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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Republican U.S. Senate Nomination

VSSA is a non-partisan organization. We support pro-gun candidates regardless of party affiliation. The following information is provided to inform our members and gun owners in general who may be interested in participating in choosing the Republican candidate to run for U.S. Senate in the fall General Election.

The Republican nomination for U.S. Senate will occur at the state convention in Richmond on May 31, 2008. Former Governor and current NRA Board Member Jim Gilmore is running for the nomination against Delegate Bob Marshall of Prince William County for the opportunity to face former Governor Mark Warner, who is unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

If you are interested in participating in the Republican nominating process, you must be elected a delegate to the Republican state convention. Elected? That's right. But don't worry; you don't need to try that hard. Generally, every local Republican committee has more slots for state convention delegates than are people interested in attending as delegates. So, basically, if you sign up, you'll be elected.To be a state convention delegate, you should plan to attend your local area convention or mass meeting.

We've listed below all of the conventions and mass meetings that we're aware of. If your local area is not mentioned, contact your local party (find out who you need to contact by clicking here) and ask when the local conventions or mass meeting will be held and how you can sign up. Often, attendance at the convention or mass meeting is not required if you file as a delegate to the state convention prior to the deadline. Speak to your local committee chairman for more details. Don't let the fees keep you away. Suggested donations defray costs of the Convention, but are not required.

Some local committees have already held their mass meetings or their filing deadlines have passed. It is now too late to become a delegate to the state convention if you live in the following areas:
Albemarle
Alexandria (city)
Appomattox
Arlington
Buckingham
Campbell
Culpeper
Danville
Dickenson
Falls Church (city)
Fauquier
Gloucester
Hampton City
Henry
King George
Lancaster
Loudoun
Newport News
Northampton
Page
Rappahannock
Rockbridge
Stafford
Warren
Waynesboro

The following are deadlines to file for the associated localities:

March 19: Deadline to become a delegate in the following areas
Cumberland: The Cumberland County Republican Committee does not require people interested in being delegates to the state convention to attend the local mass meeting. Thus, any registered voter in the County of Cumberland who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may file as a state convention delegate.To file/apply, print and fill out the form (by clicking here) and return to the address listed on the form, no later than 7pm on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 (postmarks do not govern).For additional information on this local meeting, click here to visit the Cumberland committee website.

Roanoke City: The Roanoke City Republican Committee Mass Meeting will be held at the Roanoke City Council Chambers, 215 Church Ave., S.W., City of Roanoke, at 7pm on Wednesday, March 19, 2008. You must attend this meeting to be elected a delegate to the state GOP convention.Any registered voter in the City of Roanoke who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may attend the mass meeting and be selected as a state convention delegate. There is no pre-filing for this mass meeting. To sign up, arrive at the mass meeting between 6pm and 7pm (but no later than 7pm) to register. All persons in line by 7pm will be allowed to register for the Mass Meeting.For additional information on this local meeting, click here to read the Call to Mass Meeting.

March 20: Deadline to become a delegate in the following areas
Franklin City/Southampton: The Franklin/Southampton County Unit Committee of the Republican Party Mass Meeting will be held at the Southampton County Administrative Building located at 26022 Administration Center Drive, Courtland, Virginia, at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, 2008. You must attend this meeting to be elected a delegate to the state GOP convention.Any registered voter in the City of Franklin/Southampton who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may attend the mass meeting and be selected as a state convention delegate. There is no pre-filing for this mass meeting. To sign up, arrive at the mass meeting between 6pm and 7pm (but no later than 7pm) to register.For additional information on this local meeting, click here to read the Call to Mass Meeting.

Chesterfield: The Chesterfield County Republican Party does not require people interested in being delegates to the state convention to attend the local canvass. Thus, any registered voter in the County of Chesterfield who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may file as a state convention delegate.To file/apply, print and fill out the form (by clicking here) and return to the address listed on the form, no later than 6pm on Thursday, March 20, 2008 (postmarks do not govern).For additional information on this local meeting, click here to read the Call to Party Canvass.

