New Cullman County Republican Women Leadership Team Off To Strong Start

by | Jan 10, 2018 | Breaking News, County, Politics

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New Cullman County Republican Women Leadership Team Off To Stong Start

The first meeting of the Cullman County Republican Women took place Tuesday night at the Cullman VFW.

These ladies got right down to business. The first significant item on the agenda entailed the swearing in of new leadership and officers by 32nd Circuit Court Judge Martha Williams.

The leadership team for 2018 is:

• Jacqueline B. Schendel – President

• Charity Freeman – 1st Vice-President

• Pam Willingham – 2nd Vice-President

• Maureen Chaney – 3rd Vice-President

• Rillis Gravitt – 4th Vice-President

• Sandra Blisard – Secretary

• Brenda Horn – Treasurer

• Diane Brown – Immediate past president

After a warm round of heartfelt applause for this group of new officials, the agenda turned to the Alabama Federation of Republican Women (AFRW). The AFRW will be hosting their annual Legislative Days in Montgomery January 31st and February 1st. All Cullman County Republican Women members are invited to attend.

After a Treasurer’s report from Brenda Horn, Charity Freeman introduced her friend and the evening’s featured speaker, Will Ainsworth.

Ainsworth represents Blount, DeKalb, and Marshall County as their House District 27 representative. He is also considered one of the favored Republican candidates for Alabama Lieutenant Governor in 2018.

Ainsworth is also the owner of the popular Dream Ranch Quail Hunting and Fishing Lodge in Guntersville.

The candidate spoke out on several important issues facing Alabamians in this election year. High on his priority list is Education.

Ainsworth believes all students should have access to technology and the opportunity to go to Pre K (if so desired). He also feels strongly that workforce development should be a high priority in all schools and communities.

Other concerns expressed were the drug epidemic, infrastructure erosion, and prison overcrowding, As a lifelong conservative and Republican, Ainsworth said he believes a candidate should be willing to serve, adhere to term limits, and be from the private sector.

Attendance at this first gathering of the year exceeded expectations with right at 50 people turning out. Included in the group were some elected officials beyond Judge Williams:

• County Commissioner Kerry Watson

• Presiding Circuit Judge Greg Nicholas
• District Judge Kim Chaney
• District Judge Rusty Turner

• Circuit Clerk Lisa McSwain

Also in the room were Cullman County GOP Chair and Vice-Chair, Waid Harbison and Alex Chaney.

The highlight for many was the success of the skilled Food Committee who provide a spectacular chili and soup meal for all attendees.

President Schendel had these thoughts after the meeting concluded:

“I am very honored and excited about serving as president for the Cullman County Republican Women in such a busy political year. There will be many people running for office starting at the top with the Governor.


We had a fantastic speaker in Rep. Ainsworth; we are grateful that he made the drive to talk with us!


Attending monthly CCRW meetings on the second Tuesday of each month or going to the Republican Breakfasts on the first Saturday of each month at the Elk’s Lodge is a great way to get involved and stayed informed about all the candidates and the issues at hand.”

Schendel encouraged everybody to join the Cullman County Republican Women and help support their efforts.

Cullman County Republican Women at Cullman VFW

New Cullman County Republican Women Leadership Team Off To Fast Start

Timothy Collins

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