Dear Commissioner Royce Bennett

You have posted & shared incorrect information on Facebook about how the Onslow County Republican Party conducts its business. As your Chairman I would like to set the record straight.

“This law would require commissioners to appoint the individual mandated by the party executive committee.”  

What is not explained in this statement is exactly who is actually part of the “party executive” committee.

The Onslow County Republican Party Executive Committee Consists of:

  1. All elected Republican County Commissioners
  2. All elected Republican City and Town Council
  3. Our Clerk of Court and Register of Deeds are Republican
  4. One Republican District Court Judge
  5. 24 Precinct Chairman
  6. 18 At-Large Members
  7. OCRP Chairman, Secretary, 1st Vice Chair, 2nd Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Asst. Treasurer
  8. Immediate Past OCRP Chairman
  9. Onslow County Women’s Club President

If the Commissioners were to get their way, it would be decided by the 4 remaining board members. In my opinion, HB153 brings more people into the process. 4 people shouldn’t get to play judge, jury, and executioner on a vacated seat.

“There are no rules or guidelines that must be followed by the executive committee. 

This is just simply a FALSE statement. The Onslow County Republican Party is governed by a Plan of Organization and Roberts Rules of Order. Our Plan of Organization must be in-line with the NCGOP State Plan of Organization.

“This “committee” could consist of as little as one person or as many as the party desires.”

Again, this is another FALSE statement. As explained in my earlier statement about what the OCRP Executive committee consists of.

“There are no candidate qualifications required and the executive committee members are NOT elected by the citizens.”

Yet, this is another FALSE statement. As stated earlier you can see that there a quite a few members of our executive committee that were elected by the citizens.  Not only that, every two years at the convention, precinct chairman, at-large members, and the board are elected by fellow Republicans….. Now Let’s review. 

  1. All elected Republican County Commissioners
  2. All elected Republican City and Town Council
  3. Our Clerk of Court and Register of Deeds are Republican
  4. One Republican District Court Judge
  5. 24 Precinct Chairman
  6. 18 At-Large Members
  7. OCRP Chairman, 1st Vice Chair, 2nd Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Asst. Treasurer
  8. Immediate Past OCRP Chairman
  9. Onslow County Women’s Club President

(*Basically all Elected Republicans in the county are on the executive committee)

As far as qualifications we have two. One you must live in Onslow County and two you must be a registered Republican.

What qualifications are needed to run for office in Onslow County???  Only one and that is you have to live here.

“I have attended almost all of the party meetings in the last year, and attendance is usually slim. The recent republican party convention was attended by very few voters.”

This statement is actually true; however, my question is did you only start coming to meetings in the past year because you were running for office? Maybe if you were with us a little bit longer you wouldn’t be displaying your lack of knowledge of how the party is organized and how it works

Yes, our organization is small; however, it managed to distribute 20,000 voter guides during early voting and Election Day. We managed to have electioneers at every poll. We also got a referendum on the ballot that expanded the BOC to seven members. We ran an election center that distributed signs and campaign materials. We even collected the signs after the election. Not bad for ‘slim’. I think we’re more lean and mean than slim.

“While I have the highest respect for those who are willing to be involved in our local politics, these individuals are NOT elected and do NOT represent the voters of Onslow County.”

Again, we are repeating ourselves here. We are elected, some of us at the polls, the rest at our convention, and we’re elected to represent Republicans and Republican Values.

“It is not a stretch to assume that one day we may have a county commissioner who is not affiliated with a political party. What happens if this commissioner steps down and there is no party to replace him?”

Since there is no Independent Party in Onslow County the seat would remain empty. Finding that answer took a little bit of research.

“The political make-up of the board may change, political parties may differ, but the citizens at large will never have recourse against the actions of unelected political party activists.”

You prayed with us. You said the pledge of allegiance with us. You broke bread with us.

Now you say we are nothing but party activists. You have turned on the very people that helped you.

Now that is regretable.

Kevin Buffell
Chairman