Shenandoah: The Shenandoah County Republican Committee will be holding Precinct Mass Meetings prior to the County Convention. To be elected a delegate to the state GOP convention, you should plan to attend the Precinct Mass Meeting on Thursday, March 20, 2008, and the plan on attending the County Convention on Friday, April 11, 2008. If you are unable to attend the mass meeting, convention, or both, please contact Chairman Michael Monahan at 540-856-2200 (monahan@shentel.net) and request to be added to the list for election as a state convention delegate.Please visit the Shenandoah County Republican Committee Call for locations of Precinct Mass Meetings and other information.Any registered voter in the County of Shenandoah who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may participate. There is no pre-filing.

Halifax: The Halifax County Republican Committee Mass Meeting will be held at the Lodge Restaurant; 3102 Halifax Rd.; South Boston, Virginia 24592, at 7pm on Thursday, March 20, 2008. You must attend this meeting to be elected a delegate to the state GOP convention.Any registered voter in the County of Halifax who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may attend the mass meeting and be selected as a state convention delegate. There is no pre-filing for this mass meeting. To sign up, arrive at the mass meeting between 6pm and 7pm (but no later than 7pm) to register.For additional information on this mass meeting, please contact Pat Barksdale at 434-753-6374.

March 21: Deadline to become a delegate in the following areas
James City: The James City County Republican Party does not require people interested in being delegates to the state convention to attend the local mass meeting. Thus, any registered voter in the County of James City who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may file as a state convention delegate.To file/apply, print and fill out the form (by clicking here) and return to the address listed on the form, no later than 5pm on Friday, March 21 (postmarks do not govern).For additional information on this local meeting, click here to read the Call to Mass Meeting.

Virginia Beach: The Republican Party of Virginia Beach does not require people interested in being delegates to the state convention to attend the local mass meeting. Thus, any registered voter in the City of Virginia Beach who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may file as a state convention delegate. To file/apply, print and fill out the form (by clicking here) and return to the address listed on the form, no later than 12-noon on Friday, March 21 (postmarks do not govern).For additional information on this mass meeting, click here to visit the Virginia Beach GOP website.

March 24: Deadline to become a delegate in the following areas
Richmond City: The City of Richmond Republican Committee Mass Meeting will be held in the Auditorium of the Richmond Public Library, 101 East Franklin Street (at the corner of 1st and Franklin in downtown Richmond), starting at 6pm on Wednesday, March 26, 2008. You need to attend this meeting to be elected a delegate to the state GOP convention.Any registered voter in the City of Richmond who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may file as a state convention delegate and attend this mass meeting.To file/apply, print and fill out the form (by clicking here) and return to the address listed on the form, no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 24 (postmarks do not govern).For additional information on this mass meeting, click here to read the committee's call to mass meeting.

Smyth: The Smyth County Republican Committee Mass Meeting will be held at the W.W. Scott Senior Citizens Center, 307 South Park Street, Marion, Virginia 24354, at 7:30pm on Monday, March 24, 2008. You must attend this meeting to be elected a delegate to the state GOP convention.Any registered voter in the County of Smyth who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may attend the mass meeting and be selected as a state convention delegate. There is no pre-filing for this mass meeting. To sign up, arrive at the mass meeting no later than 7:30pm to register.For additional information on this local meeting, click here to read the Call to Mass Meeting.

Martinsville: The Martinsville Committee of the Republican Party Mass Meeting will be held at the Martinsville General District Courtroom, 55 West Church Street, Martinsville, Virginia, at 7pm on Monday, March 24, 2008. You must attend this meeting to be elected a delegate to the state GOP convention.Any registered voter in the City of Martinsville who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may attend the mass meeting and be selected as a state convention delegate. There is no pre-filing for this mass meeting. To sign up, arrive at the mass meeting between 6:30pm and 7pm (but no later than 7pm) to register.For additional information on this local meeting, click here to read the Call to Mass Meeting.

