GOP precinct meetings see high turnout

Feb 14, 2017
Photo by: Michael Lyons Turnout was high at the recent Haywood County Republican Party annual precinct meetings on Feb. 4.

BETHEL — Approximately 225 people attended the Haywood County Republican Party Annual Precinct Meetings on Saturday, Feb. 4. The election of officers and delegates took place to represent the individual precincts at the County Convention, which will be held March 11.

It was the most dynamic and well-attended Republican precinct meeting ever held in Haywood County.

“This was the best attended precinct meeting in the 11th District,” said Leo Phillips, District 11 vice chair.

The new format involved separating the precinct meetings from the convention with the added benefit of allowing attendees to get to know each other on a personal level. Concerns were voiced that it would produce low turnout, but the attendance records demonstrated otherwise.

The format allowed plenty of time to make decisions without being rushed. In the past, the meetings were restricted to 30 minutes, but this year — with the large number of attendees — it took over an hour to complete some of the larger precinct elections.

The competition for the precinct leadership and delegate seats was unprecedented, as attendees who were engaged in active precinct work during the 2016 presidential election wanted to stay involved.

Information regarding the Haywood County Convention in March will be publicized and open to all Republicans. Voting is limited to elected delegates and seated alternates.