12 Sep

2019 Memphis City Election Endorsements

The Republican Party of Shelby County has endorsed the following candidates in the 2019 Memphis City Elections.

You are allowed to print this ballot out and carry it into the voting booth.

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08 Mar

2019-2021 County Executive Committee Elected

The Republican Party of Shelby County held its bi-annual convention on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at Arlington High School in Arlington, TN.

The following individuals were elected to serve for the 2019-2021 term:

ChairmanChris Tutor
1st Vice ChairAmy Spicer
2nd Vice ChairCary Vaughn
3rd Vice ChairJudy Pearson
4th Vice ChairRobert Hill
Recording SecretarySharon Ohsfeldt
Corresponding SecretaryLyn Windsor
TreasurerJohn Niven
Vice TreasurerLouis Focht
At-Large 1Connie McCarter
At-Large 2Richard Morton
At-Large 3Tim Beacham
At-Large 4Nancy Boatright
At-Large 5Tom Owen
At-Large 6Elaine Ervin
At-Large 7Randy Hendon
At-Large 8Geoff Diaz
District 83 RepresentativePatrick Spicer
District 84 RepresentativeSharon Hyde
District 85 RepresentativeArnold Weiner
District 88 RepresentativeNancy Tapp
District 90 RepresentativeMichael Gilroy
District 91 RepresentativeDavid Wittman
District 93 RepresentativeAustin Nichols
District 95 RepresentativeDanny Kail
District 96 RepresentativeTerri Harris
District 97 RepresentativeBilly Bryan
District 98 RepresentativeMick Wright
District 99 RepresentativeKenny Crenshaw
Past ChairmanLee Mills
Legal Counsel Brandon McNary
Parliamentarian Tim Beacham
Assistant ParliamentarianJack Turner 
AuditorMatt Hall
Adviser Patti Possel
Adviser   Mitch Arnold
Adviser   Kevin Hardin
Adviser   Tim Netherton
Adviser   Kristina Garner
Adviser   Dr. Sharon Webb
Adviser   Donna Howard

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26 Nov

State Senate District 32 Special Election

Senator Mark Norris was nominated by President Trump early in his Presidency to fill a vacant federal judgeship in West Tennessee. After Senate confirmation in October, Senator Norris resigned his state Senate seat and was sworn in as a federal judge in November of 2018.

Because of the timing, a special election will take place to fill the seat for the remainder of the term.

The dates for the election are as follows:

Primary Election – January 24,  2019 (Early voting begins January 4, 2019)

General Election– March 12, 2019 (Early voting begins February 20, 2019)

Below is a map  of Senate District 32. It encompasses the eastern half of Shelby County to include Collierville, Arlington, Bartlett and parts of northern Shelby County. It also includes a large portion of Tipton County.

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26 Oct

Celebrating Robert Church, Jr. – Our Founder

Today would have been the 133rd Birthday of Robert Church, Jr. He is the father of the Republican Party of Shelby County. Prior to the name we have today, the party was known as the Lincoln League. Learn more about the amazing man behind our founding by reading this excerpt:

Robert Reed Church, Jr. was born on October 26, 1885 in Memphis, Tennessee. He was the youngest son of Robert Church Sr., a prominent African American businessman in the city and his second wife, Anna Wright Church. Like his father, he became an important businessman, political activist, and politician during the 1920s.

Robert Church, Jr. was educated at Morgan Park Military Academy in Illinois. After high school he earned a B.A. from Oberlin College in Ohio and an M.B.A. from the Packard School of Business in New York. He also spent two years working on Wall Street. When he returned to Memphis he managed one of the family businesses, Church Park and Auditorium on Beale Street. Afterwards, he became cashier of the Solvent Savings Bank and Trust Company, a bank founded by his father. Church became its President upon his father’s death in 1912. Church also presided over the family’s extensive real estate holdings in Memphis. On July 26, 1911, Robert Church, Jr., married Sara P. Johnson of Washington, D. C. They had one child, Sara Roberta.

In 1916, Church founded and financed the Lincoln League in Memphis which was established to increase voter registration and participation among the city’s black residents. He was convinced that the one of the most effective ways for African Americans to gain political, social, economic equality was through being active participants in the political process. The Lincoln League organized voter registration drives, voting schools, and paid poll taxes for voters. Within a short period of time, the League had registered more 10,000 voters. That same year, the organization ran candidates for public office including an African American candidate for Congress for the first time. The candidates were unsuccessful but the effort created an organization that soon was recognized by Memphis political boss Edward M. Crump. The League evenly expanded into a statewide organization.