March 25: Deadline to become a delegate in the following areas
Wythe: The Wythe County Republican Committee Mass Meeting will be held at the the Wythe County General District Court Room, 245 S. 4th. Street, Suite 205, Wytheville, Virginia, at 7pm on Tuesday, March 25, 2008. You must attend this meeting to be elected a delegate to the state GOP convention.Any registered voter in the County of Wythe who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may attend the mass meeting and be selected as a state convention delegate. There is no pre-filing for this mass meeting. For additional information on this local meeting, click here to read the Call to Mass Meeting.

Richmond: The Richmond County Republican Party Mass Meeting will be held at the Warsaw Town Office, 78 Belleville Lane, Warsaw, Virginia, at 7:30pm on Tuesday, March 25, 2008. You must attend this meeting to be elected a delegate to the state GOP convention.Any registered voter in the County of Richmond who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may attend the mass meeting and be selected as a state convention delegate. There is no pre-filing for this mass meeting. To sign up, arrive at the mass meeting between 7pm and 7:30pm (but no later than 7:30pm) to register.For additional information on this local meeting, click here to read the Call to Mass Meeting.

March 27: Deadline to become a delegate in the following areas
Fairfax City: The City of Fairfax Republican Party does not require people interested in being delegates to the state convention to attend the local mass meeting. Thus, any registered voter in the City of Fairfax who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may file as a state convention delegate.To file/apply, print and fill out the form (by clicking here) and return to the address listed on the form, no later than 6pm on Thursday, March 27 (postmarks do not govern).For additional information on this local meeting, click here to read the Call to Mass Meeting

Washington: The Washington County Republican Committee Mass Meeting will be held at the Virginia Highlands Airport, 18521 Lee Highway, Abingdon, Virginia, at 6pm on Thursday, March 27, 2008. You must attend this meeting to be elected a delegate to the state GOP convention.Any registered voter in the County of Washington who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may attend the mass meeting and be selected as a state convention delegate. There is no pre-filing for this mass meeting. To sign up, arrive at the mass meeting no later than 6pm to register.For additional information on this local meeting, click here to read the Call to Mass Meeting.

March 28: Deadline to become a delegate in the following areas
Nelson: The Nelson County Republican Committee does not require people interested in being delegates to the state convention to attend the local mass meeting. Thus, any registered voter in the County of Nelson who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may file as a state convention delegate.To file/apply, print and fill out the form (by clicking here) and return to the address listed on the form, no later than 7pm on Friday, March 28 (postmarks do not govern).For additional information on this local meeting, click here to read the Call to Mass Meeting.

York: The York County Republican Committee does not require people interested in being delegates to the state convention to attend the local mass meeting. Thus, any registered voter in the County of York who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may file as a state convention delegate.To file/apply, print and fill out the form (by clicking here) and return to the address listed on the form, no later than 5pm on Friday, March 28 (postmarks do not govern).For additional information on this local meeting, click here to read the Call to Mass Meeting.

Poquoson: The Poquoson City Republican Committee does not require people interested in being delegates to the state convention to attend the local mass meeting. Thus, any registered voter in the City of Poquoson who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may file as a state convention delegate.To file/apply, print and fill out the form (by clicking here) and return to the address listed on the form, no later than 5pm on Friday, March 28 (postmarks do not govern).For additional information on this local meeting, click here to read the Call to Mass Meeting.

March 29: Deadline to become a delegate in the following areas
Fairfax County: The Fairfax County Republican Committee does not require people interested in being delegates to the state convention to attend the local convention. Thus, any registered voter in the County of Fairfax who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may file as a state convention delegate.To file/apply, print and fill out the form (by clicking here) and return to the address listed on the form, no later than noon on Saturday, March 29 (postmarks do not govern).For additional information on this local meeting, click here to read the Call to Mass Meeting.

