Watauga County Update
March 13th, 2013
Annual County Convention and Precinct Meetings
The Watauga County Republican Convention will be Saturday, March 16th, at the Watauga County Court House, 842 West King Street. Registration will start at 9am and will close at 10am. Annual Precinct meetings will begin at 10am with the County Convention to follow. Light refreshments will be served from 9-9:50am. All registered Republicans are encouraged to attend. The snow date will be Saturday March 23rd, same times and place.
The Executive Committee unanimously approved the following slate of officer candidates submitted by the Nominating Committee:
ANNE MARIE YATES : CHAIRWOMAN
A native and lifetime resident of Watauga County, Anne Marie attended Hardin Park Elementary, graduated from Watauga High School and earned a BS in Accounting from Appalachian State University. She has been married to Perry Yates for 28 years and has five children. Anne Marie has attended Greenway Baptist Church since 1971. She served on the NC State Daycare Committee from 1987-1991 after being appointed by Rep. Gene Wilson. Anne Marie has also served on the Watauga Education Foundation from 2005-2011 and is President of the BLGA. She was the office manager/accountant for Appalachian Architecture and is currently the owner of Yates Travel, P&A Investments, and HCL Investments. Anne Marie has been a Watauga County Republican for 28 years and actively involved.
VICTORIA SMITH : VICE- CHAIRWOMAN
Victoria Smith has been dedicated to the Republican Party’s mission since 1976 when she worked on Ronald Reagan’s Presidential Campaign in San Diego. At San Diego State University she was deeply involved in the College Republicans while attending nursing school. Victoria arrived in North Carolina in 1992 and hit the ground running for the GOP in Charlotte. The Charlotte Mecklenburg Republican Women benefited from Victoria’s leadership with her serving on the board as President, Vice President and Campaigns/Political advisor for 19 years. She has worked tirelessly as campaign manager for many Republican candidates since 1995 including Mayor Pat McCrory for all of his Mayoral campaigns, NC Senator Bob Rucho, NC Senator Dan Soucek, NC House Rep. Jonathan Jordan, as well as judicial, county commission, city council and referendums – 16 successful campaigns in all. In 2008 Victoria was a “Tribute to Women” Honoree by the North Carolina Federation of Republican Women - an honor given to women who are “Making a Difference” in the Republican Party. Little known fact: Former Secretary of State George Shultz (in the Reagan administration) is Victoria’s brother-in-law.
ADRIAN de KEYZER: TREASURER
Adrian grew up in Marietta, GA and attended Appalachian State University. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree, double majoring in Finance & Banking and Risk Management & Insurance. Adrian currently works as a personal banker at Wells Fargo and is a co-owner of the local franchise of Curves. Last fall he became engaged and will marry his fianceé Stephanie in August. Adrian is an Eagle Scout and enjoys many outdoor activities the High Country offers.
MYRA SCOGGINS : SECRETARY
Myra has lived in Blowing Rock since 1970. She is on the Blowing Rock Appearance and Advisory Commission and Blowing Rock C.A.R.E.S. board. Myra is concerned with the lack of good employment opportunities in the county. She feels the Boone Town Council stands in the way of progress for the county. Myra believes Boone needs a broader tax base which helps the county as a whole. She hopes to help find good Conservative candidates to run for the Boone Town Council. Myra believes people with business experience are a must for the future of our county.
5th District Convention
The 5th Congressional District annual convention will be April 6th, at the Wilkes County Courthouse. Registration will be from 9:00-10:00am. Per prior years, there will be a $5 fee at registration. If you are interested in attending as a delegate you must attend our County Convention and sign up as a delegate.
Message From the Outgoing Chair
I would like to thank all those that have volunteered their time and/or money over the last two years. It has been a true privilege to have worked with so many patriots. I am so very grateful for the hard work and support of the Executive Committee members and Republicans throughout the county. I would like to thank each Republican candidate for their willingness to run for office. I appreciate the sacrifices our Republican elected official make in order to represent us. We can never thank our Veterans enough, please remember to do so every chance you get. I look forward to remaining involved over the coming years to ensure that we have less taxation, less regulation, and a less burdensome government at all levels. Vote Republican and Fly Your Flag!