As we see the Cobb RAs continue to grow in influence, it’s impressive to consider how many candidates from the three slates campaigning for Cobb GOP Executive Committee positions are a part of our membership.
15 of the 24 candidates running for executive committee positions in the Cobb GOP are approved Cobb GRA members, including Salleigh Grubbs, Pamela Alayon, Jeff Souther, Alicia Adams, Debbie Fisher (our chapter President), Eileen Alberstadt, Chase Sanger, Cameron Whiting, Fun Fong, Catherine Floam, Mario Russo, David Tulka, Cecilia Rodriguez, Audrey Neu, and Lily Deeb.
Each of these people have pledged to support and promote the principles of the Republican Assembly—and none of them have a reputation contrary to those principles. There are some other candidates, however, who’s past history is possibly contrary to the principles of the Republican Assembly.
The Cobb County Republican Assembly (Cobb RAs) completed the voting for its Electronic Endorsement Convention last Friday, April 2nd at 10pm. In honor of the Good Friday / Easter / Resurrection Sunday weekend, the Cobb RA board decided to wait to announce the results until today.
The Electronic Endorsement Convention was conducted after the completion of our Candidate Forum last Tuesday, providing participants with an education to make an informed decision. Here are some photos of that event (thanks to John Delves to taking many of these photos):
According to the bylaws of the Georgia Republican Assembly and of the Cobb chapter, candidates can only be endorsed by at least two-third majority of the participating RA membership. Members had three days to register and vote. Voters got to choose between four options: Lisa Adkins, Pamela Alayon, Salleigh Grubbs, or no endorsement at all.
Last night the Cobb County Republican Assembly (Cobb RAs) hosted a Candidate Forum featuring all three candidate for Cobb County GOP Chair and several of their slate officers. For a two-hour marathon the candidates answered 25 questions pre-submitted to the Cobb RA from various activists in the county. Lisa Adkins, Pamela Alayon, and Salleigh Grubbs answered most of the questions, as the chair candidates. The forum was moderated by the Cobb RA Chairman Nathaniel Darnell.
Next week all the candidates will be interviewed privately by the Cobb GOP Nominating Committee, but these video-recorded interviews will provide any delegates voting at the Cobb County GOP Convention an opportunity to vet the candidates themselves before deciding with slate or candidates to vote to elect as officers for the next two years.
Now you can watch the video on the Cobb RA YouTube Channel at the link below.
After the Candidate Forum, GRA members who are a part of the Cobb County chapter will have the opportunity to participate in the Cobb RA’s Electronic Endorsement Convention, which started last night at 9pm and runs until 10pm on Friday, April 2nd. If you desire to participate in the Electronic Endorsement Convention, please be sure to follow the instructions carefully as refunds will not be provided to those who pay but do not qualify to vote. As usual, in order for anyone to have a vote in the Electronic Endorsement Convention, they must first be an approved GRA member, and they must also pay their registration fee on the Electronic Endorsement Convention’s EventBrite page here. An endorsement of a local candidate can only happen if at least two-thirds of the participating Cobb RA members vote in favor of endorsing one of the candidates. Members always have the option to vote for “no endorsement.” We look forward to seeing what our membership decides!
Last weekend the Cobb County Republican Party held its Precinct Mass Meeting (PMM) a week ahead of when most other counties in Georgia will host theirs. Although the county has taken some hits just as the rest of the state in the recent elections, a new wave of activists showed up to pack-out the Hilton Marietta Conference Center ballroom where the event was being held.
The Cobb GOP Executive Committee that is about to conclude their term next month honored the retiring Chairman Jason Shepherd for his tireless service for the county over the last four years with a plaque and a few kind words. Shepherd’s election with the help the Cobb RAs marked an improvement in internal Cobb Republican politics in the aftermath of many problems created under predecessors such as Joe Dendy. Still, there is much more work that needs to be done to improve the county further.
528 possible delegates and alternates were nominated at the Cobb PMM to serve in the Cobb County Republican Party’s County Convention. Although that is not a record, it is better participation than Cobb has seen over over a decade.
