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john_jayJohn Jay, First Chief Justice of The U.S. Supreme Court, 1789

We Fight For Freedom (1776)
By:  James Still

Following the American losses in the fall of 1776 and prior to the victory at Trenton, several States issued addresses in an effort to encourage their citizens.  Among the addresses given was one to the citizens of New York written by John Jay.  (John Jay became the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1789.)  After reading a copy of this address, Congress “earnestly recommended” it to all American citizens and ordered it “printed at the expense of the continent.”

“You and all men were created free, and authorized to establish civil government, for the preservation of your rights against oppression, and the security of that freedom which God hath given you…  It is, therefore, not only necessary to the well-being of Society, but the duty of every man, to oppose and repel all those… who prostitute the powers of Government to destroy the happiness and freedom of the people over whom they may be appointed to rule…

But you are told that their armies are numerous, their fleet strong, their soldiers valiant, their resources great; [and] that you will be conquered…  It is true that some [of our] forts have been taken, that our country hath been ravaged, and that our Maker is displeased with us.  But it is also true that the King of Heaven is not like the King of Britain…   If His assistance be sincerely implored, it will surely be obtained.  If we turn from our sins, He will turn from His anger.

… [Therefore] let universal charity, public spirit and private virtue be inculcated [taught], encouraged and practiced; unite in preparing for a vigorous defense of your country, as if all depended on your own exertions; and when you have done these things, then rely upon the good Providence of Almighty God for success, in full confidence, that without His blessing all our efforts will evidently fail.”  John Jay, Address of the Convention of the Representatives of the State of New York to their Constituents, December 23, 1776

James Still (Mar 2017), RetraceOurSteps.com

“… we do not fight for a few acres of land, but for freedom — for the freedom and happiness of millions yet unborn.”  John Jay, Address of the Convention of the Representatives of the State of New York to their Constituents, December 23, 1776

County and City Meeting Schedules

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GREGG COUNTY JUDGE BILL STOUDT

Gregg County Commissioner Court 2017 Meeting Schedule

Gregg County Commissioner Court Meeting Agendas**

**ITEMS FOR THE AGENDA ARE DUE IN THE COUNTY JUDGE’S OFFICE AT NOON ON THE WEDNESDAY PRIOR TO THE DESIRED MEETING – IN THE EVENT OF THURSDAY MEETING, DEADLINE WILL BE WEDNESDAY OF THE PREVIOUS WEEK.
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Video of Commissioners Court meetings are shown on cable Channel 10 on Mondays at 6:30pm.

 


 

City of Longview
CITY OF LONGVIEW MAYOR ANDY MACK

City Council Meetings
Regularly scheduled City Council meetings are held on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. unless otherwise scheduled. Meetings are held at the city Hall, Jo Ann Metcalf Municipal Building, 300 W. Cotton St.

CITY COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE & AGENDAS

 


 

 

3/14/2017 U.S. House/Senate Votes & Upcoming Bills

March 14, 2017

In this MegaVote for Texas’ 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Confirmation of Ryan Zinke to be Secretary of the Interior
  • Senate: Confirmation of Ben Carson to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  • Senate: Confirmation of Rick Perry to be Secretary of Energy
  • Senate: Disapprove Labor Law Rule
  • Senate: Disapprove BLM Land Use Planning Rule
  • Senate: Disapprove Teacher Education Program Rule
  • Senate: Disapprove State Education Accountability Rule
  • Senate: Confirmation of Seema Verma to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • House: Review Federal Regulations for Repeal
  • House: OMB Regulatory Oversight
  • House: Disapprove OSHA Record-Keeping Rule
  • House: Disclose Agency Rule-Making Communications
  • House: Fiscal 2017 Defense Appropriations
  • House: Class Action Litigation
  • House: Civil Litigation Jurisdiction
  • House: Penalties for Frivolous Lawsuits

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Nomination of Dan Coats to be the Director of National Intelligence
  • Senate: Nomination of Herbert R. McMaster Jr. to be a Lieutenant General in the U.S. Army
  • House: Mentally Disabled Veterans and Guns
  • House: VA Personnel Accountability
  • House: VA Medical Professional Staffing

Recent Senate Votes
Confirmation of Ryan Zinke to be Secretary of the Interior – Vote Confirmed (68-31, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Montana Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke to be secretary of the Interior.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES
 


