By Lynn R. Mitchell
Two years ago Roger Jarrell II was elected chairman of the Rockbridge Area Republican Committee and, in the time since then, he has diligently worked to build the party, recruit candidates to run for public office, and supported Republican elected officials.
Roger a Lexington native who attended local schools, is well known in the area and had won support from residents and the business community. After graduating from Lexington High School and Virginia Military Institute, he went on to earn his law degree at Washington and Lee University and now is in private practice. His involvement in politics began more than 20 years ago when he worked on Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s campaign for Congress as well as campaigns for Oliver North and John Warner.
Now up for re-election, the meeting to vote for him will be on Saturday, April 2, at 10:00am at Rockbridge County High School.
Roger’s dedicated work for the committee has earned endorsements from many in the community. On Facebook, he noted:
With the Mass Meeting for my Re-election as Chairman of the Rockbridge Area Republican Committee rapidly approaching on Saturday, April 2, I am pleased to announce that all local Republican officials have endorsed my candidacy: Delegate Ben Cline, Commonwealth Attorney Chris Billias, Treasurer Betty Trovato, Supervisor Ronnie Campbell, and Supervisor D.D. Hinty.
Virginia is going to play a pivotal role in electing a Republican president in 2016 and I look forward to leading the way here in Rockbridge County, Lexington, and Buena Vista.
During Roger’s chairmanship, the Rockbridge Area GOP has concentrated on increasing voter turnout during elections, focused on voter registration drives, expanded their social media presence, worked to submit more letters to the editor in the local newspaper, and increased fundraising efforts as well as expanded contacts with the Wild Turkey Federation, NRA, and other Second Amendment groups.
In addition, Roger and his committee added a Republican to the Board of Supervisors and elected a new Commonwealth’s Attorney.
A local resident recently praised Roger’s work as chair:
The last two years have been great years for the Rockbridge Republican Party with increased voter support, strong candidates and fantastic turn out. It didn’t just happen. Thanks Roger for great leadership of a fired up, revitalized Republican Party and the literally hundreds of people who put up signs, got out the vote, wrote letters, donated to the cause, hosted events, took part in events in big and small towns in the county, and showed the Democrats we are a force to be reckoned with at election time!
Those challenging Roger are the tea party-libertarian-populist wing of the GOP who have idealist views. The man challenging Roger for chairman has no experience in the Republican Party but has been part of the Constitution Party and Tea Party.
The election for chairman will take place this Saturday, April 2 — 10am — Rockbridge County High School. I would encourage folks to vote for Roger Jarrell, a proven leader who will continue to represent Republicans as a reasoned representative on Virginia’s 6th Congressional District.