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Recent Press Release

The Union County Republican Party held its annual convention at the county courthouse on March 12, 2011. New officers were elected to serve a two-year term for guiding the local party through many activities, the most important of which will be the 2012 Presidential election. Billy Turnage was elected as Chairman. Turnage fills the vacancy of Chuck Honaker. Honaker, who did not seek re-election, was recognized at the convention for his service as Party Chairman for two terms.

"I look forward to working with the membership as we face the challenges ahead,” Turnage said. “Our goal is to grow the party in Union County and provide a forum for voters to meet and get to know Republican candidates for local, state and national office,” he said.

“We’re clearly interested in making a change in the White House, but we will also be looking at the courthouse,” Turnage says. “It is exciting to see the county becoming more Republican as voters realize it makes a difference when they have conservative representation in government all the way up the line. We already have some good candidates ready to run."

Republicans will also be faced with another big event. During the new officers' term redistricting must take place based upon the results of the 2010 Census. Union County is in the Ninth Congressional District which encompasses fifteen counties in North Georgia. The region has been a part of Georgia’s fastest growing counties and is certain to be divided during the redistricting process.

The Union County Republican Party meets (starting May 21) on the third Saturday of each month at J.B. Rooster’s restaurant in Blairsville. For more information, visit or contact either Chairman Turnage at 706-745-5125 or First Vice Chair Dottie Honea at 706-745-2512

(Picture attached of Billy Turnage presenting a plaque to Chuck Honaker in recognition of his excellent service as Chairman of Union GOP for the past two terms.)

UCRP Meeting Updates

Updates to be soon postedSpeaking at the April meeting was former State Senator Lee Hawkins who is running for the Ninth Congressional District seat that opened up with Nathan Dealís resignation from Congress. Hawkins discussed his experience as a small business owner and the need to bring someone with proven conservative credentials to Congress to help defund the recently passed health care plan. Former State Senator Eric Johnson spoke about his campaign for Governor. Johnson outlined the five key points of his campaign platform and stressed his credentials as a Reagan conservative. Incumbent Secretary of State Brian Kemp spoke about what he has done in office since being appointed Secretary of State in January and his plans if re-elected. Chickamauga City Council member and businessman Steve Tarvin who is also running for the Ninth Congressional District was the final speaker. Tarvin spoke about his no-nonsense campaign, the strong conservative values that he brings to the campaign, and the business experience that he has in running several companies.


Grassroots Leadership Spotlight – Andrew Turnage

As the Georgia Republican Party welcomes the newest members of our leadership team, we are both excited and encouraged by the outstanding individuals chosen to represent our many counties and congressional districts across the state. As one of the GAGOP’s newly elected Chairmen, Andrew Turnage brings over a decade of proven leadership to the helm of Georgia’s 9th Congressional District Republican Party.

Since taking part in ‘Georgia’s Republican Revolution’ all the way back in 1998, Mr. Turnage has played a vital role in the continued GOP growth throughout the state. First becoming involved locally within the Union County Republican Party, he worked tirelessly to raise funds and facilitated GOPAC’s candidate training, “Flying Upside Down,” for individuals from the top of the ticket to the bottom. Andrew also had the opportunity to serve on the Union County Leadership Teams for George W. Bush, Sonny Perdue, Saxby Chambliss and countless other campaigns, securing tremendous results that would ultimately lay the groundwork for a Republican stronghold on the region that persists to this day.

A previously elected State Committeeman, Andrew has not missed a beat in assuming his leadership role atop the 9th District GOP. “I see the rising tide of liberalism in America and its attack on faith, family and freedom. These attacks threaten our conservative Republican values, and I will fight to promote and protect the 9th District, and work to support conservative Republican candidates who embody our core values,” he explained. Looking ahead to 2012, Mr. Turnage expounds that the group’s first goal will be to ensure that the GOP does not lose ground in an already heavily-Republican district. Above that, however, his sights are firmly set on each and every one of the remaining Democrats in northwest Georgia.

Proudly a 6th generation Georgian, Andrew and his wife reside in Blairsville, a town which he affectionately refers to as “God’s Country.” A graduate of North Georgia College & State University, he later went on to receive a Master’s degree from the University of Georgia. Mr. Turnage has remained very active in his community as well, and has spent time on the Blairsville Union County Chamber of Commerce, Keep Our Mountains Beautiful and the Union County Volunteer Fire Department.

Thank you, Andrew, for your hard work on behalf of Republicans in Union County and across Georgia!


For further information contact Bill Turnage,
Chairman of the Union County Republican Party, 706-745-5125.

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