Local GOP holds county convention

The week culminates with the annual Lincoln Day dinner

Churchill County Republican Central Committee, left at podium, conducts business at Saturday’s local convention.

Churchill County Republican Central Committee, left at podium, conducts business at Saturday’s local convention.

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The Churchill County Republican Central Committee acted on a number of bylaws during the 2022 county convention at the Rafter 3C Center.
“We adopted our package of convention rules that originated in 2016, and had been readopted in 2018 and 2020,” said CCRCC Chairman Gary Smith.
Smith said the local Republicans reviewed their bylaws to conform to the new Nevada GOP bylaws that were adopted Jan. 29. This was done in response to the Legislature having removed most rules governing political parties from NRS 293.
One of the major bylaws the CCRCC changed was removing the section that prevented anyone holding local office from being a voting delegate. Smith said the delegates voted on a party platform from 2020 which had only minor updates and corrections.
As part of the update, the CCRCC officially made changes to recognize the Churchill Republican Women. They succeeded the defunct Lahontan Valley Republican Women.
Smith said delegates then elected their voting delegates to represent CCRCC at April’s state Republican convention in Las Vegas.
“The process went smoothly, everyone worked together,” Smith said. “The Rafter 3C is a great facility.”
Smith said the Lincoln Day dinner will have more than 200 in attendance, and reservations have closed for Saturday’s event. He said the beginning of the dinner will have a Churchill County flair with District Attorney Art Mallory serving as master of ceremonies, Commissioner Greg Koenig offering the prayer, Assemblywoman Robin Titus conducting the flag tribute, Sheriff Richard Hickox leading the Pledge of Allegiance, State Sen. James Settelmeyer revving up the crowd with a live auction and Fallon Mayor Ken Tedford welcoming the guests.
Smith said many of the candidates, both local and statewide, have confirmed their attendance. He said candidates will have an opportunity to introduce themselves with each having 3 minutes to speak.
The evening will also feature humorist McAvoy Layne as Mark Twain, a character he has portrayed for more than 30 years. His performances have taken him from Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City to around the world. Layne has received the Nevada Award for Excellence in School and Library Service and the Discovery Channel's Cronkite Award for a winning documentary on the “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”
Smith said the Lincoln Highway Band of Fallon will provide the evening’s music.
The Churchill Republican Women and one of the authors from "Legacies of the Silver State: Nevada Goes to War,” will be selling the book at this year's Churchill County Republican's annual Lincoln Day Dinner. Proceeds will go to the Churchill Republican Women scholarship program. A silent and live auction is also planned for the evening. 
The 2022 Churchill County Democratic Precinct Caucus/County Convention will be held on Saturday, April 4. It will be at the Old Post Office, 90 N. Maine St. Registration begins at 9 a.m. All registered Churchill County Democrats are invited. Anyone not registered can register at the caucus. Masks are requested. For more information, contact Tracy Swanson, Churchill County Democratic Chair at churchillcountydems@gmail.com.


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