Morgan County has three active political parties: The Constitution Party, The Democratic Party and the Republican Party.
In odd numbered years, each of these parties holds an organizing convention. The main purpose of the convention is to elect county party officers to serve for two year terms. In the case of the Republican party, we elect a Chairman, a Vice Chairman, a Secretary, a Treasurer and an At Large Member of the State Central Committee. We call this group of five The Executive Committee.
The people currently serving in these positions are (Listed in order): Larry Hatch, Corey Leishman, Bret Haney, Sherm Farnsworth and Jennie Earl.
Any resident of Morgan County who is willing to affiliate with; and register as a member of the Republican Party, is eligible to run for one of these offices. If you wish to run for a party office, you will need to be in attendance at the Republican Party Organizing Convention on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at the Morgan County Courthouse Auditorium. The event will begin with refreshments served at 5:30 p.m. and informal visiting until about 6:00 p.m.
About 6:00 p.m. the party chairman will call the meeting to order. The main item of business will be the election of officers; however, other business will be conducted as required. Those desiring to be on the ballot, for any of the five offices listed above, should arrange for someone who is a registered Republican to nominate them. A second to the nomination is not required, but is allowed if the candidate desires that to be part of his nomination. Seconds will be counted as part of the candidates two minute introductory speech time.
Voting will be by secret ballot and balllots will be counted by independent judges: meaning the judges will not be members of the party executive committee or county delegates.
Those voting will be Official County Delegates who were elected at the Precinct Caucus Meetings in 2010, or appointed to fill a vacated delegate position in the case of a resignation or some event that made a delegate ineligible.
We, the party leaders, hope to have at least two nominees for each of the five positions open for election. Please see our paid advertisement in this issue of the newspaper. Thanks for your consideration.
Morgan County Republican Party Chairman