BY REBEKAH CANSLER MCGEE
Published: Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 7:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 7:17 p.m.
The Davidson County Republican Party held a grand opening and ribbon cutting for its campaign headquarters Saturday evening. The office is at 310 N. Main St. in Lexington between Sam’s Car Wash and Char’s.
Lance Barrett, chairman of the Davidson County Republican Party, felt the turnout of over 75 people was one to be proud of on a Saturday evening. He said the party, as it always has, once again opened a headquarters in the county seat of Davidson County.
“This is an awesome location. We really hit a home run with this building,” Barrett said.
The headquarters opening and closing times will be determined, but Barrett said it is likely to be staffed during lunch hours and after regular work hours at the start. Once it becomes closer to the election, the office will be open more regular hours.
The office will service as a central location where Republicans or people interested in GOP candidates can find information. From yard signs to sample ballots, the space will give people the chance to learn more about the upcoming election.
“We are going to emphasize straight-ballot voting,” Barrett said.
Of the registered voters in North Carolina, Barrett noted that the Democrats had more and while he felt optimistic about the coming election, he urged Republican candidates to keep pushing forward.
“We take nothing for granted. You have to always run like you are behind,” Barrett said.
He sees a need for each candidate to run strongly due to the fact of redistricting. Where other counties may be majority Democrat, he said Davidson County Republicans have to make up for that by winning the county by a landslide.
The crowd attending the grand opening included Jack Brosch, running for Congress in District 12, Richard Hudson, candidate for Congress in the 8th District, Jerry Dockham, candidate for state Senate in District 80, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, R-5th, several of the Davidson County commissioners and many supporters throughout the county.
During the ribbon-cutting speech, Foxx believed the announcement of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s vice president candidate was a great decision.
“The future of this country depends on this next election. The Romney/(Paul) Ryan ticket is going to be fantastic,” Foxx said.
Barrett’s predictions place the three Republican Davidson County commissioners on the board. He also foresees North Carolina voting majority Republican, therefore turning North Carolina to Romney in the Electoral College. The state went to President Barack Obama in 2008,
“I predict he will win this state by at least five points,” Barrett said.
Rebekah Cansler McGee can be reached at 249-3981 ext. 228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.