Watauga's Adams elected state GOP secretary
by Anna Oakes
Former Watauga County commissioners candidate Tommy Adams was elected as secretary of the North Carolina Republican Party earlier this month.
Adams, a Watauga County native and graduate of Appalachian State University, will serve a two-year term as secretary of the state GOP. He previously served two terms as assistant secretary of the state party.
In addition to clerical duties at state committee meetings and conventions, the secretary serves on the state GOP's Central Committee.
Claude Pope, a Brunswick County businessman and former Wake County party chairman, was elected chairman of the state party at its convention in Charlotte, held June 7-9.
Adams said Pope asked him to serve as secretary if he was elected, and Pope presented Adams' name as his nominee for secretary.
Adams said he has recently accepted a job in Winston-Salem and will be relocating there. He ran for the Watauga County Board of Commissioners in 2012, but was defeated by Democrat Billy Kennedy.