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Republican Party holds convention March 12

The Henderson County Republican Party will hold its 2020 County Convention and Precinct Meetings and on Saturday, March 14, at Apple Valley Middle School.

Doors open at 12:30. Meetings start at 1. All Republicans who were registered by Jan. 31 are encouraged to participate.

The candidates in a runoff for the Republican nomination for the 11th Congressional District seat, Lynda Bennett and Madison Cawthorn, are expected to attend, said party Chair Merry Guy.

The keynote speaker is North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby, who is running for chief justice. Initially elected to the state Supreme Court in 2004, Newby served as assistant U.S. attorney in Raleigh from 1985 to 2004. He received his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law. Newby and other candidates speak from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. after party precinct meetings.

Precinct meetings are the best way to meet precinct leaders and get involved in Republican Party activities, Guy says. The convention immediately follows. This is where delegates are seated for the County Convention. Party officers are elected at the convention this year and other party business will be conducted. For more information contact Merry Guy at the HCGOP website at or call 828-693-6040.