Republicans are thinking about the presidential race, but Cory Higdon has a warning.
The new executive director for the Shelby GOP reminds us that “before November we have August and we have races we will have to fight for.” Specifically, Higdon mentioned the Assessor of Property, District Attorney General and County Commission seats in Memphis. “We are on defense in Tennessee for protecting our House and Senate wins from 2010,” he reminded us at last night’s Midtown Republican Club meeting.
Of course, the primaries are in March, but “local elections are just as important as federal ones,” he said. “With redistricting, we may be able to pick up two more seats in the state House and Senate,” which would mean we could overcome any obstacles the other side might place in voting. “We will also work to “our majority in the U.S. House and hope to take over the Senate.”
In Shelby County Higdon sees us losing perhaps a house and two state senate seats. “We’ll know soon since the legislature resumes this month and will take that up right away. Then we will know where the seats are and start handling the lawsuits.”
“How can you be involved in helping us win this year?” Higdon asked. “We will need people to help make phone calls and with precinct mailings. January 14 is our 2012 kickoff event at the Devonshire Club House in Germantown. We’ll have DA Amy Weirich plus state and local officials to help us get started and get excited about 2012.”
Then there is the 2012 Lincoln Day Dinner, held this year on February 10 at the Holiday Inn across from the University of Memphis. A speaker will be announced soon.
Higdon will be working on all these projects. We are lucky to be the only county in the entire state which has a full time employee in this post. He’ll get a workout this year.