GOP to have virtual convention Saturday

Published 10:54 pm Wednesday, March 18, 2020

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The Stanly County Republican Party was to have its convention Saturday.

However, after President Trump’s request to have gatherings of 10 or less during the coronavirus situation, Chairman Mark T. Lowder sent a letter to Republicans Tuesday outlining new plans.

“The Central committee of the State Party has allowed us (and will assist) in holding a virtual convention,” Lowder wrote in his letter.

This teleconference will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Anyone wishing to be in consideration as a delegate is asked to email by 5 p.m. Thursday with name, address on voter registration card, email, phone number for the call-in, mailing address and whether they want to be a delegate or alternate.

Delegates and alternates must have been registered Republican in Stanly County on or before Jan. 31. An exception is allowed for anyone has moved to the county or turned 18 within the last 30 days.

“For all who respond, you will be contacted with a phone number to use and a log in code for the day of the convention,” Lowder wrote. “We will also forward you the slate of delegates to be voted on. This is the first time we (and the State) have used this method, but we now understand our District Convention will be held in the same manner. We will do everything to try to make this as easy as possible.”