The high attendance at the PMM this year is driven in no small part by the erupting concerns many have about the alleged voter fraud. Republicans in Georgia who have been busy with other aspects of their lives were motived to get involved more in local politics after witnessing the fiascos of the general election, the recount, and the runoff. Their presence is welcome as many existing volunteers have been suffering from burnout and are desperate for reinforcements.
This morning at the Cobb County GOP Breakfast, a third candidate added her name to the race for Cobb County GOP Chair; lifelong resident of Marietta, GA, a business leader and recent Cobb RA member, Salleigh Grubbs.
Salleigh joins a race that has two Republican women running for Chair, Pam Alayon and Dr. Lisa Adkins. Salleigh’s motivation to join the race came after witnessing the frustrating outcomes of the 2020 general election where Cobb County lost every seat and majority except for the School Board. Like many conservative patriots, Salleigh has expressed her fear for the direction that our Country and County is headed and Saturday morning she stated that we have a trust problem in the Republican Party. During her announcement Salleigh said, “What defines us are our principles, our Conservative principles,” which reiterates a message the Cobb RA has promoted for years!
According to her speech and press release, for the past 30 years Salleigh has proven her leadership skills as a successful business executive in the Chemical Coating Industry. She has been involved in Civic organizations and Politics throughout her adult life as a citizen advocate who defends our Constitution, promotes Republican values and the principles of smaller government, lower taxes and education. Salleigh’s civic involvement includes the following activities: current Treasurer of the Chemical Coaters Association of Georgia and the past president, former Voice of Democracy Judge for the Veterans of Foreign Wars and past member of the Marietta Middle School SGT. Since the 2020 Election Salleigh has been working every day to restore Republican principles, defend freedom and fight for election integrity in her county and state.
Salleigh announced that she was proud to have received several endorsements from notable politicos. The admired conservative former Cobb County Board of Commissioner Chairman, Bill Byrne said of her: “Cobb County is in dire need for strong and conservative party leadership to address the needs of the Republican Party and it is with a great deal of pleasure to support and endorse Salleigh Grubbs to lead the party into the future.”
Conservative Radio talk show host, John Fredrick’s told his listeners that Salleigh is doing exactly what needs to be done all across America; she is the perfect person that is needed to make the necessary changes in the Cobb County Republican Party. In a press release he also had this to say; “More conservative America First agenda citizens like Salleigh Grubbs need to step up and run for office – whether it is for the Republican Party, or local, state and national offices!” You can read more about Salleigh on her website https://rallywithsalleigh.com/.
Today the Cobb County Republican Assembly hosted another training session to equip a new wave of activists in how to navigate the Precinct Mass Meeting and County Convention. Although the training was primarily regarding Cobb, activists from neighboring counties also participating, including residents from Gwinnett, Fulton, and DeKalb.
The training was led by Cobb RA Chairman Nathaniel Darnell and GRA President Alex Johnson, and walked participants through the big picture of how the convention system works and proceeds and what is necessary to be most effective. Often, new activists are overwhelmed and confused about how the system works and feel like they don’t know what is going on around them when they get involved. This training was designed to clear much of that up and enable these new recruits to be aware and effective from day one.
Much of the time was also spent introducing participants to parliamentary procedure. GRA President Alex Johnson led the crowd in a mock-convention to help them get comfortable understanding the terms, order of business, and motions that would be used.
We appreciate the work of all our volunteers who helped to organize this event, provide food, and run registration. We especially thank our Cobb RA President Debbie Fisher, our Secretary Catherine Floam, our Treasurer Kerry Kee, and our member Mrs. Abigail Darnell for all the work they did to make things run smoothly.
The group was composed of mostly new faces, and each participant spoke in front of the group, introduced themselves, and explained what it was that motivated each of them to get more involved in Republican activism at this point in time. An overwhelming number of them expressed concern especially with the evidence of voter fraud and abuse they believe occurred in the elections last year.
Jessica Szilagyi is a journalist investigative reporter who was a Republican activist in Cobb County for a while, and now reports regularly for several newspapers and forums across the state, including The Georgia Virtue. She published an excellent article today critiquing how the Republican-controlled state legislature has approved and financed contracts with a private company to facilitate the promotion of traffic tickets as a means of “cash cow” revenue for local government.
