Shelby County Republican Party (Alabama)

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The Shelby County Republican Party (As governed by the Republican Executive Committee of Shelby County, Alabama)
aka Shelby County GOP
Chairman Joan Reynolds
Vice Chairman Luke Marshall
Secretary Jason Deluca
Treasurer Lisa Byars
Communications Director Laura Joseph
Immediate Past Chairman Freddy Ard
Headquarters

1920 Valleydale Road Suite 154 Hoover, Alabama 35244

(205) 994-6497
Newspaper The Shelby Delegate (Quartley On-Line Newsmagazine)
Student wing College Republicans
Youth wing Greater Birmingham Teenage Republicans [33]
Ideology Conservatism
Parent Organization Alabama Republican Party [34]
Affiliate Organization Republican Women of Shelby County (RWSC) [35]
Affiliate Organization Young Republican Federation of Shelby County, Alabama [36]
Website
http://shelbycountygop.com/

The Shelby County Republican Party (Alabama) is the organization governing the Republican Party in Shelby County, Alabama.

Dominant political party of Shelby County[edit]

The Shelby County Republican Party has dominated politics in Alabama's fastest growing county[1] since 1986, is widely recognized as the “most Republican” county in the state, and ranks as one of the top conservative-friendly counties in America.[2] Further evidence of the strength of the Republican party in the county is a 2014 article in USA Today.[3] The article cited a feature of the website Livability.com, which listed the Shelby County city of Alabaster, Alabama as America's "#1 best city for conservatives".

At the conclusion of the general election cycle of 2010,[4] and as expanded with the general election of November 2014, of the thirty-eight (38) elected officials with either residency or jurisdiction (or both) in Shelby County, all are Republicans. This number excludes municipal elected officials, which are elected on a non-partisan basis. Nevertheless, several mayors and city council members among the various municipalities identify themselves as Republicans.

Organization and Governance[edit]

The Shelby County Republican Party is one of the 67 county affiliates of the Alabama Republican Party. The county party organization is governed by the Shelby County Republican Executive Committee. Its members are selected in the Republican Primary election once every four years, coinciding with the election of constitutional officers[5] and legislators, with the most recent election cycle being in 2010. The Shelby County Republican Executive Committee is responsible for electing the County Chairman and all other officers, including Vice-Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer, who run the day-to-day operations of the party. All serve on a volunteer basis, without compensation. Additionally, the officers comprise the Steering Committee, and are joined by four (4) Directors (Finance Director, Research Director, Publicity Director, and Training Director), each appointed by the chairman, and nine (9) Zone Directors, each elected by caucus of the Executive Committee members from each respective zone, and a Legal Counsel/Parliamentarian, also appointed by the chair.[6]

For the 2010-2014 term, places on the Executive Committee are described in the following table:

COMPOSITION OF PLACES 2014-2018 TERM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE[7]
Category of Places # of Places
TOTAL PLACES, BY PRECINCT 73
TOTAL AT-LARGE PLACES 60
TOTAL ALL PLACES (ELECTED) 133
CHAIRMAN APPOINTED (NON ELECTED) 5
GRAND TOTAL, ALL PLACES 138

Representation to Alabama Republican Party[edit]

By virtue of the By Laws[8] of the Alabama Republican Party, Shelby County is entitled to eight (8) regular places on the Alabama Republican Executive Committee, along with five (5) bonus members on the Alabama Republican Executive Committee. As with all 67 counties, the county chairman also, by virtue of that office, holds one (1) place on the Alabama Republican Executive Committee.

Recent history[edit]

Presently in Shelby County, Republicans hold office in all eleven legislative seats in the Alabama Legislature with jurisdiction within the county. This includes four Alabama Senate seats and seven seats in the Alabama House of Representatives. Republicans hold office as Probate Judge, Sheriff, Property Tax Commissioner, Superintendent of Education, and Coroner. All nine seats on the Shelby County Commission, and all five seats on the Shelby County Board of Education, are held by Republicans. In the 18th Judicial Circuit, which comprises solely Shelby County, all four Circuit Judges and both District Judges are Republicans, as are the District Attorney and Circuit Clerk. Additionally, serving in statewide office with residence in Shelby County are the Secretary of State and Judge on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. Robert J. Bentley, the current Governor of Alabama, is a native of Shelby County. Shelby County is part of Alabama's 6th congressional district, and thus the county is represented by a Republican in the United States House of Representatives and, furthermore, both of Alabama's members of the United States Senate are Republicans. Alabama State Board of Education District 3 and District 6 include Shelby County, and both seats are held by Republicans.

Alabama's 6th congressional district[edit]

Shelby County comprises 28.3% of the registered voters residing in Alabama's 6th congressional district, contributing heavily to “the Reddest District in the Country” [9] label. As determined by Cook Political Report,[10] Alabama's 6th District ranks in fifth place of the most solidly-Republican congressional districts in the country with a rating of R+28.