Prince William: The Prince William County Republican Committee does not require people interested in being delegates to the state convention to attend the local convention. Thus, any registered voter in the County of Prince William who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may file as a state convention delegate.To file/apply, print and fill out the form (by clicking here) and return to the address listed on the form, no later than 7pm on Saturday, March 29 (postmarks do not govern).For additional information on this local meeting, click here to visit the Prince William committee website.

Emporia/Greensville: The Emporia Greensville Republican Party Mass Meeting will be held at the Emporia Municipal Building, 201 South Main St., Emporia, Virginia 23847, at 11am on Saturday, March 29, 2008. You must attend this meeting to be elected a delegate to the state GOP convention.Any registered voter in the Counties of Emporia/Greensville who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may attend the mass meeting and be selected as a state convention delegate. There is no pre-filing for this mass meeting. To sign up, arrive at the mass meeting between prior to 11am (but no later than 11am) to register.For additional information on this local meeting, click here to read the Call to Mass Meeting.

Staunton: The Staunton Unit Committee of the Republican Party Mass Meeting will be held at City Hall, 116 West Beverley Street in downtown Staunton, starting at 10am on Saturday, March 29, 2008. You need to attend this meeting to be elected a delegate to the state GOP convention.Any registered voter in the City of Staunton who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may file as a state convention delegate and attend this mass meeting.To file/apply, print and fill out the form (by clicking here) and return to the address listed on the form, no later than 10am on Saturday, March 29, 2008 (postmarks do not govern).For additional information on this mass meeting, click here to visit the committee's website.

Franklin: The Franklin County Republican Committee does not require people interested in being delegates to the state convention to attend the local mass meeting. Thus, any registered voter in the County of Franklin who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may file as a state convention delegate.To file/apply, print and fill out the form (by clicking here) and return to the address listed on the form, no later than 9:30am on Saturday, March 29, 2008 (postmarks do not govern).For additional information on this local meeting, click here to read the Call to Mass Meeting

Orange: The Orange County Republican Committee Mass Meeting will be held at the Lake Of Woods Community in the Wood center, at 10am on Saturday, March 29, 2008. You must attend this meeting to be elected a delegate to the state GOP convention.Any registered voter in the County of Orange who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may attend the mass meeting and be selected as a state convention delegate. There is no pre-filing for this mass meeting. To sign up, arrive at the mass meeting between no later than 10am to register.For additional information on this mass meeting, please contact Doug Rogers at 540-972-8117.

March 31: Deadline to become a delegate in the following areas
Essex: The Essex County Republican Committee does not require people interested in being delegates to the state convention to attend the local mass meeting. Thus, any registered voter in the County of Essex who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may file as a state convention delegate.To file/apply, print and fill out the form (by clicking here) and return to the address listed on the form, no later than 6pm on Monday, March 31, 2008 (postmarks do not govern).For additional information on this local meeting, click here to read the Call to Mass Meeting.

April 1: Deadline to become a delegate in the following areas
King & Queen: The King & Queen County Republican Committee Mass Meeting will be held at Roma’s Restaurant, Tappahannock, Virginia, at 7pm on Tuesday, April 1, 2008. You must attend this meeting to be elected a delegate to the state GOP convention.Any registered voter in the County of King & Queen who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may attend the mass meeting and be selected as a state convention delegate. There is no pre-filing for this mass meeting. For additional information on this local meeting, click here to read the Call to Mass Meeting.

Hopewell: The Hopewell City Republican Committee Mass Meeting will be held at the Hopewell City Council Chambers, 300 N. Main Street, Hopewell, Virginia 23860, at 7pm on Tuesday, April 1, 2008. You must attend this meeting to be elected a delegate to the state GOP convention.Any registered voter in the City of Hopewell who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may attend the mass meeting and be selected as a state convention delegate. There is no pre-filing for this mass meeting. For additional information on this local meeting, click here to read the Call to Mass Meeting.

