Last night the Shelby GOP steering committee met and Chairman Justin Joy told us that the home page has been redesigned. You might want to take a look at it. It now has news of upcoming events as well as information on the elections in May, August and November.

He also talked about the Lincoln Day dinner. The guest speaker is Arkansas Congressman Tom Cotton, who is hoping to oust Democrat Pryor from his Senate seat. Also, Rep. Stephen Fincher will be there. VIP tickets are $150 each; this gives you a chance for a sit down of wine, along with meeting with Cotton, Fincher and other elected officials. Tickets for the dinner are $85. All can be purchased at the website.

Speaking of wine, one of the new things at the dinner this year is a wine pull. Republican club members are being asked to donate a bottle of wine priced anywhere from $10 to $60. You can drop it off at the HQ on Poplar. Then, at the dinner, the wine bottles will be put in brown bags and sold, blind, for $20. It’s a pretty good idea because it is pure profit for the party, which runs mainly on funds raised at this single event.

Some candidates dropped by the meeting and introduced themselves. Our own Geoff Diaz will be running for County Commission seat in the new district (10) drawn up that includes Midtown, Cooper-Young, Orange Mound and other areas of South Memphis. Charlotte Bergman will be challenging Steve Cohen for Congress again and mentioned she’s having an event April 26 featuring Alan Keyes.

Richard Desaussure attended and told us of his intention to win the Criminal Court Clerk position held now by retiring Kevin Key. He is the lone Republican in that primary.

Michael Finney is running for Circuit Court Clerk and has highlighted his intent to stop wasteful spending in that office. Kelly Price is in the running for County Commission District 3; Jim Tomasik wants to depose Brian Kelsey in his state Senate seat.

The primary election is May 6th and the Election Commission is looking for poll workers, a paid position.

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