The Columbia County Republican Party 2016 Headquarters will remain at 3909 Washington Road in Martinez (the log cabin just behind Gary's Hamburgers and next to Abilene Baptist Church) but will only open for special events (volunteer staff).
Columbia County Republican Party Breakfast is held on the 4th Saturday of each month at Eli's American in Evans. Doors open at 08:45 and cost to eat breakfast is $9.00. Check our Facebook events for more info on the upcoming breakfast.
Greenbrier High School
Registration begins at 9 am, meetings begin at 10 am sharp.
We will elect Precinct Officers and Delegates/Alternates to the County Convention.
Jabez Hardin Performing Arts Center (County Main Library)
Registration begins at 9 am, meetings begin at 10 am sharp.
We will elect Officers and Delegates/Alternates to the District and State Conventions.
Elected Board Members
Appointed Board Members
Chairman - Mike Wiltse
1st Vice Chair - Bobby Beck
2nd Vice Chair - Rick Hannon
3rd Vice Chair - Alvin Starks
4th Vice Chair - Michael Maloney
Secretary - Charles Evans
Treasurer - Brad Harkey
1st District Chair - Karen Ribble
2nd District Chair - Stephen Croft
3rd District Chair - Marsha Beck
4th District Chair - Brenda Galeas
At Large Chair - Mike Welsh
Finance - Marcus McGhee
Membership - Jane Boyles
Special Events - Susie Welsh
Public Relations - Pam Lightsey
Campaign Support - John Hayes
Policy and Planning - George Bratcher
Fundraising - John Apostol
Ethics - Ricardo Bravo
Supporting membership is our most popular level of membership, particularly supporting household memberships. Supporting membership is $25 per year and Supporting Household (2 persons per household) is only $40 per year, a $10 savings.
Courthouse Club membership is $125 per year and Courthouse Club Household (2 persons per household) is only $200 per year, a savings of $50! Courthouse Club membership includes free breakfast at all of our monthly breakfast events. As a Courthouse Club Member, we will recognize you on this website if you wish, and you will also receive a nice elephant lapel pin to show others that you support the conservative principals of the Republican Party.
Chairman's Circle membership is $500 per year and includes free breakfast at all of our monthly breakfast events. As a Chairman's Circle Member, we will recognize you on our website and, if you wish, provide a hyperlink directly to your website. You will also receive a nice "GOP - Protecting Our Freedom" elephant lapel pin to show others that you support the conservative principals of the Republican Party.
Student membership is similar to Supporting membership but you must be actively enrolled in high school, or an institute of higher learning that leads to a certification or degree. Student membership is $10 per year.
It all started with people who opposed slavery. They were common, everyday people who bristled at the notion that men had any right to oppress their fellow man. In the early 1850’s, these anti-slavery activists found commonality with rugged individuals looking to settle in western lands, free of government charges. “Free soil, free labor, free speech, free men,” went the slogan. And it was thus in joint opposition to human enslavement and government tyranny that an enterprising people gave birth to the Republican Party..
In 1856, the Republicans became a national party by nominating John C. Fremont for President. Four years later, with the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860, the Republicans firmly established themselves as a major political party. The name "Republican" was chosen because it alluded to equality and reminded individuals of Thomas Jefferson's Democratic-Republican Party.
In 1861, the Civil War erupted, lasting four grueling years. During the war, against the advice of his cabinet, President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation that freed the slaves. The Republicans of the day worked to pass the Thirteenth Amendment, which outlawed slavery; the Fourteenth Amendment, which guaranteed equal protection under the laws; and the Fifteenth, which helped secure voting rights for African-Americans. All of these accomplishments extended and cemented the fundamental freedoms our nation continues to enjoy today.
Republicans believe individuals, not government, can make the best decisions; all people are entitled to equal rights; and decisions are best made close to home. These basic principles are as true today as they were when the Party was founded. For all of the extraordinary leaders the Party has produced throughout its rich history, Republicans understand that everyday people in all 50 states and territories remain the heart and soul of our Party.
Presidents during most of the late nineteenth century and the early part of the twentieth century were Republicans. The White House was in Republican hands under Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. Under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, the United States won the Cold War, releasing millions from Communist oppression, in true anti-big government Republican spirit.
The symbol of the Republican Party is the elephant. During the mid term elections in 1874, Democrats tried to scare voters into thinking President Ulysses S. Grant would seek to run for an unprecedented third term. Thomas Nast, a cartoonist for Harper's Weekly, depicted a Democratic donkey trying to scare a Republican elephant - and both symbols stuck. For a long time Republicans have been known as the "G.O.P." with party faithful believing it meant the "Grand Old Party." But apparently the original meaning (in 1875) was "gallant old party." When automobiles were invented it also came to mean, "get out and push." That's still a pretty good slogan for Republicans who depend every campaign year on the hard work of hundreds of thousands of everyday volunteers to get out and vote and push people to support the causes of the Republican Party.
Abolition. Free speech. Women's suffrage. These were all causes the Republican Party, adopted early on. So, too, were reducing the size of government, streamlining bureaucracy, and returning power to individual states. With a core belief in the primacy of individuals, the Republican Party, since its inception, has been at the forefront of the fight for individuals' rights in opposition to a large, intrusive government.
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