By Karen Hall
New officers were elected at the Marshall County Republicans' meeting Tuesday night. A vacancy had been created by their chairman, Andrew Wood, moving away. Mary Francis Johnson, who had been co-chair, was elected to the chairman's office, while new member Trey Church was chosen as co-chair. Janet Heckle, who is already leads the Marshall County McCain campaign, was chosen as assistant treasurer.
All these positions run only until February 2009, at which time officers to serve for a two-year period will be chosen.
About 25 people attended the meeting at the headquarters on the square.
The Republican Women had a booth at Goat Fest and reported that they sold out of their baked goods, as well as their yard signs, bumper stickers and buttons.
Heckle will be re-stocking supplies in time for the headquarters opening hours on Friday and Saturday.
The theft of yard signs remains a problem. Church, the new co-chair, had one of the big 8 by 4 foot signs taken out of his yard in Lewisburg and filed a police report.
Church is a student at Middle Tennessee State University and his wife, Jessica, teaches second grade a Oak Grove School, so they bring a welcome touch of youth to Marshall County's Republican Party.
Church says he is "trying to put in more energy and get more people active," but notes "the party is really coming together at headquarters, not just the women."
The Marshall County Republicans plan to get the big screen TV back at headquarters for an election night party.