November Newsletter

Greetings Fellow Republicans,

Happy Fall!

CONGRESSIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT
The 2024 election cycle is upon us. Dwayne “Duke” Buckner has officially announced his run for U.S. Congress in South Carolina’s 6th Congressional District.  Duke spoke briefly at our October meeting where he was greeted with cheers and monetary support.  Jasper County came through for Duke in 2022, and we’ll work to ensure he does even better this time.  He will be invited and welcomed in Jasper anytime, but he explained that he will spend most of his time and attention on the three big population centers – Charleston, Orangeburg and Columbia (the I-26 Corridor).  If he can win those, he’ll send Jim Clyburn packing!

SEATS NEED FILLING
2022 was just the beginning.  Locally, there are many seats that need to be flipped in ’24:  State Senate District 45 (Margie Bright-Matthews);  County Council -Hardeeville/Levy (Barbara Clark) & Pocotaligo (Alvin Adkins) Districts;  Sheriff (Donald Hipp);  Coroner (Willie Aiken);  Clerk of Court (Margaret Bostick); School District (odd numbers).

We also need to support our Republican officials for re-election: State Senator Tom Davis (SD 46);  Representatives Bill Hager (HD122), Weston Newton (HD 120) & Jeff Bradley (HD 123);  County Councilman John Kemp (At Large);  Solicitor Duffie Stone (14th Circuit).

POLL WORKERS NEEDED!
We need Republicans to step up and work as poll managers this election season.  Applicants go through a 3-hour training to become managers and are paid ($235) to work the full day (14 hours) on Election Day.  Knowing there is coverage in every precinct helps alleviate the need for poll watchers (although they are welcomed also).  Our military and first responders dedicate their lives to protecting our freedoms and our way of life.  Please consider this one very long day as your civic contribution to ensure our freedoms continue. 
Please email me at: kwyldk@gmail.com if you would like to receive a Poll Manager Application.

TOM DAVIS CLARIFICATION
During Diane Hardy’s ESG presentation at our last meeting, Sen. Tom Davis was reported to have attended a forum at Furman University that gave the impression that he supports ESG (environmental, social & corporate governance).  This was incorrect.  Sen. Davis wishes to set the record straight.  He participated in a panel discussion concerning potential reforms to the state’s energy production model and his Energy Freedom Act legislation.  He did not participate in any ESG discussions and does not support ESG.  He wrote a rebuttal to the Fitsnews article (Oct. 30, 2022) which Ms. Hardy cited in her presentation.  There may occasionally be an issue that we may disagree on with our elected representatives, but this isn’t one of them.  (https://www.fitsnews.com/2022/10/30/tom-davis-responding-to-strange-bedfellows-criticism)

SUPPORT THE JASPER COUNTY TREASURER
Michael Skinner has been hard at work as the new Jasper County Treasurer.  He is trying to bring the Treasurer’s Office into the 21st century.  One audit has been done that has raised questions and will require further investigation to recover taxpayer funds.  Michael’s request for funding for this deeper audit was denied at the last County Council meeting.  He will ask for this funding again at the next Council meeting this Monday, November 6th in the Council Chambers in Ridgeland at 6:30pm.  Please come to this meeting and show your support for accuracy and transparency in Jasper County finances.

UPCOMING MEETINGS
Tuesday, November 14th at First Baptist Church of Hardeeville – Chairman Marty Sauls will give us an update on Jasper County business.  Come hear what’s happening, ask your questions, and share your ideas or concerns.  SCGOP 1st Vice Chair Cindy Risher will also be here to tell us about some upcoming events.  Doors open for social time at 6:00pm.  The meeting begins at 6:30.  Refreshments and desserts will be available.  I’m looking for some people to bring some delicious desserts.  Please call or text me if you can help (518)423-9910.

Tuesday, December 12th at First Baptist Church of Hardeeville – SC State Election Commission Executive Director Howard Knapp will be here to address SC election laws and procedures. Also in attendance will be Jasper County Election Board Executive Director Jeanine Bostick.  Together they should be able to answer/address every question we may have about election integrity and procedure.

Grab a like-minded friend and plan to attend our general meeting on Tuesday, November 14th in Hardeeville. I look forward to seeing you there.

Karen Wyld

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