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Local GOP ready for state convention
County will have strong presence in Macon
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Forsyth County News


More than 60 Forsyth County residents plan to attend the Georgia Republican Party State Convention this weekend in Macon.

Among them is Ethan Underwood, chairman of the local party.

“My job is to help coordinate our delegates and to make sure that we get information out to everyone,” he said.

During the annual state convention, delegates will be electing officers to serve the next two years, including the state party’s chair.

Incumbent Sue Everhart is seeking her third and final term against challengers Shawn Hanley and Tricia Pridemore, who has the backing of Gov. Nathan Deal.

Underwood said he plans to hold off on selecting his favorite until he’s at the two-day event.

“I have found that often things change the day of,” he said. “Honestly, I think all three candidates are very capable people. I think it’s going to be an issue of who can carry the football the best in the state party.

“Each candidate has their strong point, but I think we need to see who can bring the party together and make us work as the best functioning team.”

During the convention, the party will also be passing resolutions for official party statements of opinion on issues. The convention is also when new rules to govern the party are adopted.

“The officer electiosn are always exciting, but believe it or not, the resolutions are too,” Underwood said. “When you are arguing over the official platform of the party, that’s when people get excited and animated.”

While Fulton, Gwinnett and Cobb counties send the largest delegations, Forsyth holds its own.

Delegates are selected using a formula comparing the number of Republican votes in a county to the total population of the county based on the most recent presidential election.

“Because of that, we get a very large delegation because we voted Republican in such a large proportion,” Underwood said.

“When you’re meeting folks from all over the state, you realize how big the state of Georgia is, and how many people it takes to make our political system work.”