter when we lose and sweet when we win. Last night most of us ended up on the bitter side.
However, congratulations to Tony Wilkins for pulling through the primary. The work for him is not done yet and we now need to make sure we keep him on the City Council. As for John Brown, what a brave campaign he ran. He came out early, stuck to his message, and crisscrossed this entire City. He and his wife Suzanne should be proud of their efforts and keep their heads up high. We all commend them for their valiant effort. Running for Mayor (even though it was not partisan) as a Republican is like climbing Mt. Everest without boots. Furthermore, having a so-called conservative newspaper in town that intentionally tear down our candidates and personally attack our candidates is a damn shame. I assure you as Chairman I will do everything in my power to make sure that doesn’t happen again.
Dan, Bakie, James, Lucas, and Devin, you too are brave and as Chairman I commend each one of you for running, keeping the campaign message, and showing Greensboro, we do have a message about jobs, taxes, and crime. Take some time to regroup and see what worked and where you can improve. Because I know the natural inclination is to run and hide. Politics is filled with candidates that lost many times and on their second, third or fourth try they won their office. Just ask Mike Causey, our Insurance Commissioner, it took him five times to finally get elected. I encourage you to not get stuck, but to keep moving forward. The Republican Party in Greensboro and Guilford County supports you. We hope you will continue to contribute and help make a difference. Don’t make this the end of the road but the beginning of a new path that will lead you to the office or the goal you seek.
To all of you volunteers that worked tirelessly for each candidate, walked door to door, handing out literature, culling information from data banks, and donating your time and money, I sincerely thank you. Without your continued efforts, the Party could not function. As Chairman, I see many of you every day and I proud to say that you are my friends and you all make Guilford County standout amongst the rest. There is still work to be done and your help is still needed. When campaigns don’t go the way we hoped It’s easy to give up, DON’T! We as a Party will live another day to fight, fight, fight for our conservative values.
As Chairman, I speak for the entire Republican Party, we are proud of you as candidates, each of you fought a good fight, and (it may not seem like it today) but you have made a difference in our Party and in Greensboro. Therefore, let's continue to work together, stay busy helping the Party in Guilford County. In so doing, through promoting and fighting for Republican values, we progress toward our goal of creating a better future for our city, county, state and nation.
See you all at our monthly meeting in November.
Greensboro’s small businesses and taxpaying citizens - at long last - need a voice at the table. That voice is John Brown. As Mayor, John Brown will conduct a business agenda aimed at bringing better and more jobs to the city.
Nancy Vaughn has demonstrated her disdain for these citizens, the very backbone of our city, and her preference for promoting Progressive social issues instead. A full-time paid lobbyist such as her will never understand what makes business work. And if business doesn’t work, neither will Greensboro.
The single so-called conservative paper in the city, the Rhino, has endorsed this failed mayor! She takes every opportunity to engage in partisan fights with the very effective Republican state legislature while her own city, under her leadership, suffers stagnation. In fact, her signature issue, if she possesses one, was to lead a 60% Council pay raise and a vote to have Greensboro citizens foot her/their health care bill for life, even as they struggle to afford their own. (“Let them eat cake!”)
But endorsing “Nancy Antoinette” wasn’t enough; John Hammer personally attacked a fellow Republican’s character. John Hammer is a man who asked to be invited to our GOP meetings as a ‘fellow’ Republican and then used (and misused) information learned there to trash those ‘fellows.’ We Republicans can no longer trust John Hammer, let alone trust him as a conservative voice for Greensboro.
Don’t believe me? Below is a direct quote from John Hammer from a this summer.
“When an elected official can no longer adequately perform the duties of their job, for whatever reason, it is their responsibility to resign…It is time for Vaughan to resign as mayor… "
Yes. That is John Hammer, asking for the current mayor’s resignation. He has also written about how the static tax rate is actually a stealth tax increase that the city tried to hide.
Vaughan is politicizing the police department and crime is soaring. Moreover, we have lost 1,000 high-paying jobs in the last two years alone!
“Like so many other viable, potential candidates, I considered just not putting my family through the media mudslinging,” John Brown said to a group of supporters, “But our city cannot take four more years of Nancy Vaughan and her progressive social issues agenda while Greensboro families struggle. Frankly, turning this city around is a lot more important than whatever the liberal media, such as the Rhino, may write about me.”
We, the Guilford County Republican Party, are proud to support John Brown for Mayor and we encourage all level-headed Greensboroans to do the same. Take it from me, the African American Chair of this party, our City Council needs some diversity (of thought)!
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As President Trump visits the scene of Sunday's horrific attack in Las Vegas, we join him in praying for Las Vegas, in supporting the injured and the families of the lost and in waiting for answers as our law enforcement agencies plow through the evidence for answers.
Life is precious. Life matters. America matters. God Bless America.
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