More than 100 people gathered in The Shoppes at Queen’s Attic Thursday for a Republican meet and greet.
More than 100 people gathered in The Shoppes at Queen’s Attic Thursday for a Republican meet and greet.

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Community meets, greets Republican candidates

Published 9:54pm Thursday, March 27, 2014

Residents of Alexander City and Tallapoosa County got a chance to meet the Republican candidates who are vying to represent them on the state, district and federal level ahead of the June 3 primary.

About 100 people filled The Shoppes at Queen’s Attic for a meet and great hosted by the Tallapoosa Republican Party featuring state, federal and district Republicans running for office.

Nine candidates in attendance were given three minutes to introduce themselves to those in attendance, as well as talk about their goals if elected, or in some cases, re-elected.

Denise Bates, chairman of the Tallapoosa Republican Party, said she was excited to see the great turnout from candidates and the community showing interest in being involved.

“There’s a lot of new faces at the state level. There’s a lot of names that we have not heard before, so it was a chance to bring them all into town to let our folks meet them,” Bates said. “This is incredible. Just a few years ago we had to beg candidates to visit Alex City and Tallapoosa County. Now, they’re ringing the phone off to come visit. That’s very encouraging given the work we’ve been doing the past 20 years here.

“We’re thrilled with the turnout and couldn’t be happier.”

State, federal and district candidates who spoke during the meet and great, and the office they are running for, are as follows: Dr. Stan Cooke, Lt. Governor; Jim Perdue, secretary of state; Barry Sadler, state board of education; Clyde Chambliss, state senate District 30; Tom Whatley, state senate District 27; Harris Garner, state senate District 30; Andy Carter, state senate district 27; Jonathan Barbee, public service commission Place 2; Thomas Casson, United States Congress District 3.

Attendees were also able to meet and talk with candidates running for local and county office, but they did not speak during the event.

The Tallapoosa Republican Party will host another candidate meet and greet at Dadeville Presbyterian Church April 4 at 6:30 p.m. Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey will be in attendance.