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Rep. Jonathan Jordan talks during the Saturday's Watauga County Republican Convention, while Republican Party Chairwoman Anne-Marie Yates looks on.

Originally published: 2014-03-24 11:12:01
Last modified: 2014-03-24 11:15:40

Watauga Republican Party gathers for convention

by Allison Haver

Watauga County Republicans gathered Saturday morning at Dan'l Boone Inn for their annual convention, electing leadership, passing 14 resolutions and approving a platform for the year to come.

U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx thanked the local party faithful for their work and urged them to keep pushing on with their moral obligations.

"I want to thank you for working in the vineyards year after year, day after day because we can not maintain the greatest country in the world without good people like you," Foxx said.

"You don't just work for the Republican party, you work for this country," she said.

Republicans unanimously re-elected Anne-Marie Yates as chairwoman and Myra Scoggins as secretary.

Yates recognized Watauga County Elections Board Chairman Luke Eggers and board secretary Bill Aceto.

"These guys are fighting on the front lines," Yates said.

Eggers and Aceto will go before the North Carolina State Board of Elections on Monday to petition the one-stop voting plan that was not unanimously passed on March 5.

About 60 people in attendance also voted unanimously to approve 14 resolutions.

Among those was a resolution honoring James Eubert Holshouser, Jr., a former North Carolina Republican Party chairman and Governor of North Carolina who died in June 2013.

A resolution to honor the service of William Eugene "Gene" Wilson, a former Watauga County Commissioner, a former representative of the North Carolina House Representatives and owner of Dan'l Boone Inn, was also passed. 

Wilson, along with members of his family was present Saturday to be recognized.

Republicans also approved resolutions supporting the actions of Watauga County Commissioners, to support the ad valorem method of distributing sales tax revenues in Watauga County and to encourage the North Carolina legislature to continue bringing innovative solutions to bear on improving education for children.

"These resolutions are very good and very well written," Yates said. "We have a crackerjack staff."