In 1917, Church organized the Memphis Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the first branch in the state of Tennessee. Two years later Church was elected to the national board of directors for the NAACP in recognition of his growing national influence. In 1924 the newly formed Congressional Country Club of Washington, D.C. invited Church to become a member. He refused because he was the only African American asked to join. Church was active in other organizations including the Iroquois Club of Memphis and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

Robert Church, Jr. was a perennial delegate to several Republican National Conventions from 1912 to 1940. His Lincoln League provided the swing votes that propelled Republicans to victory in several Memphis and Shelby County. National GOP Party officials acknowledged his leadership by consulting him on federal patronage in the region.

Aware of his political power through the Lincoln League, Republican presidents and other prominent party officials sought advice from Church about various political strategies. Church, however, refused to take appointment to office, the standard reward for such influence. In 1922, for example, he declined a presidential appointment by Warren G. Harding to be chairman of the U.S. Commission to Study American Relations with Haiti. In 1924, he rejected a similar offer from President Calvin Coolidge to become part of a commission to study U.S./Virgin Islands relations.

With the rise of the New Deal in the 1930s and the increasing defection of African Americans to the Democratic Party, Church’s political influence began to wane. Not surprisingly, Boss Crump now cultivated Democratic leaders among Memphis African Americans Church and Crump were neither friends but the Memphis political boss had earlier recognized Church’s political influence. Now, the Crump machine challenged Church’s power directly. In the early 1940s, the Crump Machine used its influence with the Roosevelt Administration to weaken Church. When the Justice Department tried unsuccessfully to convict him of tax evasion, Church moved to Chicago.

At the invitation of his close friend, A Philip Randolph, President of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, Church accepted a position on the board of the National Council for a Permanent Fair Employment Practices Committee. In 1944, he was elected chairman of the Republican American Committee, some 200 black Republican leaders in more than 30 states who pressured Republican congressmen to vote in favor fair employment and other civil rights legislation.

Church visited his hometown in 1952, after attending the Republican State Convention in Nashville to campaign for General Dwight D. Eisenhower for President. While discussing politics with friends, 64 year-old Robert R. Church, Jr. died of a heart attack on April 17, 1952.

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14 Oct

November Election Info (Sample Ballot Too)

General Election & Municipal Elections Tuesday, November 6, 2018

All precincts in Shelby County are included for the General Election.

General Election Offices to be Elected:

Federal Offices:

Senator U.S. Representative, District 8 U.S. Representative, District 9

State Offices:


Tennessee Senate, District 29 Tennessee Senate, District 31 Tennessee Senate

District 33 Tennessee House, District 83 Tennessee House, District 84 Tennessee House, District 85 Tennessee House, District 86 Tennessee House, District 87 Tennessee House, District 88 Tennessee House, District 90 Tennessee House, District 91 Tennessee House, District 93 Tennessee House, District 95 Tennessee House, District 96 Tennessee House, District 97 Tennessee House, District 98 Tennessee House, District 99

City of Bartlett:
BAR03-B, BAR04-B, BAR05-B, BAR06-B, BAR06-BS, BAR08-B, BAR09-B, BAR11-B, BAR13-B, BRU01-B, BRU02-B

Bartlett Alderman, Position 1 Bartlett Alderman, Position 2 Bartlett Alderman, Position 3
Bartlett School Board, Position 2 Bartlett School Board, Position 4
Bartlett Municipal Judge, Division 1
Bartlett Municipal Judge, Division 2

Town of Collierville:
COL01-C, COL02-C, COL03-C, COL04-C, COL05-C, COL06-C, COL07C, COL08-C, COL09-C, FOR01-C, FOR02-C, GER11-C

Collierville Alderman, Position 1, Collierville Alderman, Position 2 Collierville Alderman, Position 4
Collierville School Board, Position 2 Collierville School Board, Position 4

City of Germantown:
FOR01-G, GER02-G, GER03-G, GER03-GS, GER04-G, GER05-G, GER06-G, GER08-G, GER10-G, GER11-G, GER12-G

Germantown Alderman, Position 1 Germantown Alderman, Position 2
Germantown School Board, Position 2 Germantown School Board, Position 4

City of Lakeland:
ARL02-L, LAK01-L, LAK02-L, STE00-L

Lakeland School Board

City of Millington:
LUC01-M, LUC03-M, MIL01-M, MIL01-MS, MIL02-M

Millington Aldermen, Position 1 Millington Aldermen, Position 2 Millington Aldermen, Position 3 Millington Aldermen, Position 4
Millington School Board, Position 2 Millington School Board, Position 4 Millington School Board, Position 6

Voter Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 Early Voting: Wednesday, October 17–Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018

Early Voting Times and Locations

Sample Ballot With Republicans Highlighted in Red


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12 Oct

Norris Confirmed As Federal Judge

The majority leader of the Tennessee Senate has been confirmed as a federal judge by the U.S. Senate.

Republican state Sen. Mark Norris of Collierville was confirmed as a U.S. District Court judge for the Western District of Tennessee with a 51-44 vote Thursday evening.

