Chatham County News Letter Volume 2 Issue 7

Volume 2, Edition 7 – June 15, 2017 

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Welcome to the 7th edition of your Chatham County GOP Newsletter. As always, 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

Chatham County Budget

Have you read through the Chatham county budget? It’s YOUR money and it’s YOUR responsibility to understand how YOUR government is working. See for the details on the proposed county budget.

County Planning

There was a special meeting of the County Planning Board on June 13. This meeting presented a fracking and natural gas impact study of Chatham County. You can view a copy of the presentation at

The final Chatham Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee meeting will be June 15 at 6:00 PM in the new Ag center. This meeting will discuss the draft Land Use Plan that will be presented to the county commissioners for their review. This meeting is open to the public. You can find more information at

State and National

North Carolina State Convention

The 2017 North Carolina State Convention was held June 2-4 at Wilmington. Over one thousand delegates from across the state, include nine Chatham GOP delegates attended and represented your interests. Of note, the convention rules, the NC Plan of Organization (how the NCGOP operates) and the NC GOP Platform were passed on the first day with only minor adjustments from the convention floor. 

Governor Pat McCrory talked about how community organizers were doing five things to try and overcome the nation’s conservative majority: solicit money, provide protestors to get free publicity, hire law firms to sue the state legislature (the same law firms who provided campaign funds to the current governor), attack farmers through extreme environmental regulations, and stop reasonable Voter ID laws.

This year’s keynote speaker was Tim Daughtry, author of ‘Waking the Sleeping Giant: How Mainstream Americans Can Beat Liberals at Their Own Game’. Convention delegates heard how to counter Liberal Intolerance and get out our message of limited government based on our Judeo-Christian founding documents. 

NCGOP Chairman Robin Hayes and Vice Chair Michelle Nix were re-elected for two-year terms in office.

The 2018 convention will be held in Hickory, NC on June 8 - 10, so put that on your calendar now and plan to attend.

National News

Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA) remains in critical condition at the time of this newsletter’s publication. Rep. Scalise and three others were shot on Wednesday in Virginia by an anti-Trump gunman. Pray for their fast recovery. Maybe this ugly attack will prompt political leaders across the country to call for civil speech and a cooling off of the violent rhetoric by some on the left.

Chairman’s Corner

One is the loneliest number.  

Commissioner Walter Petty, the one Republican. He is one of FIVE commissioners. He is doing a great job, A FANTASTIC job supporting you everyday and we need to make sure that he knows that. Send Walter an email at the following address and let him know just how good a job he is doing: He is in there fighting for us each and every day. Being one of FIVE however, Walter is a lonely Republican on a Board of Commissioners. He has been, and is, a great volunteer. 

As I mentioned at our BBQ in Silk Hope last weekend … we need to change the composition of our board of commissioners so that our team has more than one of FIVE. In many ways that starts with YOU. There will be 3 seats up for grabs, and we need to win them all. We need your help in what will be a Blue Moon Election, i.e. 2018 is not a presidential year, there is no Senator running, Congressman Mark Walker will be at the top of the ticket in Chatham County. This will be an important election locally as there are many local seats that we want to win.

We will need help to get out the vote, volunteers to call folks in each of the precincts, and of course, we need your generosity.

Reach out to me @ if you can help or may be interested in running for one of the local races that will come up in 2018.

I hope to see you around the county, and certainly on our website, email list, Facebook page, or one of our events.


John Palermo
Chair Chatham County Republican Party
phone: 919 533 6215


The Chatham County GOP is an all-volunteer organization of your neighbors who are interested in smaller and more effective government that follows conservative principles. We need your help! There are many opportunities for you to assist with short or longer time commitments: fundraising, organizing and running events, meeting voters, writing articles and designing graphics, managing databases, and many more opportunities. To volunteer, sign up here.

Stay Informed!

Political awareness and involvement does not begin and end at the voting booth. It is OUR responsibility to remain informed about the issues impacting our families, our communities, our beliefs, our liberties, and our nation. Chatham County GOP publishes information and updates on our website and social media pages:


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  • Terry Schmidt
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