Elected Officials[edit]

The following Republican elected officials are those with either jurisdiction, residency, or both, in Shelby County:[11]

GOVERNMENTAL BODY OFFICE HOLDER OFFICE DISTRICT/PLACE
Alabama State Senate:[12]
Jim McClendon [13] Senator 11
Cam Ward [14] Senator 14
Slade Blackwell [15] Senator 15
Jabo Waggoner [16] Senator 16
Alabama House of Representatives:[17]
Allen Farley [18] State Representative 15
Mike Hill [19] State Representative 41
Arnold Mooney [20] State Representative 43
Dickie Drake [21] State Representative 45
April Weaver [22] State Representative 49
Jim Carns [23] State Representative 48
Matt Fridy [24] State Representative 73
Sheriff[25]
John Samaniego Sheriff
Shelby County Board of Education[26]
Randy Fuller Superintendent
Peg Hill Member, Board of Education
Jimmy Bice Member, Board of Education
Kevin Morris Member, Board of Education
Aubrey Miller Member, Board of Education
Jane Hampton Member, Board of Education
Shelby County Property Tax Commissioner[27]
Don Armstrong Property Tax Commissioner
Shelby County Commission[28]
Corley Ellis County Commissioner 1
Tommy Edwards County Commissioner 2
Jon Parker County Commissioner 3
Dan Acker County Commissioner 4
Elwyn Bearden County Commissioner 5
Mike Vest County Commissioner 6
Lindsey Allison County Commissioner 7
Rick Shepherd County Commissioner 8
Robbie Hayes County Commissioner 9
Probate Office[29]
Jim Fuhrmeister Probate Judge
Coroner[30]
Diana Steele New Coroner
18th Judicial Circuit[31]
Hewitt Conwell Circuit Judge, Presiding
Bill Bostick Circuit Judge
Corey B. Moore Circuit Judge
G. Daniel Reeves Circuit Judge
Danny Crowson District Judge
Jim Kramer District Judge
Jill Lee[32] District Attorney
Mary Harris Circuit Clerk

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Welcome to Shelby County, Alabama
  2. ^ [2] Palko, Chris; "America’s Top 20 Conservative-friendly Counties", The Daily Caller, Published: 2:05 AM 03/19/2010; Updated: 5:46 PM 04/26/2011
  3. ^ [3] Camia, Catalina; "The best cities for liberals and conservatives", USA TODAY, Published: 2:38 p.m. EDT October 20, 2014
  4. ^ [4] Barnes, Fred; "Crimson Tide: Alabama goes very, very red.", The Weekly Standard, Nov 22, 2010, Vol. 16, No. 10
  5. ^ [5], Alabama Department of Archives and History Website; Alabama Constitutional Officers.
  6. ^ [6], Shelby County GOP Website]; About: Documents: Shelby County Republican Executive Committee By-Laws, Latest Revision.
  7. ^ [7], Shelby County GOP Website; About: Documents: Executive Committee Places 2010-2014 Term
  8. ^ [8], ALGOP Current Bylaws/Resolutions;
  9. ^ [9] Hillyer, Quinn; "Update on ‘the Reddest District in the Country’", National Review Online, Published: May 23, 2014 11:13 AM
  10. ^ [10]"2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR AUGUST 1, 2014", Cook Political Report, August 1, 2014
  11. ^ [11], Shelby County GOP Website; About: Shelby County Republican Elected Officials
  12. ^ [12] Alabama State Senate
  13. ^ [13] SENATOR MCCLENDON, JIM
  14. ^ [14] SENATOR WARD, CAM
  15. ^ [15] SENATOR BLACKWELL, MARK SLADE
  16. ^ [16] SENATOR WAGGONER, J. T. JABO
  17. ^ [17] Alabama House of Representatives
  18. ^ [18] REPRESENTATIVE FARLEY, ALLEN
  19. ^ [19] REPRESENTATIVE HILL, MIKE
  20. ^ [20] REPRESENTATIVE MOONEY, ARNOLD
  21. ^ [21] REPRESENTATIVE DRAKE, DICKIE
  22. ^ [22] REPRESENTATIVE WEAVER, APRIL
  23. ^ [23] REPRESENTATIVE CARNS, JIM
  24. ^ [24] REPRESENTATIVE FRIDY, MATT
  25. ^ [25] Shelby County Sheriff
  26. ^ [26] Shelby County School Board Members
  27. ^ [27] Property Tax Commissioner
  28. ^ [28] County Commissioners
  29. ^ [29] Probate Court
  30. ^ [30] Coroner’s Office
  31. ^ [31] 18th Judicial Circuit Directory
  32. ^ [32] Shelby County Alabama District Attorney

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