Blackburn encourages Republican teamwork

By ALLEN MINCEY
Posted 11/6/17

Marsha Blackburn, guest speaker at Saturday's Reagan Day Dinner at Cleveland High School, said teamwork is a must in continuing to be the most Republican-based county in the state.A record crowd …

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Blackburn encourages Republican teamwork

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Marsha Blackburn, guest speaker at Saturday's Reagan Day Dinner at Cleveland High School, said teamwork is a must in continuing to be the most Republican-based county in the state.

A record crowd attended the event, and Blackburn said with "opportunities knocking at the door," Republicans need to have the support of voters across the state, including not only support for local candidates, but for President Donald Trump.

"We saw voters cross party lines, which led to our president being elected," she said. "The media was reporting he had no chance to win, but that proved to be a wrong prediction."

Several who spoke at the dinner stressed their backing of Trump, and Blackburn said that the state should be proud for "showing  up and supporting our president."

Blackburn, a state representative for several counties in Middle Tennessee, is a reported candidate for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Bob Corker. However, she did not talk of her campaign Saturday, but instead of Trump.

"We are at war, and it is time to put defense of the nation first," she said. "Our president is doing just that, and we need people to stand with President Trump and support our military."

Blackburn said that the Republican Party needs to "be happy warriors," noting that while stressing the need to be prepared militarily, Americans need to understand the joy they should feel from living in "the best country in the world."

She said that by working with each other, even those who contend they are either Democratic or anti-Trump, the nation will continue to be thought of in a positive manner.

"We are a team, and I like to use that word in speaking about our country," Blackburn said. "It is like this: Team stands for Together Everyone Achieves More."

She noted that percentage-wise, Bradley County is the most Republican county in Tennessee.

"Let's achieve more in 2018, and continue to place Republican candidates in office again" she said.

• Bradley County Republican Chairman Richard Burnett presented two awards: the Republican Man of the Year (honoring Ralph York), and the Republican woman of the year (honoring Virginia Smith).

County Trustee Mike Smith received Republican man of the year award, while Dale Dixon from Gayla Miller's County Circuit Clerk's office, was named Republican woman of the year award recipient. Dixon is the second person from that office to receive the award, with Miller being named Republican woman of the year 15 years ago.

• Several present county officials were recognized at the dinner.  Also, State Rep. Dan Howell and state Sens. Mike Bell and Todd Gardenhire were also introduced to those attending the event.

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