Confirmation of Ben Carson to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development – Vote Confirmed (58-41, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Ben Carson to be secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES

 


Confirmation of Rick Perry to be Secretary of Energy – Vote Confirmed (62-37, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Rick Perry to be secretary of Energy.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES

 


Disapprove Labor Law Rule – Vote Passed (49-48, 3 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove, under the Congressional Review Act, a Defense Department, General Services Administration and NASA rule that requires federal contractors to self-certify violations of 14 specified federal labor laws and equivalent state laws. The laws include the Fair Labor Standards Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, National Labor Relations Act, Davis-Bacon Act, and Americans with Disabilities Act, among others.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES

 


Disapprove BLM Land Use Planning Rule – Vote Passed (51-48, 1 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Dec. 12, 2016, which modified the process under which BLM develops plans for the use of the public lands it manages, including by considering a wider variety of issues and possible impacts.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES

 


Disapprove Teacher Education Program Rule – Vote Passed (59-40, 1 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Education Department on Oct. 31, 2016, relating to teacher preparation programs that require states to annually evaluate the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs at institutions of higher education and to publicly report this information, including the job placement and retention rates of graduates.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES

 


Disapprove State Education Accountability Rule – Vote Passed (50-49, 1 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Education Department on Nov. 29, 2016 which addresses implementation of a state’s accountability systems when receiving federal education funding under the Elementary and Secondary School Act (ESEA). Among other things, the rule requires states to identify low-performing schools for comprehensive or targeted support and improvement, and requires that each state’s statewide plan use multiple indicators of student success that are the same for all public schools (including charter schools).

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES

 


Confirmation of Seema Verma to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – Vote Confirmed (55-43, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Seema Verma to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES

 


Recent House Votes
Review Federal Regulations for Repeal – Vote Passed (240-185, 4 Not Voting)

The measure would establish a commission to review existing federal regulations and identify those that should be repealed in order to reduce costs on the U.S. economy — including those that should be repealed immediately and those that should be repealed over time through a new regulatory “cut-go” system under which agencies could not issue new rules unless the cost of a new rule was offset by repealing existing rules identified by the commission.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted NO
 


OMB Regulatory Oversight – Vote Passed (241-184, 4 Not Voting)

The bill would require proposed rules by federal departments and agencies, including independent agencies, to be reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget?s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), and it would direct OIRA to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of significant regulatory actions and to ensure that proposed rules are consistent with applicable law and that regulations do not conflict.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Disapprove OSHA Record-Keeping Rule – Vote Passed (231-191, 7 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Dec. 19, 2016, that extends to five years the period for which OSHA can cite an employer for failing to officially record a workplace injury or illness.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Disclose Agency Rule-Making Communications – Vote Passed (246-176, 7 Not Voting)

The bill would require each federal agency to maintain an online searchable list of its regulatory actions and all public communications it makes regarding those regulatory actions. It also would prohibit agencies from soliciting support for, or promoting, its regulatory actions.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Fiscal 2017 Defense Appropriations – Vote Passed (371-48, 10 Not Voting)

The legislation would provide full-year appropriations for Defense Department programs and activities for fiscal 2017, providing $577.9 billion in discretionary spending, $5.2 billion more than fiscal 2016. It would include $516.1 billion subject to spending caps for fiscal 2017 and $61.8 billion in uncapped Overseas Contingency Operations war and anti-terror funding.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Class Action Litigation – Vote Passed (220-201, 1 Present, 7 Not Voting)

The bill would prohibit federal courts from certifying proposed classes of individuals for a class-action lawsuit unless each member of the class has suffered the same type and degree of injury, and it would require quarterly reports by asbestos trusts of claims made against the trusts and any payouts made by the trusts for asbestos-related injuries.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Civil Litigation Jurisdiction – Vote Passed (224-194, 11 Not Voting)

The bill would establish national standards under which federal courts, when considering whether to remand back to state court a lawsuit against an out-of-state entity, must deny that motion and have the case decided in federal court because it determines that an in-state co-defendant should not have been joined to the case.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Penalties for Frivolous Lawsuits – Vote Passed (230-188, 11 Not Voting)

The bill would modify federal rules governing civil lawsuits to require federal courts to impose sanctions on parties that violate the existing prohibition on the filing of frivolous lawsuits, with such sanctions to include monetary penalties to cover the other party’s attorneys’ fees and other costs.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Upcoming Votes
Nomination of Dan Coats to be the Director of National Intelligence – PN41

The Senate will take up the nomination of Dan Coats to be the director of National Intelligence.
 


