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GOP convention set for Saturday
New leadership will emerge from event
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Forsyth County News
Forsyth County GOP convention


Registration begins at 9 a.m. Saturday. All delegates and alternates must be on time or they will not be allowed to participate. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at South Forsyth High School. Tickets are $10. For more information, go online at

By the end of the day Saturday, the Forsyth County Republican Party will have new leadership.

Andrew Miller, the current party chairman, said the local GOP's county convention is an exciting event.

“It’s fun to see the party go through an election,” he said. “It’s a marketplace for ideas, even within the party. It’s an enjoyable experience for me to see a peaceful, calm transfer of leadership.”

Ethan Underwood, the party’s first vice chairman, and former school board candidate Ed Castle have announced their intent to run for Miller’s seat.

Another former school board candidate, Tim Plotner, has said he will seek the office of first vice chairman under Castle’s leadership.

“Some people have announced their candidacy this time,” Miller said. “But somebody can walk up the day of [and run].”

After an 11-member nominating committee makes a recommendation, delegates and alternates, selected during February’s precinct meeting, will vote on the new leadership.

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, a Republican from Gainesville, will be the keynote speaker for the convention, which this year features lunch for the first time.

Miller said he isn’t throwing his support behind any nominees until they are elected. No matter who is selected, he said it will be “enjoyable for me to see fresh faces up there.”

“What I like to see is that the party is not emphasizing individuals or specific people and certain positions, but just seeing everybody take their turn and helping the party to accomplish its goals.”