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Welcome to the Macon County, NC Republican Party



April 1st was a beautiful day for the Grand Opening of our new HQ. Some 65 folks celebrated the awesome new space and all it has to offer.

Ms. Helen Carpenter and Mr. Harold Corbin officially cut the ribbon to open the HQ.

Kevin Corbin presented Ms. Helen Carpenter with a beautiful picture/plaque representing all the accomplishments of the late Senator Bob. He also announced the renaming of the Community Building, "The Carpenter Community Center," The new plaque will hang permanently at the community building in Senator Bob's honor.

The HQ is now open for business Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10-3 and Tuesday from 12-5.

Grand Opening of HQ


A Republican Candidate Forum was held on March 29th at 2:00 PM at the Community Building on Hwy. 441 in Franklin. Some 110 energized citizens, many new faces, gathered at the newly named "Carpenter Community Building" to listen to candidates present their views for the upcoming 2014 election.

Judge Eric Levenson from Raleigh, Candidate for NC Supreme Court, representatives for candidates, Southern and Alexander, NC Senator Jim Davis and candidates for 8 other district and local races spoke. While the entire event was spirited, the candidates and the audience were courteous and passionate as the views were presented and questions asked with total civility! It was a great day as Macon County Republicans prepare to go into the upcoming primary better informed to chose our winners in 2014. A slideshow from the event is given below.


Macon County GOP Convention 2014

Saturday, March 15th was a great day to be a Republican in Macon County! Some 160 energized Republican delegates CROWDED into the Community Building for our annual convention. The standing room only crowd came to its feet as The Blue Ridge sang God Bless America and One Nation.

The crowd came to its feet again in honor of Rich and Cate Robb who received special awards for many years of outstanding service to our community and our party. Congressman Meadows awarded Rich a letter that was read into the Congressional Record on Rich's 90th birthday, Jan. 19th, and a US flag flown over the US Capitol on the same day. Senator Jim Davis awarded Rich 2 letters, one signed by the President Pro Tem of the NC Senate and another from Senator Davis himself. Representative Roger West also acknowledged Rich with a letter and a NC flag that flew over Raleigh on Rich's birthday. Lastly, Sheriff Holland acknowledged Cate with a beautiful bouquet of spring flowers. Well done for two most deserving and loved Republicans!

Our hometown favorite Congressman Meadows delivered a stirring challenge to "keep the faith" using a story from the War of 1812. If you were not there, please ask someone to tell you the story Mark told about Fort McHenry. Justice Martin ignited the crowd with his strong appeal for conservative values. What an amazing opportunity for us to get to know the next Chief Justice of the NC Supreme court.


Click Here to see more photos from the convention: Convention Photos



Ashley Welch Announces Candidacy for District Attorney

NOVEMBER 18, 2013
353 Carolina Mountain Drive PMB #134
Franklin, North Carolina 28734
NC State Bar ID# 31591

At the November 16th Macon County Republican General Meeting, Assistant District Attorney
Ashley Welch announced her candidacy for the Office of District Attorney, 30th Prosecutorial
District, in the 2014 election. The 30th District consists of the following counties: Macon,
Swain, Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Haywood and Jackson.

Welch has been a North Carolina Assistant District Attorney for over a decade and has been in
the 30th District since May of 2005. She has a strong record of successful prosecutions and is
currently assigned to prosecute major felony cases in the seven counties of the District.

Welch is endorsed by Macon County Sheriff Robert L. Holland, Swain County Sheriff Curtis
Cochran, and numerous other Law Enforcement Officers.

Welch is a Western North Carolina native and has resided in Macon County since 2005. She is
married to Western North Carolina native Brian Welch. She is a graduate of William and Mary
School of Law, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and East Henderson High School.

Welch completed the National District Attorneys Association Career Prosecutor Course and the
North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys Capital Prosecutors School.

Welch received a Drug Enforcement Administration Certificate of Appreciation For Outstanding
Contributions in the Field of Drug Law Enforcement in 2011 and a North Carolina State Bureau
of Investigation Letter of Appreciation in 2012.



The Macon County Republican Party participated in the Gem Capital Gun Show, in Franklin, on November 9 and 10. We raffled off a donated Marlin .22 semi-automatic rifle with scope, held other successful fund raising efforts and made contact with many new Republican supporters who want to stay abreast of events as we head into the 2014 election cycle.

Photo courtesy of Macon Media

Harold Corbin, dean of "all things Republican" in Western North Carolina, welcomes Governor Pat McCrory
to the Jarrett House, in Dillsboro, on September 12. Governor McCrory lunched and chatted with about 30 people from the area on a myriad of issues. Thanks to the Governor for his frequent trips to the West!


From time to time photos from this page may be moved to our Archive Photo Album. To view these images, click: Archive Photo Album.



Mailing Address:
Macon County Republican Party • PO Box 595 • Franklin, NC 28744
Email: maconrepublicans@gmail


Our Headquarters is now open:
555 Depot St.
Franklin, NC 28734

Monday – Wednesday – Friday
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Phone 828-524-2014

Click to view or download of list of North Carolina 2014 Candidates:
NC 2014 Candidates

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Dan Rather, perhaps best known for his long career as a reporter and news anchor at CBS
, recently visited Franklin, NC and other places in our great State. Click this link to see what Dan has to say about you:
The Joys of North Carolina


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