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New GOP Chair Eyes Big Year For Elections – Transylvania County, NC


Last updated 12/30/2019 at 1:38pm

With a presidential election upcoming, 2020 will also see a number of political races at the local, state and national level.

And with a new year, a new face is leading the Transylvania County Republican Party. Ruth Harris has replaced Sammy Kicklighter as chair of the local GOP. Kicklighter is moving to Statesboro, Ga.

Harris moved to Transylvania County in 2009 with her husband, Mike, and her son, Matthew. After retiring from a 30-year career as an engineer with Boeing, she and her family fell in love with the beauty and Appalachian culture of the county, as well as the small town feel of Brevard.

Harris has been active with the local GOP in past years as a precinct chair for Little River and has enjoyed meeting voters while distributing voter information at the polls during elections.

She became involved in economic development in 2014 as a member of the Transylvania County Independent Economic Task Force, which laid the groundwork for the current Transylvania Economic Alliance.

She is currently serving her final six months as a board member for that organization.

As the new chair for the TC GOP, she is looking forward to working with a dedicated group of volunteers who support the local party in turning out the vote for next November’s election.

“This is a great time to be stepping into the position of TC GOP chair,” she said. “The Republican Party is united behind President Trump (92 percent of Republicans approve) and he is keeping his campaign promises at an astonishing rate. It always makes it easier to turn out the vote to re-elect a president if there are real accomplishments that are positively impacting the everyday lives of voters.

“On a local level, so far, we have strong conservative candidates up and down the ballot, including Dan Forest for governor as well as a group of true conservatives running for the open county commissioner seats – Larry Chapman, Jason Chappell and Teresa McCall.

“This election year, one of my priorities is getting our conservative voters to vote the full ballot. Some may think they just want to vote for President Trump and leave the rest blank, but we have seen how important it is to make sure the entire political structure is in place to support his policies, including members of congress and conservative judges.

“A longer-term effort (beyond just this election) for our local party will be to identify and develop/train potential GOP candidates who will be the future conservative leaders within the local community. It takes a lot of volunteers to win elections, so we hope all TC Republicans will consider getting involved on some level to ensure we can all have the joy of seeing our candidates win on election night.”

A story about the new Transylvania County Democratic Party chair will appear in an upcoming edition.


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