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A Message from The Chairman

Dear Fellow GOP Voters:

The November 2016 election was likely one of the greatest historic events of our life-time when you contrast the policies, legislation and judicial nominations of President Donald Trump vs. how a President Hillary Clinton victory would have impacted our country’s policies, legislation and judicial nominations. It’s scary to think about.   As we approach the November 2020 General Election and watch the Democratic debates, all republican minded individuals need to do all they can to make sure as many Republicans are elected at all levels of Federal, State and Local government.  The purpose of this letter is to let everyone know the efforts the Roane County Republican Party and the Roane County Republican Women will be making between now and the 2020 election:

  1. We will be contacting Roane County High School to recruit volunteers from the Young Republicans to work at the Republican Headquarters. During the 2016 election this effort was very productive and resulted in Mossing Management Consulting Services giving those individuals college scholarships valued at $1,000 over 4-year period.
  2. The Roane County Republican Party headquarters opened in the Spring of 2020 through election day. The headquarters is located at 110 N.  Kentucky Street, Kingston, TN, across from the old Rite Aid pharmacy and will have merchandise for sale, signs for various candidates, forms for registration to vote, free WIFI, and more.
  3. We continue to plan various funding raising events such as raffle’s for retail merchandise, the biennial Reagan Day/Trump Dinner, a Mother’s Day flower sale, and other similar events.
  4. The Roane County Republican Women conduct monthly meetings which include interesting speakers to discuss local and statewide issues that impact all residents of Roane County and Tennessee.
  5. We will be implementing various outreach programs to ensure as many Republican and President Trump supporters are registered to vote and will show up to vote on the first Tuesday of November, November 3, 2020.
  6. We will have launched our recently updated website at: roanegop.com.  This website will include meeting information, donation links, links to various state and federal websites, links to republican candidate websites, social media components, and other features. 
  7. During the 2020 election year we leased a billboard on Highway 70 to show our support for President Trump and to encourage his re-election in 2020.

Should you have any questions or comments regarding the Roane County Republican Party, you can contact me at 865-717-7700 or by email to dsmossing@icloud.com or contact Rhonda Mossing, President of the Roane County Republican Women at 865-717-0303 or by email to Rhonda.Mossing@gmail.com.


Darrin Mossing – President, Roane County Republican Party

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Party Officers 2019-2021

Darrin Mossing

Marilyn Calfee
2nd Vice Chair

Beth Sams
1st Vice Chair

Rhonda Mossing

Hannah Smith

Hannah Smith

Henry Redmond
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Special Projects Coordinator

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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.