Bedford: The Bedford City/County Committee of the Republican Party of Virginia does not require people interested in being delegates to the state convention to attend the local mass meeting. Thus, any registered voter in the City or County of Bedford who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may file as a state convention delegate.To file/apply, print and fill out the form (by clicking here) and return to the address listed on the form, no later than 5pm on Tuesday, April 1, 2008 (postmarks do not govern).For additional information on this local meeting, click here to read the Call to Mass Meeting

April 2: Deadline to become a delegate in the following areas
Powhatan: The Powhatan Committee of the Republican Party does not require people interested in being delegates to the state convention to attend the local mass meeting. Thus, any registered voter in the County of Powhatan who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may file as a state convention delegate.To file/apply, print and fill out the form (by clicking here) and return to the address listed on the form, no later than 5pm on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 (postmarks do not govern).For additional information on this local meeting, click here to read the Call to Mass Meeting

April 3: Deadline to become a delegate in the following areas
Floyd: The Floyd County Republican Committee Mass Meeting will be held at the Floyd County Administrative Building Conference Room; 120 W. Oxford Street, at 7:30pm on Thursday, April 3, 2008. You must attend this meeting to be elected a delegate to the state GOP convention.Any registered voter in the County of Floyd who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may attend the mass meeting and be selected as a state convention delegate. There is no pre-filing for this mass meeting. To sign up, arrive at the mass meeting before 7:30pm to register.For additional information on this local meeting, click here to read the Call to Mass Meeting.

Greene: The Greene County Republican Committee Mass Meeting will be held at the Greene County Circuit Court House, on Court Square, Stanardsville, Virginia, at 7pm on Thursday, April 3, 2008. You must attend this meeting to be elected a delegate to the state GOP convention.Any registered voter in the County of Greene who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may attend the mass meeting and be selected as a state convention delegate. There is no pre-filing for this mass meeting. To sign up, arrive at the mass meeting between 6pm and 7pm (but no later than 7pm) to register.For additional information on this local meeting, click here to read the Call to Mass Meeting.

Pittsylvania: The Pittsylvania County Committee of the Republican Party Mass Meeting will be held at the General District Court Room in Chatham, Virginia (Main Street), at 7pm on Thursday, April 3, 2008. You must attend this meeting to be elected a delegate to the state GOP convention.Any registered voter in the County of Pittsylvania who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may attend the mass meeting and be selected as a state convention delegate. There is no pre-filing for this mass meeting. To sign up, arrive at the mass meeting between 6:30pm and 7pm (but no later than 7pm) to register.For additional information on this local meeting, click here to read the Call to Mass Meeting.

April 4: Deadline to become a delegate in the following areas
Spotsylvania: The Spotsylvania County Republican Committee does not require people interested in being delegates to the state convention to attend the local mass meeting. Thus, any registered voter in the County of Spotsylvania who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may file as a state convention delegate.To file/apply, print and fill out the form (by clicking here) and return to the address listed on the form, no later than 5pm on Friday, April 4, 2008 (postmarks do not govern).For additional information on this local meeting, click here to visit the Spotsylvania Call to Mass Meeting.

Williamsburg: The Williamsburg Republican Committee does not require people interested in being delegates to the state convention to attend the local mass meeting. Thus, any registered voter in the City of Williamsburg who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may file as a state convention delegate.To file/apply, print and fill out the form (by clicking here) (the form is located on page 4 of the pdf file) and return to the address listed on the form, no later than 6pm on Friday, April 4, 2008 (postmarks do not govern).For additional information on this local meeting, click here to visit the Williamsburg Call to Mass Meeting.

