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Forsyth GOP convention set for Saturday

FORSYTH COUNTY -- The Forsyth County Republican Party will hold its party convention at 10 a.m. Saturday in South Forsyth High School.


“[We] will elect delegates to go to the state convention, to the 7thDistrict convention [and] the 9th District convention, as well as new officers for the [local] party,” said Brad Wilkins, chairman of the local party.


“The last meeting that we had in February is what’s known as a mass precinct meeting. That is a caucus in which we pick delegates to attend our county convention.”


Wilkins said the party also will select a first and second vice chair, corresponding and recording secretaries, a treasurer and his replacement.


“I have decided to retire from my role as the chairman,” he said. “… I served one two-year term and served two terms as first vice chair and second vice chair. And after six years on the [local party] executive committee, I feel that I’ve accomplished everything that I wanted to accomplish and am ready to hand the reins over to new leaders.”


According to Wilkins, the two most likely candidates to succeed him are Jason Mock and Tom Daughtry, but that the convention could select any participant.


The event will feature appearances by state Reps. Mike Dudgeon of District 25 and Geoff Duncan of District 26 and District 7 U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall. The event will also feature one of the state’s two U.S. senators.


“All of the Republican Party’s across the state all have their county conventions on the same day,” Wilkins said. “… Johnny Isakson has decided to come and speak to [us] … That’s really exciting news because our senator can’t be everywhere at once.”


Cost to attend the event is $25. The school is at 585 Peachtree Pkwy.