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A Message from The Chairman

Dear Fellow GOP Voters:

I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all who have entrusted me with the role of Chairman of the Roane County Republican Party. It’s a tremendous honor to serve in this capacity. I am committed to representing our party with integrity and diligence, especially during these challenging times. Rest assured, I will remain steadfast in pursuing the objectives set forth for our party, both by myself and our esteemed members. Together, let’s propel our county and party towards a brighter future.

Moving Ahead Our mission is to empower every eligible citizen to exercise their right to vote by facilitating voter registration and fostering increased voter turnout through education, outreach, and community engagement.  

1. Membership Drive Join our Membership Drive as we embark on a year-long journey to expand our conservative family. My commitment extends to organizing events across all communities within the county, not just those orchestrated by cities, but also those spearheaded by the Roane County Republican Party. I have several ideas in mind and eagerly welcome your input to make our efforts even more impactful. Let’s work together to strengthen our community and advance our shared values!

2. Fund Raising is often seen as a necessary aspect of achieving our objectives. While money can’t buy love or happiness, it can certainly facilitate our efforts. I will be coordinating fundraising initiatives for all membership drives, recognizing their crucial role in our mission’s success. Let’s work together to ensure our goals are met effectively.

3. Communication is paramount in guiding our representatives to accurately represent the desires of Roane County residents. However, effective communication requires awareness of the legislative agenda. To facilitate this, I will provide copies of bills under consideration at each meeting, along with updates on their progress. Additionally, on a quarterly basis, we will endeavor to host speakers knowledgeable about relevant state or local bills. To ensure transparency and accessibility, the Vice Chair and I will establish a monthly meeting schedule before month’s end, with details published on our website, roanegop.com, as well as in the Roane County News and the Chamber of Commerce.

4. Helping our representatives In my view, the most vital contribution we can make as citizens is aiding our representatives. Without conservative voices in office, our ability to effect change is limited. This underscores the significance of fundraising efforts and providing guidance to our representatives. Preserving our freedoms necessitates collaborative action to achieve our shared objectives.

Lisa Joseph, Chairwoman, Roane County Republican Party

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1824 Roane State Hwy PMB 218 Harriman, TN 37748


Roane County Republican Party

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

The Kingston Community Center at 201 Patton Ferry Rd., Room D in Kingston, TN

Roane County Republican Party Officers 2024

Lisa Joseph

Kirk Gaertner
Vice Chair

Tara Carter

Winston Leslie
Vice Treasurer

Lucinda Sheth

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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.