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Forsyth GOP opens headquarters, campaign office
District 27 state Sen. Michael Williams, center, speaks with GOP members during the grand opening of the Forsyth County Republican Party headquarters Thursday night. - photo by Isabel Hughes

Loud, excited chants of “Trump, Trump, Trump” reverberated through the Forsyth County Republican Party headquarters as the community gathered for its grand opening Thursday night.

The party and local republicans celebrated an election campaign kickoff event and the office’s official opening at 540 Lake Center Pkwy., off Buford Dam Road near Atlanta Highway (Hwy 9).

The event also featured the GOP’s election-themed logo: a graphic of the iconic hairstyle worn by republican presidential candidate Donald Trump superimposed above the party’s current logo.

The new image will be used until the general election on Nov. 8.

Carolyn Hall Fisher, who was recently chosen to serve an unexpired term for party chair, led the event by thanking those who aided in securing the party headquarters.

She emphasized the need to “take back the White House,” urging every attendee to sign up to work for Trump and local candidates, with work sessions both at the headquarters and the Cumming Fair, where the party will be running a booth.

District 27 state Sen. Michael Williams also attended the event, where he prompted voters to keep Forsyth County republican.

“We’ve got to remind everyone that Forsyth County is God’s country. Republican country,” Williams said. “We don’t have any room here for democrats.”

Daniel Blackman is running as a democrat against Williams, who is looking to be re-elected for a second term, to represent the majority of Forsyth County save for a small corner of northeast Forsyth.

Williams, who was the first elected official in Georgia to endorse Trump, stressed the importance of casting a ballot.

“The most important thing right now is making sure people get out to vote,” he said. “We need a high turnout rate, especially here in Forsyth County, [us] being a very conservative stronghold. We need to vote Trump.”

Williams also appealed to republicans who are, perhaps, less supportive of their party’s candidate.

“Whether or not you’re a big supporter of Trump or not, we have Supreme Court nominations on the line,” he said. “We need a republican in office to make this happen.”

Fisher echoed Williams, emphasizing the important of a republican Supreme Court nominee.

“Of all the elections we’ve had, this is the most important,” she said. “[Voters] must get out and vote for Trump, one of the main reasons being if Hillary Clinton is president and she appoints even one liberal justice to the Supreme Court, we’re going to lose our Bill of Rights.

“Trump has promised us judges — conservative justices — so I’m looking forward to that,” she said.

Both Fisher and Williams said they were pleased with the turnout Thursday.

The Forsyth County GOP headquarters is open noon-7 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays.

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