FORSYTH COUNTY – Four Forsyth County residents will be representing the local Republican Party at next month’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
State Sen. Michael Williams, whose District 27 represents the majority of the county, was selected at the Georgia Republican Convention earlier this month as a delegate to the national convention (RNC). Gabriel Brisuda and Maria Strollo Zack were chosen as alternates. The trio will join Carolyn Hall Fisher, who was selected as a delegate at the 7th Congressional District’s convention in April.
“Forsyth County is a strong Republican community, and it just shows the hard work that these individuals have put in,” said Jason Mock, chair of the Forsyth County GOP.
The RNC will be held July 18-21 at Quicken Loans Arena, home of the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team. This will be the third year that Cleveland has hosted the convention after hosting in 1924 and 1936.
About 2,470 delegates and 2,302 alternates will attend the event.
Mock said the convention will be full of events and speakers, in addition to formally selecting the party’s nominee and his running mate.
“They will get to vote on Donald Trump being the next nominee for the Republican Party, and they will get to vote on his vice presidential pick as well,” Mock said. “It will be a very exciting time for those four individuals.”
Williams, who is serving his first term as a state lawmaker, has long been a supporter of Trump and said he is excited to vote on his nomination.
“I was the first elected official in Georgia, back in September, to come out and endorse him,” he said. “It was a little bit gratifying. I got teased and picked on a lot. Now, I get to go to the RNC and vote for him being the presidential nominee.”
Trump carried both the state of Georgia and Forsyth County during March’s presidential preference primary.
Statewide, he earned 501,107 votes, or about 38.8 percent of the total, and collected 15,698 votes, about 37.2 percent of votes, locally.
Williams said the convention is the time for the party to come together after a heated primary race.
“One of my big agendas while we’re up there is to help to just unite the Republican Party,” he said. “We may not have our first choice, but it is the choice the party selected and we just have to find a way to put the past behind us, focus on November and win the White House.”