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A Message from The Chairman

Dear Fellow GOP Voters:

Thank You to everyone that has shown the confidence to elect me as the Chairman of the Roane County Republican Party. It is a great honor for me to be selected for this position. I hope that I will make everyone proud of my efforts to move our county and the party forward during this time of great difficulty. I promise that I will stay focused on the goals that I set for our party and the ones that our members recommend.

Moving Ahead I understand that many people are disappointed in the election but quitting the Republican Party or dropping out and not voting is not the answer. We must remain strong and support our elected officials while working to get more conservatives elected. This is the only way to change the direction this country is moving. I refuse to relive the events that got us to this point, my goal is to move beyond that and help elect people with conservative values. I hope to do this with a simple four-step plan.

1. Membership Drive I will plan events all year to bring more people into our conservative family. My focus will be in all the communities in the county. Not only events that the cities plan but events the Roane County Republican Party will plan. I have a few ideas and will be more than willing to listen to yours.

2. Fund Raising Yes, it is a dirty word but to accomplish our goals we need money. We all know money cannot buy love or happiness, but it can make things easier. I will be planning fund raising for all the membership drives.

3. Communication We need to be guiding our representatives to help them understand what the people of Roane County want. But we cannot do this if we do not know what they are voting on. At each meeting I will have copies of the Bills they are working on and where they are in that process. Quarterly I will attempt to get a speaker on one of the bills in session at the state or local level. The Vice Chairwomen and I will establish a regular monthly meeting before the end of this month and ensure that it is published on our website at roanegop.com, in the Roane County News and the Chamber of Commerce.

4. Helping our representatives is the most important thing we can do as citizens in my opinion. We can get nothing done if we do not have conservatives in office. This goes directly to fund raising and guiding our representatives. If we wish to maintain the freedoms, we must work together to accomplish the goals we set.

Henry Redmond Chairman, Roane County Republican Party

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The Kingston Community Center at 201 Patton Ferry Rd., Room D in Kingston, TN
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Roane County Republican Party

2023 Meeting Schedule

RCGOP meets the 3rd Monday each month at 6:30 p.m.

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Roane County Republican Party Officers 2022-23

Henry Redmond

Marilyn Calfee
Vice Chair

Tara Carter

Vice Treasurer


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We Are Republicans


We are Republicans; “the party of life, both of unborn babies and the elderly.”

We are Republicans; “we oppose the use of public funds to perform or promote abortion.”

We are Republicans; we support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of human life.”

We are Republicans; “we support the right of parents to consent to medical treatment for their minor children.”

We are Republicans; “we reaffirm the moral obligation to be good stewards of the God-given natural beauty and resources of our country.”

We are Republicans; we “are deeply committed to marriage between one man and one woman, thus ruling out gay and lesbian marriage and polyamory.”

We are Republicans; we “do not believe that Title IX applies to sexual orientation.”

We are Republicans; we “salute the several states which have filed suit against the move to open restrooms, locker rooms, and other facilities based on sexual orientation instead of birth sex.”

We are Republicans; we “respect the rights of conscience of healthcare professionals.”

We are Republicans; we believe “the Bill of Rights lists religious liberty, with its rights of conscience, as the first freedom to be protected.”

We are Republicans; “we strongly support the freedom of Americans to act in accordance with their religious beliefs.”

We are Republicans; we believe that “government cannot create prosperity, though government can limit or destroy it.”

We are Republicans; “we oppose tax policies that deliberately divide Americans or promote class welfare.”

We are Republicans; “our goal is to ensure that all Americans have improved access to affordable, high-quality healthcare.”

We are Republicans; we believe “America’s immigration policy must serve the national interest of the United States, and the interests of American workers.”

We are Republicans; we believe that “parents are a child’s first and foremost educators and have primary responsibility for the education of their children.”

We are Republicans; “we uphold the right of individuals to keep and bear arms, a right secured by the Second Amendment.”

We are Republicans; we believe we should maintain “the strongest military on earth.”

We are Republicans; we desire a smaller government funded by less money, a free market economy, freedom of religion and freedom of speech. We don’t see everyone as a victim, but as people created by God with a specific gender. We don’t support the cancel culture, and we value life.

We are Republicans—not perfect, but solid in values. Let’s work hard to preserve our party. God bless America, and God bless the Republican Party!

The History of the Republican Party

From the Republican National Committee

The People’s Party

It all started with people who opposed slavery. They were common, everyday people who bristled at the notion that men had any right to oppress their fellow man. In the early 1850’s, these anti-slavery activists found commonality with rugged individuals looking to settle in western lands, free of government charges. “Free soil, free labor, free speech, free men,” went the slogan. And it was thus in joint opposition to human enslavement and government tyranny that an enterprising people gave birth to the Republican Party.

In 1856, the Republicans became a national party by nominating John C. Fremont for President. Four years later, with the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860, the Republicans firmly established themselves as a major political party. The name “Republican” was chosen because it alluded to equality and reminded individuals of Thomas Jefferson’s Democratic-Republican Party.

All of Us Equal

In 1861, the Civil War erupted, lasting four grueling years. During the war, against the advice of his cabinet, President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation that freed the slaves. The Republicans of the day worked to pass the Thirteenth Amendment, which outlawed slavery; the Fourteenth Amendment, which guaranteed equal protection under the laws; and the Fifteenth, which helped secure voting rights for African-Americans. All of these accomplishments extended and cemented the fundamental freedoms our nation continues to enjoy today.

The Republican Party also played a leading role in securing women the right to vote. In 1896, the Republican Party was the first major political party to support women’s suffrage. When the 19th Amendment finally was added to the Constitution, 26 of 36 state legislatures that had voted to ratify it were under Republican control. The first woman elected to Congress was a Republican, Jeanette Rankin from Montana in 1917. So it was by hardworking Republican hands that color and gender barriers were first demolished in America.

Free from Oppression

Republicans believe individuals, not government, can make the best decisions; all people are entitled to equal rights; and decisions are best made close to home. These basic principles are as true today as they were when the Party was founded. For all of the extraordinary leaders the Party has produced throughout its rich history, Republicans understand that everyday people in all 50 states and territories remain the heart and soul of our Party.

Presidents during most of the late nineteenth century and the early part of the twentieth century were Republicans. The White House was in Republican hands under Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. Under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, the United States won the Cold War, releasing millions from Communist oppression, in true anti-big government Republican spirit.

Elephants, Not Donkeys

The symbol of the Republican Party is the elephant. During the mid term elections in 1874, Democrats tried to scare voters into thinking President Ulysses S. Grant would seek to run for an unprecedented third term. Thomas Nast, a cartoonist for Harper’s Weekly, depicted a Democratic donkey trying to scare a Republican elephant – and both symbols stuck. For a long time, Republicans have been known as the “G.O.P.” with party faithful believing it meant the “Grand Old Party.” But apparently the original meaning (in 1875) was “gallant old party.” When automobiles were invented it also came to mean, “get out and push.” That’s still a pretty good slogan for Republicans who depend every campaign year on the hard work of hundreds of thousands of everyday volunteers to get out and vote and push people to support the causes of the Republican Party.

Freedom Fighters

Abolition. Free speech. Women’s suffrage. These were all causes the Republican Party adopted early on. So, too, were reducing the size of government, streamlining bureaucracy, and returning power to individual states. With a core belief in the primacy of individuals, the Republican Party, since its inception, has been at the forefront of the fight for individuals’ rights in opposition to a large, intrusive government.