Laurens County Republican Party Holds County Convention to Elect New LeadershipApril 5, 2023
The Laurens County Republican Party held their bi-annual county convention on Saturday, April 1, 2023, at the Ridge in Laurens. The purpose of the convention is to elect county party leaders, pass resolutions and elect delegates to represent the local party at the South Carolina Republican Party Convention to be held in May.
The convention opened with prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance and a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem performed live by the Rankin sisters.
After a short welcome from current chairman Luke Rankin, Congressman Jeff Duncan addressed the convention and then Lt. Governor Pamela Evette sent her greetings via video.
Delegates to the convention elected three officers: chairman, first vice chairman and the executive committeeman (EC). Luke Rankin was unopposed and re-elected to serve a second term as chairman. Shellie Carles was unopposed and elected to serve as the first vice chairman. Rick Shealy (incumbent) and Sheldon Kazmarski ran for EC, and Shealy was re-elected carrying 65% of the vote.
“This year’s County Convention was a huge success. Delegates overwhelmingly elected a slate of leaders who will serve our party well for the next two years,” said Chairman Luke Rankin. “Not only are we growing, but our base is more engaged and excited than ever before. From welcoming top presidential candidates to our county very soon to electing more Republicans to local offices, we have many exciting opportunities for Republicans to join our movement and get involved.”
“I’ve been involved with the Laurens County Republican Party for nearly 30 years,” said Senator Danny Verdin. “Never before have I seen this much energy! Great things are happening in the Laurens County Party and I encourage those interested to get involved and make a difference at the local level.”
Laurens County is allotted 13 delegate slots to the state convention. The results of the election of delegates to state and alternates are as follows:
State Delegates Alternates
Luke Rankin Morris Madden
Stewart Jones Mark Madden
Brenda Stewart Susanna Rankin
Rick Shealy Valerie Jones
Shellie Carles Deborah Rankin
Nick Babb James Donnelly
Priscilla Rankin Peter Rankin
Jim Yates Sheldon Kazmarski
Steven Davis Kelly Jones
Jerome Parsons Eric Neal
Matthew Brownlee Shaunna Donnelly
Justin Lane James Lang
Samuel Rodekohr Ronnie Blackwell
If you are interested in getting involved or signing up to receive updates about meetings and events, contact Luke Rankin at [email protected].
Click on the images in the gallery below from the county convention.