Norris’ position in the Senate and his seat over Tennessee’s District 32 will be open as he’s expected to resign once President Donald Trump signs off on the confirmation. The Tennessean reports it’s not immediately clear how Norris’ seat will be filled

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander says in a statement he had recommended Norris to Trump.

The Senate also confirmed Nashville attorney Eli Richardson as a federal judge in Tennessee’s Middle District and U.S. Magistrate Judge Cliff Corker as one for the Eastern.

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07 Aug

Tom Leatherwood to be District 99 Candidate

After the untimely passing of Representative Ron Lollar, a special convention of the County Executive Committee chose Tom Leatherwood to represent the Republican Party on the November ballot.

This was a long and tedious process and we appreciate everyone who helped make the process as smooth as possible.

We continue to lift up the Lollar family in prayer as they continue to mourn the loss of Representative Lollar.

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30 Jul

Election Day

Election day is August 2. The polls will be open from 7 AM until 7 PM.

The fact is, 85% of Republican voters did not vote during Early Voting.  Because we are outnumbered anyway, we rely on a large number of crossover votes and what is traditionally larger Republican turnout.  This year, Republican turnout has been slim. There  are various reasons why but most Republicans surveyed said that uncertainty in the Gubernatorial election has them waiting until election day. If August 2nd arrives, and you have not decided on a candidate in the Governor’s race, please skip it and vote for your local Republican candidates.

This election is probably the most important in a decade. There are two distinct choices. We can continue conservative Republican leadership in nearly every county-wide office or we can turn left and undo 8 years of Republican accomplishments. Not the least of which is paying down nearly half of Shelby County’s $1.6 BILLION dollars of debt.

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29 Jul

Special Called Convention

There will be a special convention on Monday, August 6, at 6:00 PM at the RPSC Campaign Headquarters [714 N. Germantown Parkway #21, Cordova, TN 38018] to select the Republican nominee in Tenn. House Dist. 99.  Qualified individuals will be allowed to address the convention and should submit a resume to or by mail to [1779 Kirby Parkway #1-63, Memphis, TN 38138] & must be received no later than noon, Monday, Aug. 6.

General Provisions Governing Qualifications for Office:

The general qualifications of persons permitted to hold public office are set out in TCA § 8-18-101.  This section provides that all persons of the age of eighteen (18) years who are citizens of the United States and of this state, and have been inhabitants of the state, county, district, or circuit for the period required by the constitution and laws of the state, are qualified to hold office under the authority of this state except:

  1. Those who have been convicted of offering or giving a bribe, or of larceny, or any other offense declared infamous by law, unless restored to citizenship in the mode pointed out by law;
  2. Those against whom there is a judgment unpaid for any moneys received by them, in any official capacity, due to the United States, to this state, or any county thereof;
  3. Those who are defaulters to the treasury at the time of the election, and the election of any such person shall be void;
  4. Soldiers, seamen, marines, or airmen in the regular army or navy or air force of the United States; and
  5. Members of congress, and persons holding any office of profit or trust under any foreign power, other state of the union, or under the United States.

    For State Representative

  • Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101; and
  • Shall be a citizen of the United States, at least 21 years of age, and shall have resided 3 years in this State and 1 year in the county represented immediately preceding the election. (TN Constitution Article 2, Section 9)
  • Each district shall be represented by a qualified voter of that district. (TN Constitution Article 2, Section 5a)

    Must Meet the following Bona Fide Republican Standard

Section 1.
The following shall be Party membership requirements for candidacy to public office, and appointment to positions such as Election Commissions. The TRP hereby defines the term “bona fide Republican,” or the like, as:


Any individual who is actively involved in the Tennessee Republican Party, his County Republican Party, or any recognized auxiliary organization of either; and resides and is registered to vote in said county;
and either


Any individual who has voted in at least three (3) of the four (4) most recent Statewide Republican primary elections; or



Any individual who is vouched for in writing to the satisfaction of the State Chairman as a bona fide Republican, such as by an officer of the TRP, a member of the SEC, CEC of the County where the individual resides, or a Republican elected official. The State Chairman may require additional verification that the individual in question is indeed a bona fide Republican, and shall have final authority to make the determination.

The TRP and each CEC shall maintain a list of all recognized auxiliary organizations for the application of the foregoing  standards.

a. Each CEC shall submit an updated list of recognized auxiliary organizations prior to their biennial reorganization. The State Chairman has final authority on all approved auxiliary organizations.

“Actively involved in” in the foregoing section shall be defined as a quantifiable contribution including, but not limited to, time or money to Tennessee Republican Party, his County Republican Party, or any recognized auxiliary organization of either during the time period since the most recent County Republican Party reorganization (March 2017).

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