Update 4/2: Changed "Weems" to "Woodbridge".
I just returned from the post-election party for Tom Kopko, after attending the Prince William County Republican Party convention (All members of the committee were invited to the party).
This is a report I mostly typed during the meeting, with some post-convention editing.
The meeting started relatively promptly at around 10:15 am, after an orderly check-in process. 177 people eligible showed up for the meeting:
- Brentsville - 63
- Coles - 20
- Dumfries - 17
- Gainesville - 35
- Neabsco - 11
- Occoquan - 26
- Woodbridge - 5
The 10th district delegate election was uneventful. The reading of the names was waived, and the entire delegation was approved. Heidi Stirrup gave a good speech outlining why she felt she should be chosen. I'll have more details on that speech tomorrow night (I have to finish this and fly to a cub scout camping trip).
When the names for the PWC committee membership were presented, a motion to waive the reading was made, but Jim Young objected. A show of hands found the convention split closely enough that a counting by district would have been necessary, and since that would take longer than simply reading the names, the names were read.
This was a good thing, as it was found that the people who had not paid were incorrectly left off the list. Some may remember that happened two years ago and led to some bad feelings at the next regular meeting.
The committee membership vote was therefore tabled.
This led to the nominating speeches for the county chairmanship. Tom Kopko went first (determined by coin flip, don't know who won or lost the toss). Tom was nominated by Karen Ulrich, who is his pick for the VP, and then there were speeches by Corey Stewart and Jeff Frederick. I'll post some details of their speeches later if I get the time.
Tom finally took the stage with his family, and his wife made a short speech. Then Tom finished up with a couple minutes re-iterating his campaign pledges and asking for our votes. He spoke for about 1 1/2 minutes.
Then it was Brian's turn. Brian was nominated by Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, who appealed for continuity and experience going into the next election cycle. Brian followed him, and gave about a 6 1/2 minute speech.
Desi Arnaiz then explained the voting procedure, and we were off to the cafeteria to stand in line to vote.
When we were called back to the room, Brian Murphy took the podium and announced that he had lost by 40 votes. That was the only official mention of the election result -- I'm told Brian intended to call for a vote by acclaimation, but did not (I believe just because he forgot), but that was why the elections committee did not come to announce the results.
Tom then took the podium. He thanked Brian for a clean campaign, and for his years of service as chairman of the committee, I may post more about the speeches later.
There was then a motion to reconsider the 10th district vote, simply to get the names read because there was questions about whether anybody was missing.
We then got back to the PWC committee membership. After the list was corrected, no objection was heard to the list.
The 10th district list also had some problems, so it was read. Again an error was found that was easily corrected, and the revised list passed easily.
Last on the agenda was 5 resolutions.
Resolutions 1,3, and 4 were put together and voted on en-blanc:
- 1. PARENTAL CHILD CARING RIGHTS
- 4. OPPOSING NEW TAXES
- 5. SUPPORT OF THE MARRIAGE AMENDMENT
These passed easily.
We had discussions on the other two, but both passed.Resolution 2 "INCREASES IN REAL ESTATE PROPERTY TAXES" urged the county to limit the total rate of increase in property bills to an average of the rate of inflation for the Baltimore/Washington Region. We had some confusion on the floor as to what the resolution did, one thinking that we couldn’t change assessments.
Some did vote no, but it overwhelming passed.
Resolution 3 dealt with a development in Brentsville: "CONCERNING PROPOSED BRENTSWOOD DEVELOPMENT PROJECT". Some didn’t want to tell their supervisors how to vote. A lot of people wanted to talk about this one. I even rose in opposition to the amendment because I didn’t think it was a "republican" issue. I probably don’t support the development, but don’t see why a republican committee should be taking a position on the issue.
Anyway, the vote was only slighly closer than the others, passing easily.
We then adjourned.
I have pictures and audio, and even bad movies of the two candidate speeches (not the supporter speeches). I have to go to a camping trip and will be offline until tomorrow afternoon, then I will try to find a place to post the stuff and reference it here.
UPDATE: Virginia Virtucon has their initial post up here, and TooConservative's is here.