Nomination of Herbert R. McMaster Jr. to be a Lieutenant General in the U.S. Army – PN87

The Senate will take up the nomination of Herbert R. McMaster Jr. to be a lieutenant general in the U.S. Army.

 


Mentally Disabled Veterans and Guns – HR1181

The bill would clarify the conditions under which individuals who receive federal benefits from the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) may be declared mentally incompetent for purposes of being added to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and thereby prevented from purchasing guns or ammunition ? requiring that an affirmative declaration be made by a judge that the person is dangerous.

 


VA Personnel Accountability – HR1259

The bill would provide the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) with additional tools to fire or demote VA employees based on performance or misconduct, and would modify the appeals process to provide for the appeals of decisions by administrative law judges. It also would include provisions to protect VA whistleblowers against retaliation by supervisors, authorize the department to recoup employee bonuses and relocation expenses, and allow the pensions of VA employees to be reduced if convicted of certain felonies.

 


VA Medical Professional Staffing – HR1367

The measure would establish new staffing, recruitment and retention programs at the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) to enable the VA to help recruit and retain a strong medical professional workforce. It would create a recruiting database to make high-quality potential employees aware of positions at the VA, provide for additional opportunities for career training and advancement for current VA employees through fellowship positions and establish a promotional track for technical experts. It also would require the department to train human resources employees in recruitment and retention methods.

2/23/2017 U.S. House/Senate Votes & Upcoming Bills

February 23, 2017

In this MegaVote for Texas’ 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Confirmation of Steven Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury
  • Senate: Confirmation of David Shulkin to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs
  • Senate: Confirmation of Linda McMahon to be the Administrator of the Small Business Administration
  • Senate: Disapprove Instant Criminal Background Check Rule
  • Senate: Confirmation of Mick Mulvaney to be the Director of the Office of Management and Budget
  • Senate: Confirmation of Scott Pruitt to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
  • House: Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act
  • House: Disapprove Local Government Retirement Plan ERISA Exemption Rule
  • House: Disapprove State Retirement Plan ERISA Exemption Rule
  • House: Disapprove Unemployment Benefit Drug Testing Rule
  • House: Disapprove Alaska Predator Control Rule
  • House: Disapprove HHS Planned Parenthood Funding Rule

Editor’s Note: The House and Senate are not doing legislative business in their respective chambers this week.

 

Recent Senate Votes
Confirmation of Steven Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury – Vote Confirmed (53-47)

The Senate confirmed Steven Mnuchin to be secretary of the Treasury.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES


Confirmation of David Shulkin to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs – Vote Confirmed (100-0)

The Senate confirmed David Shulkin to be secretary of Veterans Affairs

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES

 


Confirmation of Linda McMahon to be the Administrator of the Small Business Administration – Vote Confirmed (81-19)

The Senate confirmed Linda McMahon to be the administrator of the Small Business Administration.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES

 


Disapprove Instant Criminal Background Check Rule – Vote Passed (57-43)

The Senate passed legislation which would disapprove, under terms of the Congressional Review Act, a December 2016 Social Security Administration rule that could make it easier for certain mentally challenged individuals to be placed on the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), thereby restricting them from purchasing firearms.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES

 


Confirmation of Mick Mulvaney to be the Director of the Office of Management and Budget – Vote Confirmed (51-49)

The Senate confirmed South Carolina Republican Rep. Mick Mulvaney to be the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES

 


Confirmation of Scott Pruitt to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency – Vote Confirmed (52-46, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt to be the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES

 


Recent House Votes
Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act – Vote Passed (250-171, 10 Not Voting)

The bill would require the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to pay for a private survey to identify the south boundary line along the Red River separating Texas and Oklahoma with regards to land title and ownership, with the states of Texas and Oklahoma to determine which lands are federal lands and which are private.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


Disapprove Local Government Retirement Plan ERISA Exemption Rule – Vote Passed (234-191, 6 Not Voting)

