SOUTH FORSYTH — The local Republican Party elected officers, including a new chairman, during its county convention Saturday at South Forsyth High School.
The new leader of the Forsyth party will be Jason Mock, while Patrick Gilligan will serve as second vice chairman.
Mock, who is the director of small business services for the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, has worked on several Republican efforts. He succeeds Brad Wilkins, who had previously announced his intention to retire.
“As your chairman, my goals are to grow our local party, raise the money necessary to ensure effective get-out-the vote efforts [and] develop a comprehensive voter database,” Mock said. “And I will work to keep Forsyth County the most conservative county in the state of Georgia.”
Some officers were re-elected to their posts Saturday or shifted to a different role within the party.
Carolyn Fisher moved from second to first vice chair, Dan Coleman moved from treasurer to recording secretary and Carla Radzikinas remained the party’s corresponding secretary.
The party also gave sendoffs to Wilkins and Doug Sorrells, the former longtime county clerk of courts who stepped down last month as the Republican representative on the local elections board.
“It’s been my honor to serve the county,” Sorrells said. “To represent the Republican Party on the board, it’s been a pleasure.”
Sorrells received commendations from the Georgia House of Representatives and Senate, while Wilkins was given a display case for an American flag that had flown over the state capital in Atlanta.
Both men received a standing ovation from the audience.
“Even the folks in this room that I battle with, even the folks that I disagree with — sometimes more passionately than I should — I do so because I enjoy it,” Wilkins said.
“I enjoy the mental back-and-forth with fellow conservatives. And you folks accepted me in your ranks about six years ago. You gave me this opportunity. Not that I deserve it, but I try to deserve it every day as your chairman and I thank you all very much.”
The meeting also drew several local Republican office-holders and appearances by District 7 U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall and U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson.
The party also made some adjustments to party rules selected delegates to attend the upcoming district and state conventions.