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Party Call: 26th Senate District Republican Call to Mass Meeting

June 9, 2011

ED: Below is the official call to convention of the Republican Party of the 26th District of the Senate of Virginia. This call is issued in order to establish the nominating procedure that is widely expected to re-nominate Mark Obenshain for a third term. Note the pre-filing conditions below that state the convention is cancelled if only one candidate files. Additionally, note that this is a mass meeting, meaning that votes are not weighted by county and that anyone who shows may cast one vote, though the prcoedure is still governed by Robert’s Rules of Order. We will bring you updates on the procedure once filing has passed next week. We provide this to shine light on the process and to encourage you to participate in not just this but any nominating contest, Republican or Democratic. We have contacted the county Democrats regarding their procedures, and hope to hear back from them soon. 

CALL TO MASS MEETING OF THE 26th Senate District

As Chairman of the 26thSenate District Committee, pursuant to the Plan of Organization of the Republican Party of Virginia, and as recommended and directed by the 26th Senate District Committee at its meeting on Wednesday, June 1, 2011, I, Jeremy D. McCleary, do hereby issue this Call for a Mass Meeting.

1. Time, date, and location: The Mass Meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. on August 6, 2011 at Broadway High School 269 Gobbler Drive, Broadway, Virginia 22815-9483;

2. Purpose: The purpose of this Mass Meeting is to nominate a Republican candidate for the 26th Senate District

3. Candidate filing requirements: Candidates seeking the Republican nomination for the 26th

Senate District must prefile by submitting (1) a written declaration of candidacy and (2) a $700.00 candidate filing fee, by mail or in person to Jeremy D. McCleary, Chairman 26th Senate District of the Republican Party of Virginia, P.O. Box 389 Woodstock, Virginia 22664 by June 15th at 5:00 p.m. Postmarks will not govern. Said written declaration must contain the following information: name; address; phone number; and email address. Only those who properly prefile may stand for election at this Mass Meeting. In the event that only one person properly prefile for the position then he/she shall automatically be declared the Republican nominee for said office, the Mass Meeting will be cancelled, and the unexpended portion of filing fee shall be refunded to the candidate. No nominations shall be accepted from the floor of the Mass Meeting, unless no candidate properly prefiles for the position;

4. Participant Requirements: All legal and qualified voters of the 26th Senate District of Virginia, under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, who are in accord with the principles of the Republican Party and who, if requested to express in open meeting, either orally or in writing as may be required, their intent to support all of its nominees for public office in the ensuing election, may participate as members of the Republican Party of Virginia in the Mass Meeting. All individuals desiring to participate in the Mass Meeting may be required to present some form of identification such as a voter registration card, driver’s license, or other positive identification;

5. Questions: Any questions regarding this call or the nominating process shall be directed to Jeremy D. McCleary, 26th Senate District Chairman, at the following mailing address or telephone number: P.O. Box 389 Woodstock, Virginia 22664; 540.459.2444.

Paid for and authorized by the 26th Senate District Committee of the Republican Party of Virginia

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