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Wade elected local GOP unit chair

South Boston News
Wade / August 06, 2020
On Friday, the Halifax County Republican Unit held a drive-up vote and elected Jimmy Wade as the party’s new county chairman. Wade took the chair with 101 votes, with outgoing chair Korey Snead collecting 81 votes in his quest for re-election.

“It was a good turnout and I couldn’t believe how patient everyone was,” said Wade, who noted a line of cars wrapped around the Mary Bethune Complex as party activists showed up to vote.

The election of the Halifax Republican Unit Chair was scheduled to take place a month ago, but the process took longer to due to COVID-19. The drive-thru voting consisted of participants stopping at three separate tents. At the first tent, they were asked to show they were eligible to vote, at the second tent they voted, and a third tent was set up to give members an opportunity to join the Republican county committee.

Wade, former tie-breaker for the Halifax County Board of Supervisors, said serving in that position “is where I made a lot of connections and that’s why I was approached to run for chairman.”

Wade said his priority as party chairman will be to raise the profile of the Halifax County Republican Unit.

“I plan to have interesting speakers at every meeting to break down politics in our daily life,” said Wade.

This was the second time in recent months that Halifax Republicans have taken part in drive-thru voting. Fifth District Republicans held a drive-thru convention in June in Campbell County to select the party’s nominee for the fall campaign for U.S. House of Representatives. GOP activists ousted sitting Fifth District Rep. Denver Riggleman and tapped Bob Good, a former Liberty University fundraiser, to vie in the Nov. 3 general election. Good will face the Democratic nominee, Cameron Webb of Charlottesville, in a race that pundits and party activists believe could test the Republican Party’s longtime hold over Virginia’s Fifth District.

Rather than hold a convention, such as took place in Campbell County, Halifax Republicans chose their next chairman via direct voting. “Most members of the Halifax committee were adamant about having a primary versus a drive-thru convention,” said Phyllis Smith, a member of the local Republican committee.

With the November election just around the corner, “the committee is excited Jimmy [Wade] won and we are ready to hit the ground running with a good group of people,” said Smith.

Efforts to reach Snead for comment were unsuccessful, but writing on social media after the vote, he offered his congratulations to the new chair “on a race well run! Now that the mass meeting is over, let’s all get behind our new chairman Jimmy Wade and work to elect our Republican ticket: President Trump, Daniel Gade, and Bob Good!” Snead wrote.

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There goes the Republican Party, done. Isn’t this the X-supervisor alternate who gave a long speech AGAINST raising taxes to end up saying, BUT I WILL VOTE FOR A TAX INCREASE ANYWAY, under the laughter of Witt & Davis. Good luck Republicans. What a joke!!


The republicans should have elected Jack Dunavant, would have been just as effective. Jack is famous and has marches and protests.

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