A Local Point of View About the National Republican Convention

Attending third national GOP convention is "a privilege."

I will be attending my third Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL, from Aug. 26-31.

I previously attended the 1996 and 2006 national conventions as an alternate delegate. I was elected from the 12th Congressional District which spans six counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. I was the highest vote-getter with over 29,000 votes cast for both delegate and alternate delegate positions between 14 people running.

The 12th Congressional District elected four delegates and four alternate delegates. Each congressional district normally elects three per district, but a handful elect four based on Republican turnout from the previous presidential election in the congressional districts every four years. 

A delegate or alternate delegate is elected by Republican voters every four years in the April primary. Each candidate must secure at least 250 Republican signatures to make the primary ballot.

Then candidates' names are pulled from a "lot selection" to determine the ballot appearance. Each candidate has to file a $25 filing fee to the Pennsylvania Department of State for each position. Then nominating petitions must be notarized and taken to Harrisburg, PA, to make the ballot.

The process happens before the primary and you have 3 1/2 weeks to make the ballot. A candidate must gather the signatures in the winter months—normally January and February—when the weather is not the best. 

The delegates and alternates are responsible for all their expenses, which can cost up to  $2,000 to $3,000 for the national conventions. This covers airfare, host hotel expenses and costs paid to the Republican Party of Pennsylvania for food, ground transportation and various activites.

It can be a costly five to six days while attending.

The local and state Republican parties do not cover any costs at all. This is solely up to the delegates and alternates who got elected from their congressional districts. 

I have been active in the North Hills in the Republican Party for over 20 years.

I have been on the Hampton Republican Committee since 2008 as an elected GOP Committeman from District 11. In addition, I am the elected Republican State Committeeman from the 40th Senate District, which encompasses 12 townships and boroughs in the North Hills.

I am humbled and honored to represent the Republican voters of the 12th Congressional District at the Republican National Convention in Tampa this month.

It is a privilege to attend. 

I will be blogging from the convention for Patch.

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cc August 26, 2012 at 07:28 PM
I can not wait till after Election and we have a real President Romney/Ryan in office and can fix all the mistakes of obummer. I bet every time Romney makes a speech he won't be throwing everything in obummers face as obummer did to Bush. Then again he should because is 4 1/2 years obummer has put us in debt over 10 Trillion.
Erin Faulk August 26, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Luckily, Roger, NASA offers a pretty complete explanation of why it is exploring Mars, and what it hopes to achieve by doing so. I don't believe that "to prove that we can" is listed as one of their reasons, but you can explore the project yourself at this website: http://marsrover.nasa.gov/science/ Additionally, I'm in agreement with Mike and Amanda. There's been a lot of discussion lately about our differences, and it seems like those bases have been covered. Lets move forward in these conversations with a positive outlook.
Jean Smith August 26, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Chef I got a kick out of this today in email and thought I would share Thank You Mr. Obama... ... For slashing Medicare for seniors by 716 BILLION DOLLARS! ... For promoting homosexuality and sodomy! ... For supporting the murder of babies in the womb! ... For putting jobs for illegals before jobs for Americans! ... For protecting the criminal activities of the BATF, DOJ and Eric Holder! ... For secretly and quietly disarming the US Military! ... For assisting our enemies and subverting the US Constitution! ... For turning American against American, black against white... ... For doubling the US Debit with absolutely no results! ... For refusing to enforce US marriage laws! ... For refusing to enforce US immigration laws! ... For stopping the Keystone Pipeline and killing US jobs! ... For forcing every American to purchase bad health insurance! ... For stopping the Keystone Pipeline and increasing the cost of gas! ... For stopping oil drilling in the Gulf and increasing the cost of gas! ... For blocking coal production and increasing the cost of energy! ... For encouraging class warfare, young vs. old, poor vs. rich, black vs white... ... For turning our allies into enemies and our enemies into nuclear superpowers! ... For turning our schools into government propaganda centers... mmm, mmm, mmm! ... For dividing our great nation... citizen against citizen, Democrat against Republican... Vote American This Time! Vote Romney/Ryan
Bunny Lebowski August 27, 2012 at 11:32 AM
The main reason they're exploring Mars is so that when we elect a new king, I can skip town. Just kidding, I like where this conversation is going. Agreed. People need to put aside their differences and talk about what's going on. But do I think people will ever agree on a solution to the national debt? Heck no. I do agree with Roger though, on his point about NASA though. Does it really matter to me when we determine the climate or geography of Mars? Um no. Besides having an impressive fact at my disposal I don't think this concerns me or (more importantly) my tax dollars. Then again, talk to a physics or astronomy professor and they might tell you otherwise. And before anybody goes off on a "NASA is awesome and here's why" tangent I'm using the example of NASA to refer to things the government does that I simply have no use for or don't care about.
Erin Faulk August 27, 2012 at 12:40 PM
I think that's a good point, Bunny. Probably a lot of what's happening on Mars right now doesn't affect the average American, and might not for a good long time. I think it's interesting to follow the exploration though. What's happening right now could appear in the science books—or even the history books—that my children and grandchildren read. All research starts small, I suppose.


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