#GAGOP Round-up: County Convention Edition

Well, 10a on Saturday, March 9th came and went. New leadership has been elected (or re-elected) in the various county GOPs across our great state. A few announcements were made including a third entrant into the Georgia Republican Party chairman’s race. Former State Senator David Shafer announced at the Gwinnett County Republican Convention. In his announcement, he said that he believed that he would do a better service to Georgia by staying in the state thereby ruling out a run to be the next Congressman from Georgia’s 7th District. Shafer will be joining former 11th District Chairman Scott Johnson and current 9th District Chairman Bruce Azevedo who are also vying to be the next state GOP chairman.

Current 2nd District GOP Chairman Joseph Brannan officially kicked off his bid to be the next treasurer of the Georgia Republican Party. He faces Nathaniel Darnell who is also contending for that office. Following is a presser from Joseph Brannan with his announcement:

Today at the Muscogee County Republican Party Convention, Columbus-native Joseph Brannan formally announced his candidacy for the position of Treasurer for the Georgia Republican Party.

Brannan serves as Assistant General Manager and CFO for locally-owned media company, PMB Broadcasting and is a graduate of Auburn University’s AACSB-accredited School of Accountancy.

In addition to his responsibilities at PMB, he has served as Chair of the Georgia Association of Broadcasters, Chair of the Greater Columbus Georgia Young Professionals organization, and serves numerous community organizations.

Politically, he currently serves as Chair of the 2nd Congressional District Republican

Party, the Treasurer of the Georgia Young Republicans, and is a member of the Muscogee

County Republican Party executive committee. In 2012, he had the honor of being elected as

President of Republican Leadership for Georgia – a program inspired by the late-Senator Paul Coverdell. Additionally, in 2016, he was selected as a Delegate to the Republican National

Convention held in Cleveland, Ohio – where he, along with the other members of the Georgia Delegation, had the honor of formally submitting the President’s name into nomination at the Convention.

Personally, he’s married to his college sweetheart, Emily – also of Columbus. They have a young son, William and a pair of twin dachshunds! Members of St. Luke Church in Columbus – Joseph serves on the Administrative Board.

Brannan was quoted as saying “It’s an honor and privilege to be of service to Republicans both in Columbus and Southwest Georgia and I look forward to serving

Republicans all over this state. Treasurer is a position of trust, over the last decade, I’ve been trusted with several positions of leadership and responsibility – I will maintain that same trust with you, the grassroots of the GAGOP as the next Treasurer.”

At their Convention, the Muscogee County Republican Party unanimously passed a Resolution Endorsing and Supporting Brannan’s candidacy.

Website is http://www.JosephBrannan.gop, he can be reached at [email protected]


I was unsuccessful in my bid to become First Vice Chairman of the Gwinnett Republican Party. I have a solid record of Republican leadership (not to mention, voting [and voting Republican] in every election since I turned 18 in 2004–something my opponent cannot say), but the convention chose enthusiasm with no record over my record. I have accepted that. Also, I apparently go by “Zach” now. I have determined it’s my beard’s name. He’s on Twitter. You should give him a follow. In all seriousness and sincerity, I hope my opponent Surrea Ivy is successful as our new First Vice Chairman of the Gwinnett GOP.

So, what did you see? Feel free to chat about observations in the comments.

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