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Waynesboro Mass Meeting Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Waynesboro Republican Committee’s one-term current chairman, Ken Adams, is being challenged for the chairmanship at Thursday’s mass meeting by long-time volunteer and committee member Joyce Gibson.

Adams was the driving force behind a 24th Legislative Senate District anti-primary lawsuit that would remove the choice of nomination method from elected officials.

The Waynesboro Mass Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2016, at the Municipal building, 503 West Broad Street, Waynesboro. The meeting is scheduled to start at 7:00 pm, but voters are urged to arrive by 6:30, as it will be necessary to sign in.

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Former Waynesboro councilman to run for GOP chairman

Waynesboro 1By Lynn R. Mitchell

Mike Harris, who spent more than 30 years as a state trooper before serving on Waynesboro City Council from 2010-14, has announced he will run for chairman of the Waynesboro Republican Committee. Harris, who has been active in the community and statewide, expressed an interest in uniting and strengthening a party that has seen divisive politics shrink its numbers and drive away prospective members.

During his tenure on city council, Harris noted the “proudest of his efforts [was] to bring the satellite Virginia Museum of Natural History to Waynesboro,” according to the News-Virginian.

Current chairman Ken Adams, who is seeking re-election, has been a divisive figure in the party after he spearheaded lawsuits against State Senator Emmett Hanger (R-24th) that would demand mandatory closed conventions without allowing incumbents the choice of an open primary.

Adams’ lawsuit was not settled until shortly before the June 2015 Republican primary (see Primary, or convention in 24th Senate district? and 24th Senate District: Court upholds laws of Commonwealth, Hanger gets primary). He has now filed an appeal that is pending.

The mass meeting to elect a new chairman will be held on Thursday, February 25, at 7:00pm, at city council chambers in the municipal building located at 503 W. Main Street. Those attending are encouraged to be there by 6:30 to register for participation. It is open to any registered voter in the city of Waynesboro. Anyone arriving past 7pm will not be allowed to vote.

Political reporter Bob Stuart has more at the News-Virginian (see Harris to challenge Adams for GOP chair).

Cross-posted at Bearing Drift

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Want to be Waynesboro GOP chairman? You have until Jan. 12 at 5pm to file

GOP elephantBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Looking to become chairman of the Waynesboro Republican Committee? In a calculated move, there is an extremely early deadline of JANUARY 12, 2016, to pre-file for that position.

Ken Adams, who is currently chair and the agitator behind the lawsuits aimed at State Senator Emmett Hanger, is up for re-election. He is ripe for a challenge so it will be interesting to see if elected officials or other “establishment” types come up with someone to run against him.

The Waynesboro Mass Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 25, 2016, at 7:00pm.

Here is the wording from the official Call:

Candidates for election to the office of Chairman of the Waynesboro Republican Committee shall file a form, which is a written statement of intention, by mail or in person, to the Vice Chairman of the Waynesboro Republican Committee, C. R. Barrett, 401 Ridge Circle, Waynesboro, Virginia 22980. The form must be received no later than 5:00 pm, Tuesday, January 12, 2016. A form for filing to be a candidate for Chairman is attached to this Call. Postmarks do not govern.

Here is the website link — then click on “Waynesboro Official Call for 2016 Mass Meeting.”

All voting members of the public may participate in the meeting to elect chairman.

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