MARVIN – Some 125 Republican enthusiasts met for the inaugural meeting of the Hornet’s Nest Republican Men’s Club on Sept. 19 at Firethorne Country Club.
The crowd included current and former elected officials from around the region, GOP Leadership and party supporters representing four counties of the Piedmont.
“To have such a number of committed conservatives in the room shows a great deal of energy and excitement surrounding the launch of this organization,” said Larry Shaheen, a local political activist and chairman of the Mecklenburg County Young Republicans. “Bravo to Dan Barry and his team for seeing a need in our community and assembling such a talented group dedicated to strong conservative values”
Political consultant Paul Shumaker was the keynote speaker and brought a message of unification and coalition-building to deliver electoral success in the 2020 election cycle.
“North Carolina is ground zero for the 2020 election,” Shumaker told the crowd.
Hornet’s Nest Board Member Ken May said it was exciting to see Republican men and women from several counties come together for the club kickoff banquet. He said the club’s mission consists of “recruiting, developing and electing conservative public officials to local state and federal offices, including a strong focus on judicial races.”
Club President Daniel Barry closed the meeting with an update on the current NC General Assembly redistricting process. “Given the maps approved by the N.C. General Assembly and turned over to the courts this week, we have a pathway to picking up seats in this region that we lost during the ‘Blue Moon’ election of 2018 but it will take focus and hard work. With all the attention being directed at the 2020 Presidential, U.S. Senate and governor races, we can’t lose sight of the NC legislative and judicial races and the impact those victories will have on 2021 redistricting and congressional reapportionment in North Carolina.”
The founding leadership group consists of GOP members from across the region.
In addition to Barry, the team includes Mecklenburg County leaders Matthew Ridenhour and Sean Strain, as well as GOP influencers Kevin Abplanalp, John Powell and Ken May. They are joined by a team from Union County, including David Willis, Mike Hicks, Bob Wilberger, Stewart Taylor and Steve Huff.