DEKALB COUNTY

posted : Dec 20, 2015

DeKalb GOP opens doors to new headquarters

The GOP’s stronghold on the northern parts of DeKalb suffered a major setback in November when Democrat Taylor Bennett defeated Republican J. Max Davis for the State House District 80 seat which had been held by Republicans since 2007.

 By: The staff reporters of Georgia Weekly Post

       David Deng, Staff Photographer

 

▲Hoping to fortify its presence in DeKalb, the GOP’s new facility, ironically the former headquarters of Democrat U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney

 

Republicans in DeKalb County opened their new party headquarters Dec. 17, but a quorum of committee members failed to attend, so it turned into a housewarming.

Close to 40 people mingled and sampled hors d’oeuvres while touring the rooms, which still require some finishing.

 

DeKalb County GOP Treasurer Bobbie Frantz helped coordinate the event.

Frantz along with County GOP Chairman Brian Anderson, spent a lot of time greeting and talking with guests.

 

▲DeKalb County GOP Treasurer Bobbie Frantz helped coordinate the event. Frantz along with County GOP Chairman Brian Anderson, spent a lot of time greeting and talking with guests.

 

Officers attending included: 1st Vice Chairman Travis Stegall, and DeKalb GOP Assistant Treasurer Linton Broome.  

Others in attendance were Georgia GOP Treasurer Mansell McCord, 6th District Chairman Michael Fitzgerald, Georgia GOP Minority Engagement Field Director and Asst. Director for the Board of Education Lisa Kinnemore, Precinct Chairman Brian Dinapoli, 40th District Chair Henly Shelton, DeKalb GOP attorney Alex Johnson, and North DeKalb Republican Women President Merrie Soltis

▲ Republicans in DeKalb County opened their new party headquarters Dec. 17, but a quorum of committee members failed to attend, so it turned into a housewarming.

 

 

Other members of the DeKalb GOP attending were Dick Anderson, Bill Grubbs, Rae Ann Harkness, Mary Em Hobbs, Judy Cox, Tammy Johnson, Doris Lee, Robert Siegel, Ullainee Stokes, Natalie Olmi, Laura Viosin-George, Paul Womack, Doug Hartman, Tony Delmichi, Bruce Vail and John Masters.  There were many newcomers to the event including Bob Schmidt who paid dues and joined the DGOP and Business Consultant Ray Johnson.

 

▲  Georgia GOP, 6th District Chairman Michael Fitzgerald speaking to his fellow republicans at DeKalb GOP.

 

The guest list did not include some of the organization’s biggest stars who often show up, like State Sen. Fran Millar and Rep. Tom Taylor, Dunwoody City Councilmen Terry Nall and Jim Riticher, DeKalb Commissioner Nancy Jester and attorney Catherine Bernard.

 

Bernard and Millar are key players in a current court case involving an alleged assault that happened at the party’s old headquarters in Dunwoody last summer. Catherine Bernard is counsel for Henly Shelton, a member who allegedly assaulted a Georgia Weekly Post reporter after he attempted to take a picture of Sen. Fran Millar

 

▲ Georgia GOP Treasurer Mansell McCord

 

The GOP’s stronghold on the northern parts of DeKalb suffered a major setback in November when Democrat Taylor Bennett defeated Republican J. Max Davis for the State House District 80 seat which had been held by Republicans since 2007. Because the district lies partially in Fulton County, Bennett’s victory means that Democrats now constitute a majority of legislative seats representing Fulton County at the Capitol.

 

▲Other members of the DeKalb GOP attending were Dick Anderson, Bill Grubbs, Rae Ann Harkness, Mary Em Hobbs, Judy Cox, Tammy Johnson, Doris Lee, Robert Siegel, Ullainee Stokes, Natalie Olmi, Laura Viosin-George, Paul Womack, Doug Hartman, Tony Delmichi, Bruce Vail and John Masters.

 

Hoping to fortify its presence in DeKalb, the GOP’s new facility, ironically the former headquarters of Democrat U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney, is located - behind Macy's - at 2050 Lawrenceville Highway in North DeKalb Mall. The office features 4,000 square feet of space, a large meeting room and several conference rooms. It is well over twice as large as the former headquarters located in Dunwoody, according to sources.

 

Anderson said he wants the new facility to serve as more than a meeting place for county GOP functions. He said he wants auxiliary organizations, like the county Young Republicans, to use the building. 

Other guests said they were impressed by the new headquarters and felt it was more centrally located so as to draw more members. 

“Now we have room to grow,” said GOP member Doris Lee.

 

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