On May 23, 2015 the Russell County Republican Party held their mass meeting at Lebanon Middle School to nominate candidates for the upcoming local elections this November. After pre-filing for the mass meeting, there was one contested nomination for District 1 Supervisor. There was a good turn out of almost 150 people attending the meeting with over half from District 1.
Before the mass meeting, the Republicans had a luncheon at Pat’s Kountry Kitchen in Lebanon, Virginia, hosted by Congressman Morgan Griffith. State Senator Ben Chafin and Congressman Griffith were both guest speakers and attended the mass meeting.
Bo Phillips running for Sheriff, Bob Gibson running for Clerk of the Court, and Lou Ann Wallace running for District 2 Supervisor were all nominated by acclimation and will be the Republican nominee for those offices in November.
Sonny Austin, Carter McGlothlin, and Gary Dotson were the three candidates that pre-filed to run for District 1 Supervisor at the mass meeting. District 1 is comprised of the South Castlewood, Moccasin Valley and Copper Creek precincts and is currently held by Bob Gibson running for Clerk of the Court. After the first round of very close voting, no candidate received 50% of the vote required to win the nomination. Sonny Austin finished third and was removed from the ballot for a second round of voting. Gary Dotson won the majority on the second ballot and is the Republican Nominee for District 1.
After the mass meeting, the Russell County Executive Committee released the following statement, “We are very excited and proud of our candidates for the upcoming local election and look forward to upcoming campaigns. There is a strong Republican ticket this year running with conservative values that will do a great job.”
Dwayne McIntyre also added that a meeting will be held on June 4th to fill seats that currently have no nominee. The local unit will vote on those that filed to receive the nomination after the mass meeting. Also, the Russell County Republican Party’s regular meeting is held at the West Room at the Lebanon Community Center near the police station every third Thursday of the month at 7pm.