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Forsyth County GOP holding mass precinct meeting

SOUTH FORSYTH — Just months after enjoying big victories in state and national elections, the Forsyth County Republican Party is in election mode again, though this time at home.

On Saturday, the party will hold its mass precinct meeting at 10 a.m. in South Forsyth High School. The event is an opportunity for Republicans from the county’s 16 precincts to elect officers, delegates and alternates.

“The mass precinct meeting is actually the first step that the Republican Party takes to elect all of our party leadership and basically build the party from a grassroots level, at the precinct level all the way up to the state level,” said Brad Wilkins, chairman of the local GOP.

Wilkins said the event also is an opportunity for the local voters to select representatives from their precinct for the party’s convention in March.

“We gather like-minded voters together at the precinct level,” he said. “… They will choose a chairman for their precinct and they will choose delegates that will go to our county convention.”

Those delegates will then select party leadership at the March 14 gathering.

“At the county convention, those delegates that were selected on Feb. 7 will get together again, and they’ll elect the county level executive committee, that’d be the chairman of the Forsyth County Republican Party and all of the executive officers,” Wilkins said.

“They will also elect delegates at that point to go to the district … and state convention[s].”

Wilkins encouraged all registered voters with Republican values to attend.

“I would encourage anyone who is a registered voter and is a resident of their district, and they believe in Republican principles … to come out and participate,” he said. “It starts at 10 a.m., but you really need to be in line at 9 a.m. If you have not registered by 10 a.m., you cannot participate.

“The same kind of [identification] that they would need to vote, they would need to participate.”