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Pictures from the Republican Round-Up Victory Party Thursday Evening at the Sebring Civic Center

The Republican Round-Up Victory Party at the Sebring Civic Center Thursday evening was a huge success! Highlands County Republican Chairman Kathy Rapp welcomed the record crowd who came out to celebrate the clean-sweep Republican victories last November and to provide the much-needed financial support to keep on winning in 2018. Father Nicholas McLoughlin, Pastor of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, provided the invocation.  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Commissioner Jack Richie and Becky McIntyre provided a stirring rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.

Chairman Rapp set the tone and emphasized that “We certainly have so much to celebrate as Republicans: The President, Vice-President, and the majority of both houses of Congress are Republican and a strict Constitutionalist has been restored to the Supreme Court.  She also mentioned some other things worth celebrating including the facts that 33 of 50 governors are Republican, 68 of 98 state legislatures are majority Republican and there is Republican legislative control in 33 of 50 states.  And in 25 states the governor is Republican and both state houses are majority Republican.”

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“Highlands County has much to celebrate too!  We elected Paul Blackman as sheriff.  The last time we had a Republican sheriff was more than 35 years ago.  Dr. Brenda Longshore was elected Superintendent of Schools keeping that position in Republican hands.  And Commissioners Jim Brooks, Greg Harris, and Ron Handley were re-elected.  All our Commissioners and Constitutional Officers are now Republican. ”   Here’s what I’m most proud of, because it represents all the hard work and effort we put forth.  In 2012, 76% of Registered Republicans in Highlands County voted.  In 2016, however, 83% voted.  This was happening all across the state.  We met people who were coming out to vote for the first time in their lives.

Is it any wonder that Republicans won so big in Florida?  Oh, yes we have much to celebrate!  When I look out over this room I see dedicated candidates, generous donors, and passionate volunteers who made our victory possible.  Was it all worth it?  You betcha!  So this victory party is for you.  Let’s celebrate and have some fun tonight.

A record crowd enjoyed very appropriate theme music selections from DJ Jeremy of Mobile Music and More.  All enjoyed excellent prime rib and barbecue chicken dinners catered by the The Depot in Avon Park! County Commission Chairman Don Elwell served as our emcee and kept the crowd entertained throughout the evening as he announced the selection of 22 door prizes and served as auctioneer for two tickets to a two-day country and western concert entitled Party in the Pines to be held at the Bienville Plantation Oct 20-21, 2017.

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Our special guest Congressman Tom Rooney and our Keynote Speaker Representative Ben Albritton (who is an announced candidate for the State Senate seat being vacated by Senator Denise Grimsley) provided timely updates from their federal and state government perspectives.

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Our major sponsors, Senator Denise Grimsley who has announced her candidacy to be Florida’s next Commissioner of Agriculture, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam who has announced his candidacy to be Florida’s next Governor, Congressman Tom Rooney and Representative Cary Pigman provided very significant and much appreciated support.  A very special note of appreciation also to all of our program advertisers, table sponsors, prize and drawing donors and to all who purchased Round-Up tickets or donated funds so that others might attend.

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Officers

Chairman
    Kathy Rapp
Vice Chairman
    Susan Beder
Secretary
    Kathy Hill
Treasurer
    Penny Kocarek

State Committeeman
    Earl Claire

State Committeewoman
    Sally Claire