Chatham County News Letter Volume 2 Issue 4

Issue 2-4 | April 3, 2017

Chatham County GOP

Welcome to the fourth edition this year of your Chatham County GOP newsletter. We hope you are enjoying this publication. If you have any thoughts on how to make it more relevant to you, please let us know, and share this with your friends and neighbors!                                                                                 

Local News

The April 2017 Chatham GOP Executive Committee meeting is April 11, 2017.

Chatham County Long-Range Planning is scheduled to be finalized in April, with follow-on presentations to the Planning Board and Commissioners. Watch out for tax increases!

The next Chatham County Commissioner’s Meeting is April 17th at 6:00 PM in the Historic Chatham County Courthouse. See you there!

For a complete list of events, visit our calendar page.

The NCGOP 6th District Convention is Saturday, April 8 at Walter Williams High School, 1307 South Church Street, Burlington, North Carolina 27215. Chatham County is now in the 6th District. Registration begins at 10:00 and ends promptly at 11:00. Donation cost is $20 for attendees. All 6th District registered Republicans are invited to attend the open session. You must have been elected as a delegate at your County convention to vote at the Convention.

The 2017 North Carolina State GOP Convention is June 2 through 4 in Wilmington. Pre-register now!

State and National

NC House Bill 2 was repealed and replaced with NC House Bill 142, which says state government agencies are preempted from regulation of access to multiple occupancy restrooms, showers, or changing facilities and no local government may regulate private employment practices regulating public accommodations. HB142 expires on December 1, 2020 – just after the next governor’s election.

Judge Gorsuch. Senate Judiciary Committee votes are scheduled starting April 3. Senate Dems have delayed his vote by a week and are vowing to prevent his confirmation. A full Senate vote is expected on April 7.

Contact Your Representatives

Ours is a participative democracy – make sure your elected representatives hear from you before issues come up for a vote. Be polite, be respectful, but make your voices heard! Contacts for your government are here.

County Chairman’s Corner

At the Reagan Dinner on March 25th, we had a packed agenda. We started off with a VIP Reception and dinner session all hosted by some wonderful donors:

Event Speaker Sponsors

- John Gray and Katherine West
- Walt and Terry Lewis
- BJ and Barry Vogel

Reception Sponsors
- Matt and Linda Arnold
- Jim and Betsy Duncan
- Karl and Barbara Ernst
- John Palermo
- Stephen and Rochelle Prystowsky

General Sponsor
- Chuck and Nilda Ramos

We were very lucky to have some really great speakers. They were
- Caroline Mattucci, a young Republican
- Speaker of the North Carolina House
- Speaker Tim Moore
- Senate Leader – Senator Phil Berger
- Special North Carolina Superior Court Judge Beecher Gray
- 6th Congressman Mark Walker.

All of the speakers did a fantastic job. This was NOT the year to miss our Reagan Dinner. We even had a raffle, organized and run by Judge Beecher Gray. The Raffle had 3 prizes: a dinner with Speaker Moore, a dinner with Senate Leader Berger, and a dinner with Congressman Mark Walker. Proceeds from the Raffle go to Chatham County Republican Party. The Raffle was a great way to cap off a wonderful evening. A special hats off award to the Governors club, who really took good care of us.

If you were there, you know how good of an evening it was, and if you missed it, you have GOT to be thinking of coming next year, and you can let me know if you would like to make your reservations now!!! You can see a selection of some pictures of this years event here, or by going to our Facebook page , where the entire album is there for viewing.

During the event we talked about how important the 2018 mid term elections are for North Carolina and why we need to get an early start. It will be called a “Blue Moon” election. There won’t be a Presidential Candidate to be on the top of the ticket, or a Senator. Those general elections draw out more voters.

In Chatham County, Mark Walker will be on the top of the ticket for the 2018 election. We will have to do our best to get out the vote, which is significantly less than in a presidential election. We want to WIN in 2018 and that means getting out folks who vote our way.

We also talked about what Roy Cooper wants. It looks like this:

  • Raise Taxes on Hospitals, Families
  • Increase Government Spending by $1.7B
  • Increase Regulations –> Hurt the Economy
  • Trying to sabotage Voter ID Case
  • Illegally Expand Obamacare
  • Wants to Force Men in Women’s Bathrooms and Locker Rooms [Republicans lead a compromise on HB2 since the dinner]
  • No Religious Freedom Protections
  • Flip-Flopped on Refugees

And then, lets remember what the Republican lead team did over the past 4 years, which as you know has had great results:

  • Most competitive tax rates: 44th to 11th place.
  • North Carolina went from a $2.5B Deficit to $550M budget surplus
  • Cut unemployment Rate in Half, with 400,000 New Jobs
  • Teacher Pay and student reading proficiency on the rise
  • Still fighting for Voter ID
  • Healthcare Freedom
  • Religious Freedom for Magistrates and Judges

Our team has done, and is doing a GREAT job. We need to bring out the vote and make sure our team stays in office. We also need to find candidates that can win in local elections, which we are working hard to do. If you are interested in running for office, or know someone who should, call us or send me an email.

We can’t do it alone and need your help. We need your help by joining the CCGOP executive team, by volunteering your time. If you can’t volunteer, come to our events. You can also help by donating.

I hope to see you around the county, – John John Palermo Chair, Chatham County Republican Party Email me at


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  • Terry Schmidt
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