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Congratulations to Rep. Carolyn Justice!

Posted on Sep 4, 2015


“I would like to congratulate former Rep. Carolyn Justice on being presented with North Carolina’s  highest civilian honor, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. After years of public service as a past Pender County Commissioner, State House Representative, and state party vice-chair, Rep. Justice demonstrates the highest level of citizen service to her state and community through selfless dedication of her time and experience. I am certain that she will continue to work tirelessly and advocate for the cause of her fellow North Carolinians.” – Michael Franklin, Chairman New Hanover County GOP

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NHC GOP Veterans Initiatives Committee

Posted on Aug 14, 2015

The New Hanover County GOP recognizes that the needs of our military veterans are unique and ever changing. As the population of brave men and women who have served in the armed forces continues to grow in New Hanover County, it is necessary to provide them with a voice within our local party. To that end, I have established the Veterans Initiatives Committee and am proud to appoint Hank Thomas as Chair.
Mr. Thomas spent over 29 years proving his leadership skills after enlisting in the United States Army. Over the course of his distinguished career, he rose to the rank of Command Sergeants Major, the highest rank attainable for an enlisted soldier. He served two tours in Iraq and his military awards include two Bronze Stars and the Legion of Merit. Hank is a graduate of the Army’s Sergeants Major Academy. Without a doubt, Mr. Thomas understands the needs and concerns of local veterans in our area and will be a passionate advocate to their cause. We are proud to have him lead this committee to voice the concerns of our local veterans.
If interested in being a member of the committee, please contact Mr. Thomas directly at
– Michael Franklin, Chairman
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Chairman’s Statement on the Recent Resignation of Todd Poole

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

NHC GOP statement on NCGOP Executive Director, Todd Poole’s resignation:

“We thank Todd for his dedication and service to the Republican Party over the last two and a half years. Our continued supermajority in the state legislature, defeat of Kay Hagan, and numerous congressional victories throughout the state are no doubt due in part to Todd’s efforts in organizing, fundraising, and commitment to conservative ideals. We wish him the best on his future endeavors.” – Michael Franklin, Chairman

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Republican County Commissioner Chooses Increased Spending Again

Posted on Jun 24, 2015

Result is an Unnecessary Tax Increase


(Wilmington, NC) The Republicans of New Hanover County are very discouraged that a majority of the county commissioners have voted to commit to a budget for next year that requires a 3.6% tax increase. This amounts to an additional $6 million dollars in taxes to be shouldered by the property owners of the county. Commissioner Beth Dawson once again sided with Democratic Commissioners Rob Zapple and Jonathan Barfield, this time passing a tax increase as well as adding yet another half amillion dollar new, redundant welfare program to the budget. We commend Republican Commissioners Woody White and Skip Watkins for proposing a fiscally conservative alternative budget that would have cut spending and kept taxes flat while both maintaining our top credit rating and healthy emergency cash reserves.

County Republicans are asking why Commissioner Dawson supported an unnecessary tax increase when she publicly committed to not raise taxes both during her election campaign and again only recently to a fellow commissioner. As the new tax bills are mailed out, many more people will be asking this same question.

New Hanover Republican Party
Michael Franklin, Chairman

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