February 11, 2017 8:26 AM
Today begins the process for a lot of folks for the 2017 Georgia Republican Party convention cycle. It’s the Saturday where “most” counties with 80,000+ populations hold precinct mass meetings at 10a. I say most because counties, like Gwinnett, petitioned the state GOP to move the date of their mass meetings to a day and time more convenient for that locale. Check with your local county’s GOP Facebook or website for details. A newspaper ad or article had to be published last month.
Today’s mass meetings will elect delegates to their respective county conventions. It’s a first step in a long process where we lock ourselves in a room on a Saturday mornings to listen to people gripe, argue, and out maneuver each other using parliamentary procedure. That’s politics, right?
This is the year we elect new leadership. Don’t like how things are going in your county, district, or state GOP organizations? Now is the time to get off of your duff, grab a few friends, and work on building a team to do a better job. I’ll warn you now that some of the aspects of political leadership aren’t glamourous. You’ll hear a lot of complaining and problems being brought to your attention by party members and candidates with fewer solutions or volunteers being offered to help change and improve things.
If you’re willing to tackle the challenges for the next two years, good luck. With changing demographics, an open gubernatorial race in 2018, and Democrats chipping away to find cracks in the GOP base, the challenges for the GAGOP and the entire organizational structure are pretty large. Leadership will need a concrete plan and action to build relationships and help grow the party. Not just talk.
If you want to be involved and live in a county with a population over 80,000, today is a good day to start.