Jim Womack’s 2nd Weekly Column to the Sanford Herald
Thursday, August 24, 2017

If one measures the strength of a political party by its voter affiliation, then let us consider the death spiral of the Democrat Party. Voter registration statistics show registered Democrats have sharply declined over the past 13 or so years while Republican registrations increased in both real numbers and as a percentage of Lee County voters.Since January 2004, Democrat registrations dropped by nearly 1000 while Republicans gained over 2000 registrations. The percentage of Lee County voters affiliating with the Democrat Party declined from 54.6% to 41.3% of total voters during the same period. Unquestionably, the Democrat Party has been in steady decline while the Republican Party continues to grow in both number and percentage of total voters. The same phenomenon is occurring statewide and across the nation, principally because the Democrat party platform continues to move farther left while the Republican platform continues to reflect the traditional American values of liberty, free speech, religious freedom, the right to life, lower taxes, and equal opportunity for all.

Prior to 2010, the Lee GOP did not maintain a year-round headquarters and was sporadic in its meetings. Since 2010, the GOP has maintained a year-round headquarters and has regularly scheduled meetings. Beginning in March of this year, the local party instituted its first ever plan of organization and expanded its Executive Board from 8 to 15 members. The Lee GOP has maintained an active Republican Men’s Group and its Women’s Group has recently reconstituted. The Lee County Republican Party will have an active presence and display at the Lee Regional Fair in September. We look forward to our interaction with local voters, most of whom possess values that align with the local, state, and national Republican Party Platforms.

Some have lamented the fact that no Republicans elected to run for Sanford city races this fall. Several local conservatives seriously considered running in several races but elected to defer this year. No one should infer that as a trend affecting future board of commissioner or board of education races. As in 2016, our 2018 slate will have competitors for virtually every race. We fully expect to win most if not all of those races we contest in 2018 and 2020.

The citizens of this county want conservative leadership and accountability among their elected officials. Contrary to ‘good old boy’ claims that things are just fine, citizens know they are not being well served by the liberal-controlled boards now in charge. Our taxes are much too high- the highest in central North Carolina. Our school performance continues to lag state norms- ours being the lowest performing county for academic growth in central North Carolina. Violent crime, illegal drug use, and gang activity in the city are escalating. Aside from our sheriff, city and county governmental bodies do not respect the second amendment and have rejected concealed carry on public grounds. Fiscal accountability is virtually non-existent in our city, school board, and county projects.

Citizens are frustrated with the status quo. They will find solace in the Republican platform of stronger representation, lower taxes, fewer regulations, and greater fiscal accountability. Expect to see even stronger growth in Republican voter affiliation and superbly qualified Republican candidates for county offices in coming years as the Lee GOP seeks to “make Lee County great again.”

Jim Womack, Chairman
Lee County Republican Party
Email- james.k.womack@gmail.com