The measure would disapprove the rule issued by the Labor Department on Dec. 20, 2016, that exempts local government-administered retirement plans for workers at private sector businesses and nonprofit entities from certain restrictions and requirements under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Disapprove State Retirement Plan ERISA Exemption Rule – Vote Passed (231-193, 7 Not Voting)

The measure would disapprove the rule issued by the Labor Department on Aug. 30, 2016, that exempts state-administered retirement plans for workers at private sector businesses and nonprofit entities that don’t offer retirement plans from certain restrictions and requirements under ERISA.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Disapprove Unemployment Benefit Drug Testing Rule – Vote Passed (236-189, 6 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Labor Department on Aug. 1, 2016, that defines the occupations for which states can require individuals applying for unemployment benefits to undergo drug testing.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Disapprove Alaska Predator Control Rule – Vote Passed (225-193, 12 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Interior Department on Aug. 5, 2016, that prohibits certain predator control practices in national wildlife refuges in Alaska (such as the taking of mother bears and their cubs, the killing of wolves and their pups at den sites, and aerial shooting).

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Disapprove HHS Planned Parenthood Funding Rule – Vote Passed (230-188, 12 Not Voting)

The resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) on Dec. 19, 2016, that modifies eligibility requirements for Title X grants for family planning services to specify that states awarding funds cannot prohibit a health care provider from participating for reasons other than its ability to provide Title X services.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


 

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AUGUST 1, 2016
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 SEPTEMBER 12, 2016
GUEST SPEAKER:  Texas Law Shield

Texas Law Shield
Per their request, meeting was not recorded. However, if interested, please visit website:
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OCTOBER 3, 2016
A SPECIAL TOWN HALL EVENT WITH
U.S. CONGRESSMAN LOUIE GOHMERT (DISTRICT 1)

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Meeting Opening Comments and Intro of Congressman Gohmert

 


NOVEMBER 7, 2016
GUEST SPEAKER:
Dr. Keith Rothra
TOPIC:  The Role and Influence of the Media In Our Election Process

Keith
Watch Here – Includes opening comments

 



JANUARY 2, 2017

We The People-Longview Chairman Jeremiah Hunter
Presents an Overview of the coming year’s programs and objectives for the group.
WATCH HERE.

 


FEBRUARY 6, 2017
GUEST SPEAKER:
JOANN FLEMING, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
GRASSROOTS AMERICA WE THE PEOPLE IN TYLER
TOPIC: Legislative Priorities for the 85th Texas Legislature

JoAnn Fleming
WATCH HERE.

 


MARCH 6, 2017
GUEST SPEAKER:  DUSTIN MATOCHA
EMPOWER TEXANS
TOPIC:  STATE GOVERNMENT

David Matocha
WATCH HERE

 


WAY TO GO LOUIE!

The below Letter to The Editor was published in the Longview News Journal on March 7, 2017.

We would like to encourage all to send your letters of support for Congressman Louie Gohmert to the Longview News Editorial Section. Details here.

WAY TO GO LOUIE!

I’ve noticed a lot of chatter in the lame steam news media and on Facebook lately about having or not having town hall meetings.  The worse of this seems to be directed towards our East Texas US Congressional rep Louie Gohmert.  It comes from the same ol die hard liberals in Washington, DC –  this is now their cause de jour.

Louie has decided to not hold town hall meetings for the near future.  He says this is due to the almost guaranteed hostility, disrespect, and probable violence that the newly created “Trump-a-phobes” would be responsible for at any of his town hall meetings.  Balderdash you say?  Let’s take a look at the facts and see what the truth is.

The new “Trump-a-phobes” are now being directed by the old Bernie Sanders Socialist people in a group called “Indivisible”.  They are just another of the George Soros bought and paid for agitators.  This group has a “activist guide” on their website on how to act at a town hall meeting.  It does not say to be violent, but wink wink I think you get the message.  I base this on the past performance of past liberal George Soros funded groups – Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street, violent college protests, etc.  They were all funded and organized by radical liberals and have violence, intimidation, and disregard of the law in common.

Remember the chants of the Black Lives Matter group – “Kill the Cops – Fry them like bacon.  What do we want?  Dead Cops.  When do we want that?  NOW”.  How about the riots, burnt out buildings, and assaults on the Police with the Occupy retreads?  Did you also miss the riots, trashed out businesses, and assaults on anyone with a Trump hat on the nations college campuses?  All done by the radical liberal left.  Pretty impressive record IF you are looking to terrorize people and use violence to get what you demand.

