Emporia, Virginia -- December 11th, 2020 - Congressional Candidate James Spivey and FSGOP Chairman Tim Bradshaw attended the first 75th Legislative District Committee Meeting for the 2021 House of Delegates race.
The Legislative District Committee (LDC) is comprised of Unit Chairmen or their Representatives from each of the Local Republican parties in the House District, including the Franklin Southampton Republican Party, Sussex County Republican Party, Emporia Greensville Republican Party, Brunswick County Republican Committee, and Lunenburg County Republican Party.
During the meeting, which was held at the Cracker Barrell in Emporia, Chairman Bradshaw appointed Mr. Spivey as the Unit Representative for the Franklin Southampton Republican Party to the 75th Legislative District Committee.
Mike Hankins, who is Chairman of the Lunenburg County Republican Party, was elected Chairman of the 75th Legislative District Committee for a two-year term.
Chairman Hankins is a Virginia Tech graduate and member of the Lunenburg County Board of Supervisors. He serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Virginia's Growth Alliance, Chairman of the Board at the Commonwealth Regional Council, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Piedmont Senior Resources Area Agency on Aging.
He has faithfully served the Republican Party in leadership positions for over 20 years, including serving on Virginia's 5th Congressional District Committee and previously completed a two-year term as Vice Chair of the 75th Legislative District Committee of which he will now Chair.
Although the FSGOP comprises over 40% of Republican voters in the 75th House of Delegates District, with around 7,500 Republican voters turning out last month for the general election (a record turnout for the Franklin-Southampton Area), Chairman Bradshaw felt it was in the best interest of cooperation and development of long-term partnerships with the neighboring GOP Committees in our district to support Chairman Hankins' leadership.
The FSGOP and likewise the Republican Nominee for the 75th House of Delegates District will benefit from the resources and leadership that Chairman Hankins brings to the table.
Determining the Method of Nomination for the Republican Candidate to Flip a nominally Blue District
The most important responsibility of a Legislative District Committee is to decide on the method of nomination for the Republican Candidate who will face off against incumbent Delegate Roslyn Tyler (D) in November 2021. The LDC can choose to allow an open Primary for any voter who is registered to vote in the 75th House of Delegates District to decide the nominee or the LDC can choose to hold a Convention where Delegates from each local unit will be able to vote for the candidate of their choice. While Primary or Convention are the two most popular choices, while rare and hardly likely the LDC can also elect to hold a Party Caucus or a Mass Meeting to decide the nominee.
Two Republican Candidates Seeking Nomination to Run in 2021
If you haven't forgotten already in 2019 H. Otto Wachsmann, Jr. brought the 75th House District within GOP reach in its closest race ever with a differential of only 2%, Delegate Tyler winning by her lowest margin on record with only 51% of the vote to Otto's 48.9% which was almost a major upset consiering Tyler was previously unopposed since defeating Al Peshcke of Sussex County in 2013 by a landslide of almost 25 points. Of course Mr. Wachsmann, a pharmacist from Stony Creek, Virginia, is running for the Republican Nomination. But this year he has a challenger before he can claim the title of Nominee and move on to the General Election.
Enter Kimberly Nadine Lowe, a political outsider and former Bernie Sanders supporter who chose to "walk away" from the Democratic Party's double standards and hypocrisy. Ms. Lowe spent most of 2020 campaigning for herself rather than supporting Republican Candidates in the 4th or 5th Congressional Districts and she apparently is banking on the self-promotion to pay off in either a Primary or Convention, hoping to garner enough support from the grassroots to prevent Otto from having a seemingly deserving Round Two against the incumbent Democrat.
Both Mr. Wachsmann and Ms. Lowe are Associate Members of the Franklin City / Southampton County Combined GOP Committee and have shown their support to strengthen the GOP locally. With a lot of unknowns from the General Assembly the LDC expects to meet sometime after the February Legislative Session to formally decide the process of nomination.
We will continue to keep you informed so that we can all Stay in the Fight!
About the Franklin Southampton Republican Party
The Franklin Southampton Republican Party is governed by the Franklin City / Southampton County Combined GOP Committee (FSGOP) which serves over 7,500 Republican voters between the City of Franklin and Southampton County in Southeastern Virginia.
The Committee is open for Members (voting) and Associate Members (nonvoting) to join who believe in the principles of the Republican Creed. Members must be registered voters in the City of Franklin, Virginia or in Southampton County, Virginia.