The Cannon County Republican Party met this week for the purpose of a mandatory reorganization which included electing leadership officers.
Party activists meeting in Woodbury elected Jim Gibbs seeking to succeed Chairman Corey Davenport, who was not able to seek reelection.
Following the vote, Gibbs oversaw the election of the additional officers: Bonnie Thomas, Vice-Chair; Nathan Nichols, Treasurer; Dana Davenport, Vice-Treasurer and John Wilkinson, Secretary.
Once controlled by the Democratic Party, Cannon is now squarely in the Republican majority in state politics.
Current officials serving Cannon County as Republicans include: Gov. Bill Haslam; Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey; State Sen. Mae Beavers; State Rep. Mark Pody; Chancellor Howard Wilson; Circuit Judge Keith Siskin, District Attorney General Jennings Jones; Public Defender Gerald Melton; U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander and U.S. Congressman Diane Black.
"All politics are local politics and it matters what happens in Cannon County. Each of us can bring about change," Gibbs said. "Despite the gains made by the Republican Party in Tennessee and the most recent National elections, we have a lot of work to do and I'm ready to get started."
Gibbs said he was pleased with the election and happy with the slate of officers he will be working with locally.
On his immediate agenda is the forming of several groups which support the Republican Party such as a local branch of the Tennessee Federated Republican Women's Club and a Young Republicans Club.
Gibbs said he would like to create an informal bipartisan legislative review group such as the one utilized by Representative Mark Pody in Wilson County. Representative Pody actually depends upon the group to help analyze the hundreds of pages of bills presented to the legislators each session. While Mark votes his own conscious, he respects and relies upon the opinion and advice of his citizen committee. "Cannon County needs to share in that input on Capitol Hill," said Gibbs.
While short on notice, I would like to invite all Cannon County Clergy to attend Ministers Day on the Hill Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM. This special opportunity will be at the Old Supreme Court Chambers in Nashville. While the event is free to attend, an optional lunch is available for $10. Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey will address the group. I suggest you register as early as possible.
If we can get a group of Cannon County Clergy who are planning to attend Ministers Day on the Hill, I will try to coordinate a group visit to the offices of Senator Beavers and Representative Pody. A registration form can be found on the Internet here: http://bit.ly/1CuX9CO
The next meeting of the Cannon County Republican Party is Monday March 9th at 6:00pm in