It would be a good thing if this “Indivisible” group was non- violent and respected the law – like the Tea Party did over the last 7 years.  Then a town hall meeting would have some hard questions for reps like Louie, but without expectations of violence and intimidation that the radical liberal groups have as their calling card in the past.  I will say that the local Longview area liberals, in my opinion and to their credit, do not fit into this “Indivisible” type of behavior.  However, a Louie Gohmert town hall meeting would bring outside radicals a running to cause havoc and probable violence.  To look at their record and think otherwise would be extremely naive. Louie is not going to put his constituents in this kind of peril.

The over 75% to 80% of East Texans who voted for Louie Gohmert say “Thank You Louie” for keeping our safety as your #1 priority.  You get almost 80% of the East Texas area vote FOR A REASON!

Michael Schwartz – Longview

Texas House approves ban on texting while driving, again

By: Sean Collins Walsh – American Statesman

Once again, the Texas House has given preliminary approval to a statewide ban on texting while driving. And once again, it faces an uphill battle to become law.

Preventing Texas motorists from using their cell phones behind the wheel has been a priority of state Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland, since 2009.

In a 113-32 vote, the House on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to Craddick’s House Bill 62. It faces an uncertain future in the Senate because of opposition from conservatives who see the ban as a way to limit drivers’ freedom.

Craddick pitched the bill as a commonsense public safety measure. “It’s the major cause of accidents and deaths in this country and in this state,” he said.

The bill would assess a $99 fine on first-time offenders and a $200 fine on repeat offenses.

Craddick’s three previous attempts have been defeated in various ways. Last session, the bill passed the House but did not have enough support to come up for a vote in the Senate. In 2011, it passed both chambers only to be vetoed by then-Gov. Rick Perry.

Forty-six states have banned texting while driving, according to the National Conference on State Legislatures.

Using a cell phone while driving is also banned in Austin, among other Texas cities.

Texas Senate Sends Transgender Bill To House

By: Chuck Lindell
American Statesman

After a second day of sharp disagreement and impassioned debate, the Texas Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to the transgender bathroom bill, sending it to an uncertain reception in the House, where Speaker Joe Straus has said he isn’t a fan and prefers to address other priorities.

The 21-10 vote was unchanged from Tuesday’s initial vote on Senate Bill 6.

Prior to the vote, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick — the bill’s leading advocate — said during a radio interview that fellow Republican Straus appears to be ignoring the will of Texas voters.

“I think the speaker is out of touch with the voters,” Patrick said on KLIF in Dallas. “This is an issue that people, supporters, constituents, voters want.”

Tracy Vincent Sworn In As Gregg County Republican Chairman…

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Tracy Vincent
The Gregg County Republican Party has selected Tracy Vincent to lead it beyond the dominance it already enjoys in local politics.

“I’m kind of called Mr. Volunteer,” Tracy Vincent said Wednesday, the morning after the county GOP’s executive committee named him to succeed Tim Vaughn, who resigned early in his second term to take a job in Dallas.

Vincent, a 25-year Longview resident and Jacksonville native, has ample volunteer background.

The Network Communications sales engineer has been involved in Longview Chamber of Commerce leadership and sits on the governing boards of Crisman School and New Heights Church. He was a member of the board that produced the former Party in the Pines Bike Rally and was on the steering committee for last fall’s Rockers, Riders & Ribs rally.

He’ll step down as a board member of We The People-Longview, a local tea party group, as he enters the new office.

He’s also been a Republican, Vincent said, “all my life, since I first voted.”

He and his wife of 13 years, Donna, a News-Journal advertising account executive, are parents of five and grandparents of 12.

“I’ve got full intention (to run),” he said. “Come spring 2018, hopefully everything will be running on all cylinders. If everything’s great, maybe we’ll just add more cylinders.”

A county’s party chairman fields local candidate filings and often recruits office hopefuls, is the local connection to state and national party activities and serves as all-around cheerleader.

Vincent outlined a three-pronged approach to his new role:

Attracting young people to the party.

Drawing volunteers to be election judges, neighborhood walkers or other roles.

Increasing voter turnout.

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