Gloucester Republicans nominate slate of candidates in packed meeting

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Jul 27, 2011 - 04:04 PM

Photo: More than 460 people packed the Botetourt Elementary School cafeteria last Thursday night during the Gloucester County Republican Committee’s mass meeting to vote on nominations for local candidates the party will back in the Nov. 8 general election. Photo by Quinton Sheppard.

More than 460 people packed the Botetourt Elementary School cafeteria last Thursday night during the Gloucester County Republican Committee’s mass meeting to vote on nominations for local candidates the party will back in the Nov. 8 general election. Photo by Quinton Sheppard.

What some have called a record turnout attended last Thursday night’s mass meeting of the Gloucester Republican Committee to nominate candidates for local office to represent the party in the Nov. 8 general election.

Warren Deal, interim chair of the meeting, said 467 registered to vote, and even more attended, filling Botetourt Elementary School’s cafeteria from front to back.

Each nominee was given an opportunity to speak, and those who nominated them were given the opportunity to say a few words about their candidate being the best choice.

Uncontested nominations included Tommy Wheat for the Abingdon district representative to the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors; Chris Hutson for the Gloucester Point district representative to the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors; Kevin Wilson for Commissioner of the Revenue, and Tara Thomas for Treasurer.

In contested races, Ashley Chriscoe received the nomination for at-large representative to the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors; Holly Smith for Commonwealth’s Attorney, and Larry Rilee for Sheriff.

Chriscoe and Patricia Cowan were vying for the nomination for at-large representative to the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors.

Chriscoe said he is a native of Gloucester and would provide a "new voice" and would bring a "fresh outlook" to the governing body.

Garr Johnson then nominated Cowan for the seat. Cowan said she has held Gloucester near and dear to her heart for many years. "I don’t always have to be right," she said, adding, "I want to be a good steward of your tax dollars."