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Mumpower elected chairman of BCGOP
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 10:49

From Staff Reports

Dr. Carl Mumpower, an Asheville psychologist, was elected chairman of the Buncombe County Republican Party during during the party’s annual convention on March 25 at Reynold High School.

The convention drew a record turnout, party officials said aferward.

Mumpower took office immediately after his election, as former Chairman Nathan West announced in January that he would not seek re-election for the two-year term.

Mumpower faced challenges for the chairman’s post from Fremont Brown, a tea party activist from Bent Creek; and Chuck Archerd, a real estate investor and former Republican candidate for chairman of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners.

Mumpower has served on Asheville City Council and also ran for Congress.He works as a clinical and family psychologist.

Also elected were Vice Chair Bill Lack, Second Vice Chair Lisa Baldwin, Treasurer Kathy Penland and Secretary Loretta Reynolds.

Elected as members-at-large were Andrew Brooks, Timothy Elkin, Jerry Green, Betty Hudson, and Jerry Rice.

Regarding the election of Mumpower and other conservatives to lead the party, the Asheville Tea Party stated on its website that “many congratulations to all of us for these new BCGOP officers. They are a game-changer and a breath of fresh air of proven conservative leadership.  

“This is a game-changer for us. ATP looks forward to working with these folks on common projects. So glad we were able to help to make this happen. Thank to all who attended the convention to vote for these folks.”

A posting on the ATP webiste asked, rhetorically, “Why it was crucial to elect conservatives to the BCGOP? “Our county GOP’s image has been tarnished by unethical Republican leaders who handed out marked ballots during last year’s primary, a violation of the (GOP) party rules (not ATPAC’s) 

“The local party must recruit quality candidates for EVERY open seat instead of leaving them unfilled; Buncombe Democrat for NC House had NO Republican opponent for the state legislature last year! Unopposed Democrat judges are legislating from the bench in Buncombe. Sponsoring a campaign school for candidates and volunteers is a must.

“Vetting potential candidates is crucial — they must support conservative Republican principles. NO MORE RINOS!”

Meanwhile, Mumpower said he would like, as chair, to “celebrate the guiding principles of the Republican Party as summed in three core missions, including:

 • “Protect the resources, properties and liberties of American citizens.

• “Promote the American Success Equation – Liberty + Opportunity + Responsibility = Prosperity

• “Preserve the U.S. Constitution and its core dedication to big people and little government.”



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