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Washington County GOP to reorganize

From Staff Reports • Mar 27, 2019 at 6:06 PM

The Washington County Republican Party will meet at the Jonesborough Senior Center on April 6 to elect new officers.

Registration for the reorganization begins at 9 a.m., with the meeting to start at 9:30 a.m.

The party delegates will be select GOP leadership positions including chair, first vice-chair, second vice-chair, secretary, treasurer and vice-treasurer. All are elected to two-year terms.

Any Washington County Republican who has voted in three of the past four statewide Republican primaries may run for a officer’s position. Any Washington County Republican may be elected as a voting delegate if they have voted in two of the last four primaries. The delegates and alternates are selected first and then the leadership is chosen.

At least two candidates have declared for the county party’s top leadership position. One is the current chairman, Dr. W. Turney Williams, who has presided during the past two years.

“While the county GOP has had a successful two years, with a huge turnout for President Trump’s visit and the overwhelming support for now-Sen. Marsha Blackburn, there is certainly a lot more to do,” he said. “A presidential election and an open Senate seat will require significant efforts in 2020. We have an excellent leadership team who warrant re-election to continue our progress.”

Williams is a practicing anesthesiologist who has been involved in Republican politics for 30 years. He has also served as a board member and volunteer with the Washington County Humane Society.

“As with any organization, unity and continuity allow the organization to be more effective,” he said. “Reorganization allows the County Republicans to confirm their approval of one’s efforts or suggest changes if required.”

Dan Pohlgeers, a political activist and local business owner, has also announced his candidacy for chair of the Washington County Republican Party. Pohlgeers is a Kentucky native who has called East Tennessee home for two decades.

He is an occupational therapist/certified hand specialist and owner and president of Sunesis Medical in Johnson City.

He graduated from Eastern Kentucky University and later earned his MBA from Milligan College.

Pohlgeers is the President of Tennesseans for Life and volunteers to serve on several local boards, including Frontier Health, the Johnson City/Washington County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee and the COPA Local Advisory Board.

“It is my vision to build a stronger Republican County Party,” he said. “We cannot allow past differences to influence our future. For us to be successful, we need to work together on our common goals.”

As chairman of the party, Pohlgeers said he would hold regular meetings, invite legislators to speak to the group and increase community presence through local events.

“We are ultimately in this together and together we can achieve much more success than working separately,” he said. “I pledge to act justly and walk humbly and to be a servant leader.”

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