She writes: “The placement of privately-owned speed detection cameras in cities across the state are helping municipalities generate revenue with no effort or investment while private businesses profit off of otherwise criminal traffic offenses.
“As the prevalence of these cameras grows, however, so does the scrutiny under which they fall.…
“The entire process is authorized under OCGA 40-14-18, which was approved via HB 978 in 2017. The law took effect on July 1, 2018.
The article entitled “Limits On Policing For Profit Circumvented In GA Cities With Outsourced Traffic Citations” focuses especially on how the law is being applied in the city of Stillmore in southeast Georgia. Apparently, the city gets its name because the officials think there’s “Still More” ways they can tax its citizens other than by the normal usual methods.
“In Stillmore, a small town in southeast Georgia’s Emanuel County, the private company RedSpeed – Georgia reached out about installing cameras in the school zone inside the 3.2 square mile city limits. The town’s population is a mere 530 people, but the city is home to David Emanuel Academy and Cryder Foods, which place exponentially more vehicles in town than would be traveling through otherwise. …
“RedSpeed’s contract is for a period of five years with an automatic one year renewal after year five, up to five times. The contract allocates 67% of the fines collected to the City of Stillmore and RedSpeed retains 33%, plus any service fees. An additional 2% service fee for each violation is paid for a License Plate Reader. RedSpeed keeps video data for 25 days unless asked by the governing bodies to keep the footage longer. …
“According to public records obtained by The Georgia Virtue, since September 2020, a total of 564 violations have been paid due to the camera installations, resulting in $42,525 fines collected and $27,641.25 paid to the city. It is not clear how many violations were issued but had not yet been paid, nor does RedSpeed report to the city how many violations resulted in a lien.”
“RedSpeed Georgia, LLC was incorporated in September 2018 – three months after the legislation took effect in Georgia. Since November 2020, a total of $48,500 has been donated to representatives, senators, the Governor, Lt. Governor, and a Public Service Commissioner. …
Read more about what Jessica un-covered and exposed in her investigation on this subject in her full article “Limits On Policing For Profit Circumvented In GA Cities With Outsourced Traffic Citations,” which you can see here.
Practically everyone who remembers the impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton from 1998 remembers what the charges where against him. However, it’s been less than a year since President Donald Trump was first acquitted in an impeachment proceeding Democrats led against him, and hardly anyone can remember what Trump was impeached for!
That’s because in the past Congress had some sense of the gravity involved in making an impeachment charge against an elected official. Now Democrats are simply showing how with a simple majority you can impeach or sanction anyone you want—regardless of how ridiculous and strained the charges may be!
Their willingness to exercise arbitrary majority power illustrates the wisdom of our founding fathers in making us a republic rather than a democracy. In a democracy, the temporary 51% can reap whatever havoc they arbitrarily want over the 49% but in a republic the majority has checks and balances.
These last couple of weeks the Democrats’ arbitrary power was on full display has they led unconstitutional impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump even though he is no longer serving as President. The bitter partisanship of the strained charges compelled Georgia Congresswoman Majorie Taylor Greene (R-14) to file a bill likewise calling for the impeachment of recently sworn-in Democrat President Joe Biden due to the evidence that he leveraged his federal government connections with Ukraine to win his son Hunter favorable business.
Her bill so infuriated Democrats—who aren’t used to Republicans giving them such a taste of their own medicine—that they also brought up arbitrary charges against Congressswoman Greene in order to remove her from her committee assignments! Even people who do not agree with many things President Trump and Congresswoman Greene have communicated on social media can see what these proceedings were really about.
The real reason Marjorie’s received so much scrutiny and flack is because she is taking the fight to the enemy. Republicans have never harassed radical leftists such as “AOC+3” like this for the kinds of extreme and wild things they’ve said or done to the point of talking about “expelling” them. The Democrats are trying to use Marjorie as an example to intimidate all Republicans so they’ll stay nice little docile creatures and let the Democrats get away with anything they want for the next two years.