April 5: Deadline to become a delegate in the following areas
Harrisonburg: The Harrisonburg City Republican Committee Mass Meeting will be held at the Rockingham County Administrative Offices, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801, at 9am on Saturday, April 5, 2008. You must attend this meeting to be elected a delegate to the state GOP convention.Any registered voter in the City of Harrisonburg who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may attend the mass meeting and be selected as a state convention delegate. There is no pre-filing for this mass meeting. To sign up, arrive at the mass meeting no later than 9am to register.For additional information on this local meeting, click here to read the Call to Mass Meeting.

Rockingham: The Rockingham County Republican Party offers two ways to become a delegate to the state convention:On or before 5pm on April 2, 2008: You may prefile by printing and filling out this form (by clicking here) and return to the address listed on the form, no later than 5pm on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 (postmarks do not govern). If you prefile, you are not required to attend the mass meeting.If after 5pm on April 2, no later than 10am on Saturday, April 5, 2008: You can attend the mass meeting and sign up there. The meeting will be held at the Board of Supervisors Meeting Room, Rockingham County Administration Center, 20 East Gay Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22802, on Saturday, April 5, 2008, at 10am. If you did not prefile, you must attend this meeting to be elected a delegate to the state GOP convention. Registration opens at 9:30am, and ends at 9:55am. All persons in line by 9:55am will be allowed to register for the Mass Meeting.Any registered voter in the County of Rockingham who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may prefile and/or attend the mass meeting and be selected as a state convention delegate. You are not required to prefile if attending the mass meeting, but may prefile in lieu of attending the meeting.For additional information on this local meeting, click here to read the Call to Mass Meeting.

April 8: Deadline to become a delegate in the following areas
Frederick: The Frederick County Republican Committee does not require people interested in being delegates to the state convention to attend the local mass meeting. Thus, any registered voter in the County of Frederick who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may file as a state convention delegate.To file/apply, print and fill out the form (by clicking here) and return to the address listed on the form, no later than 5pm on Tuesday, April 8 (postmarks do not govern).For additional information on this local meeting, click here to visit the Frederick committee website.

April 9: Deadline to become a delegate in the following areas
Roanoke: The Roanoke County Republican Committee does not require people interested in being delegates to the state convention to attend the local mass meeting. Thus, any registered voter in the County of Roanoke who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may file as a state convention delegate.To file/apply, print and fill out the form (by clicking here) and return to the address listed on the form, no later than 5pm on Wednesday, April 9 (postmarks do not govern).For additional information on this local meeting, click here to read the Call to Mass Meeting.

April 10: Deadline to become a delegate in the following areas
Augusta: The Augusta County Republican Committee Mass Meeting will be held at the Augusta County Government Center, 18 Government Center Lane, Verona, Virginia, at 7pm on Thursday, April 10, 2008. You must attend this meeting to be elected a delegate to the state GOP convention.Any registered voter in the County of Augusta who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may attend the mass meeting and be selected as a state convention delegate. There is no pre-filing for this mass meeting. To sign up, arrive at the mass meeting between 6pm and 7pm (but no later than 7pm) to register.For additional information on this local meeting, click here to read the Call to Mass Meeting.

Montgomery: The Montgomery County Republican Party does not require people interested in being delegates to the state convention to attend the local mass meeting. Thus, any registered voter in the County of Montgomery who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may file as a state convention delegate.To file/apply, print and fill out the form (by clicking here) and return to the address listed on the form, no later than 7pm on Thursday, April 10 (postmarks do not govern).For additional information on this local meeting, click here to read the Call to Mass Meeting.

April 12: Deadline to become a delegate in the following areas
Henrico: The Henrico County Republican Committee does not require people interested in being delegates to the state convention to attend the local mass meeting. Thus, any registered voter in the County of Henrico who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party may file as a state convention delegate.To file/apply, print and fill out the form (by clicking here) and return to the address listed on the form, no later than 6pm on Saturday April 12 (postmarks do not govern).For additional information on this local meeting, click here to visit the Henrico committee website.

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