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Welcome to Campaign Corner! Here you will find our social media integration to help connect our local constituents with our elected officials and candidates running for office. We hope you enjoy our efforts to better inform you on the races and Officials that serve us in the Russell County Republican Party.



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Russell County Republican Party Holds Mass Meeting

June 2, 2015 by Russell County Republican Party


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.

Campaign Corner w/ Congressman Morgan Griffith

November 1, 2014 by Russell County Republican Party

This is Campaign Corner. Our guest is Congressman Moran Griffith who seeks re-election to the 9th Congressional Seat of VA in Washington. Join us as we talk about his bid for this seat, some projects he is working on, the importance of an Ed Gillespie win to the senate and even his fondness of bird watching.

Campaign Corner w/ Delegate Rob Bell

October 3, 2014 by Russell County Republican Party

This is Campaign Corner. Our guest is Delegate Rob Bell who is the Delegate of the 58th House District in Virginia. Join us as we talk about his presentation the Food Freedom Act at our October 10th Banquet Honoring Small Farmers, the race for U.S. Senate and his history with our 9th District Congressman, Morgan Griffith.

Meet our candidates for the 4th District Delegate Seat

October 2, 2014 by Russell County Republican Party

Greetings Patriots and voters of the 4th District.  Welcome to Campaign Corner!  With the October 4th Mass Meeting quickly approaching we want to give you the full scoop on the candidates running for the Republican nomination for the December 9th SPECIAL ELECTION!  We strive in Russell County to give you the tools to make the most informed decision possible when electing Republican candidates to office.

We have two great candidates vying for the Republican Party nomination in this special election to fill the vacant seat of the 4th District and we hope you join us October 4th to select the next House Delegate to best represent us in Richmond.

Both candidates were gracious to sit down with our Unit Chairman and help launch the social media element of our Campaign Corner.  We thank them for their time and commitment to Southwest Virginia and wish them both the best at the October 4th Mass Meeting.  We hope you enjoy the interviews!


Meet Clifton Cauthorne


Clifton grew up in Hanover County, Virginia.  He attended college and seminary at Bob Jones University.  Following his graduation, he did ministry work in Tennessee and Kentucky.

During his time in Kentucky, Clifton married Heather Lee.  They now have six children.

In 2007, Clifton moved to Dickenson County to pastor Calvary Baptist Church of Clintwood.  Today, he still ministers at Calvary, but he lives in Pound.  He currently serves on the Pound Town Council where his voting record shows that he has NEVER voted for a tax rate increase.

Clifton sat down and joined us on Campaign Corner.

We also followed the candidates around and acquired a video of their visit to our neighboring unit in Washington County.  Listen as Clifton addresses the crowd and explains to everyone his stance on the issues through his understanding and adherence to the Republican Creed.

Clifton asks for your support for his bid to the 4th District nomination Saturday October 4th, 5pm at the Castlewood High School.  In the meantime you can learn more about where Clifton stands on the issues important to Southwest Virginia like Jobs, Helping People and our shared moral values.


Meet Todd Pillion


Todd Pillion was raised in Ewing, Virginia and is a proud alumnus of Thomas Walker High School.  Todd worked on his family’s farm as well as a medical manufacturing factory in Lee County to put himself through Lincoln Memorial University.  Todd attended the VCU School of Dentistry as one of the few students south of Roanoke in the student body.  While there, he vowed everyone at the  school would  know where Southwest Virginia was by the time he graduated.  During his last year in dental school, he served as the President of the student body and helped with the inception of the Wise RAM, Mission of Mercy, project. Due to mounting student debt and his family’s history of military service, Dr. Pillion joined the Virginia Army National Guard during his senior year and was commissioned as a Captain in its Medical Detachment.

Dr. Pillion returned to practice general dentistry in Abingdon in July of 2001. Realizing his true calling was treating children, three years later he returned to a post graduation program in Buffalo, NY to obtain a specialty certificate in pediatric dentistry. During his 2 year residency, Dr. Pillion was called to active duty to support the 42nd Infantry Division in Tikrit, Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Dr. Pillion returned to complete his certificate program and serve out his 8 year commitment with the Virginia Army National Guard.  In 2009, he completed his tenure with the rank of Major and the honor of being the state dental officer for Virginia’s finest. Dr. Pillion currently practices pediatric dentistry with offices located in Bristol, Johnson City, and Knoxville.

He co-owns two local restaurants, a catering company, and Blue Ridge Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Lebanon, Virginia.  Dr. Pillion is an active Barter Theatre board member and is a founding member of  the Green Room Society which encourages young families to support local theatre.  He focused on fundraising and art education outreach programs for children in Southwest Virginia during his tenure on the board of directors of the William King Museum of Art.  Dr. Pillion is currently in his first year as a member of the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification Commission. He serves on the Education, Research and Development, and Southwest Virginia Economic Development committees. He and his family are members of Abingdon United Methodist Church where Dr. Pillion serves on the governing committees of the church.

Todd sat down and joined us on Campaign Corner

We also followed the candidates around and acquired a video of their visit to our neighboring unit in Washington County.  Listen as Todd tells his life story and how it best equips him to be our next 4th District Delegate.

Todd asks for your support for his bid to the 4th District nomination Saturday October 4th, 5pm at the Castlewood High School.  In the meantime you can learn more about where Todd stands on the issues important to Southwest Virginia Here!


Join us Oct. 4th, 5pm at the Castlewood High School for this important event!

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