by John Steinberger | April 12, 2019 6:31 am
Former State Senator John Kuhn was elected Chairman of the Charleston County Republican Party Thursday at Orange Grove Charter School in West Ashley. The 348 convention delegates chose attorney Kuhn over charter school advocate Joe Bowers. Kuhn made winning back the 1st Congressional District seat relinquished in 2018 and retaining Republican control of Charleston County Sheriff, Clerk of Court, and Coroner offices as the party’s top priorities.
Kuhn touted his support from five of the six former County Chairmen in attendance, his vast list of contacts in the community to help with fundraising, and his good relations with local media. He has a weekly radio show Saturday mornings at 8 am on 94.3 FM. Kuhn told the crowd, “You are the heart of the party. You are what makes this party successful!” Kuhn vowed to make monthly meetings orderly, productive and fun.
Outgoing Chairman Larry Kobrovsky said, “The battle to re-take the 1st Congressional District starts tonight!” He asked people who had never before attended the county convention to stand, and it was more than half of the audience. Among Kobrovsky’s accomplishments as Chairman were initiating the annual Black History Month banquet, with headliners Alveda King and Senator Tim Scott, and hosting well-attended debate watch parties during the Presidential primaries and general election at movie theaters. The events drew lots of local and national media coverage and put party enthusiasm on display.. Kobrovsky commended WTMA radio host Charlie James, who was in attendance, and Kelly Golden from 94.3 FM for keeping listeners informed about the debate watches and other party events.
Governor Henry McMaster made some remarks at the convention. He served as the state Republican Party Chairman from 1993 to 2002 and noted that high turnout at County Conventions is an indicator of good results in elections. McMaster said, “When I started out (in 1993), we (the Republican Party) were in the minority. But people started showing up at the meetings. 1994 was the first time in history that Republicans had more primary voters in South Carolina than Democrats, and we wound up taking the House.” Republicans captured the South Carolina Senate in 2001, and Charleston’s Glenn McConnell became Senate President. The Republican majorities have not been relinquished since. Republicans now control all nine statewide offices. McMaster said re-capturing the 1st Congressional District, which Republicans had held for 28 consecutive years, will help Republicans regain the majority in Congress and enable President Trump to accomplish his full agenda.
Other Charleston County Republican Party officers elected Thursday were Vice Chairmen Russell Leach, Nikki Claibourn, and Peter Barnett. Claibourn said she is working on bringing Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and conservative commentators Diamond and Silk to Charleston County. Dr.Mark Hartley was re-elected as Charleston County GOP’s state Executive Committee representative. A resolution in support of the Convention of States constitutional amendment convention was also passed. The party’s next meeting is Monday, May 13 at 7 pm at North Charleston City Hall.
Pictured above: Outgoing Charleston County GOP Chair Larry Kobrovsky (left) receives a commemorative plaque from incoming Chair John Kuhn
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