Let the record show, however, that we want more Republicans who will take the fight to the Democrats over the next two years.
This morning at the Cobb GOP Headquarters for the monthly breakfast, two activists announced their intention to run for Cobb GOP Chairman to replace Jason Shepherd as his term is about to end mid-April: Pam Alayon and Lisa Adkins. Both have been active in the Cobb County Republican Party for years. Dr. Lisa Adkins has been a leading volunteer in the Cobb YRs for years, and currently serves as the Vice Chair of the 11th District GOP organization. She made a soft announcement several days ago on social media, and publicly presented her candidacy at the conclusion of today’s breakfast meeting. Lisa is running on a motto to “modernize and revitalize” the Cobb Republican Party.
Prior to that during the breakfast this morning, activist Jeff Souther (who formerly served on the Executive Committee for the Cobb RAs) sponsored the announcement from Pam Alayon that she would also be running. Pam has been serving as the Vice Chair of Membership in the Cobb County Republican Party under Jason Shepherd, and serves on the Diversity Board of the National Federation of Republican Women. Pam announced her proposed slate of executive officers that would be campaigning with her:
Chairman – Pamela Alayon
First Vice-Chair – Jean Young
Vice-Chair of Party and Grassroots Development – Dr. Fun Fong
Vice-Chair of Communications and Information – Jeff Souther
Vice-Chair of Membership – Mario Russo
Secretary – Catherine Floam
Treasurer – Dave Tolka
Former Georgia Republican Party Chair Sue Everhart from Cobb spoke expressing her endorsement of Pam Alayon as well. Alayon announced that her candidacy represents a more collaborative leadership style than many other chairs have applied in the past. She indicated that her slate of executive officers would be empowered to lead the organization more, that she would not be micro-managing or top heavy as has been done in the past, but would equip experts in different fields and delegate to them.
Lisa Adkins said her candidacy would seek to bring groups together and return us to our roots and values. Both candidates spoke about reaching out to segments in the community that have been overlooked in the past.
Speculation continues as to whether any third person would be announcing his or her intentions to join this race.
In the past, the Cobb County Republican Assembly has hosted candidate forums to give candidates in local races an opportunity to represent themselves to the activists who would be voting in the county convention to elect them. Expect the Cobb RAs to announce a similar forum in the weeks ahead. After forums, members of the Cobb RAs have the opportunity to endorse a candidate by a two-thirds majority, if they so choose.
Today we have a bittersweet announcement: Jeff Souther has been not only an amazing activist member of the Cobb RAs for the last several years, but also one of our key executive officers. Most recently, he has been serving as the Secretary of the Cobb RAs. But now Jeff has to step down to prepare for some new things in his life. He will continue to be a valued and appreciated member and activist. We know that all who have had the pleasure of working with Jeff have been grateful for him.
However, we are pleased to announce that the Cobb RA Executive Committee has elected Catherine Floam to fill in his role as Secretary moving forward. Catherine has a passionate vision for improving the Republican cause in Georgia. Formerly, she served as an officer of the Greater McLean Republican Women’s Club in Northern Virginia and as a volunteer for a number of campaigns and recently as a monitor and poll watcher for the 2020 recounts and senate runoff. Catherine also worked as the director of production for two political consulting and direct mail firms in Washington DC and as an HOA Vice-President. She currently is launching a small business and managing a rental property.
Catherine holds a BA from Loyola University Maryland. She has three children—a son who is a West Point grad and an officer in South Korea; another son who works in the film industry in Atlanta; and an 18-year-old daughter. Catherine enjoys reading, cooking, entertaining, playing tennis and meeting new people. Catherine and her husband, Andy, live in Marietta and attend StoneBridge Church.
Andy is on the bar in Georgia and Maryland and is a partner of a law firm based out of Maryland practicing patent law. Catherine’s oldest son is a West Point graduate and currently an officer in the Army serving in South Korea; her middle son works in the Atlanta film industry and lives in Smyrna; and her youngest daughter is a senior in high school with a customized hybrid homeschool education.They reside in Marietta in West Cobb.
We hope you’ll join us in welcoming and congratulating Catherine in the new role!