The Dare County Republican Party has elected several new officers of the past few months.  Due to resignations for various reasons, vacancies in all four Executive Committee Officer positions were filled recently.  Just last week, we elected a new Vice Chair after long-time party leader Perry White stepped down.  The election for Vice Chair included three nominees:  Francis D’Ambra of Manteo, Maureen Liverman of Colington and Dave Conley of Frisco.  Two ballots were taken as the first resulted in a tie between Liverman and Conley.  The second ballot produced a winner:  Dave Conley of Frisco.  Dave rounds out the new slate of Republican leaders in Dare County.  Congratulations, Dave!

Executive Committee:  Chair, Browny Douglas; Vice Chair, Dave Conley; Secretary, Jim Early; Treasurer, Bryan Oroson

At-Large members:  Carole Warnecki, Hickman Finch, Sandra Clark, Zene Fearing and Rob Hawk

The Dare GOP meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month, in different locations.  Visit their website www.daregop.com

Dare GOP Ex Comm: Bryan Oroson, Treasurer; Browny Douglas, Chair; Dave Conley, Vice Chair; Jim Early (not pictured), Secretary

Dare GOP Ex Comm: Bryan Oroson, Treasurer; Browny Douglas, Chair; Dave Conley, Vice Chair; Jim Early (not pictured), Secretary


The Republican Liberty Caucus of North Carolina will start an official chapter on the Outer Banks tonight at 6:30pm at the library in KDH.  I encourage Tea Partiers across the Outer Banks and eastern North Carolina, and all those who care deeply about the future of our nation, to attend and join this caucus.  The cost to join, normally $45 in annual dues, has been reduced to $15 for this inaugural period.

Now some of you will say, wait, hold on.  Isn’t “Liberty Caucus” code for Ron Paul supporters?  Yes and no.  I concede that, yes, a faction of liberty-minded people have co-opted the term “Liberty” here on the Outer Banks and that they are the driving force behind this new chapter.  However, I cannot concede the term “Liberty” to anyone that would exclude people like me and the founders of Outer Banks Tea Party and others who consider themselves Tea Partiers, from participating in an organization who advocates for personal liberty through the vehicle known as the Republican Party.

The Tea Party movement was started here on the Outer Banks by two patriotic and liberty-loving individuals, Mattie Lawson and Bryan Oroson.  They worked tirelessly and selflessly over the years since its inception to promote the cause of liberty, through the Tea Party and through the Republican Party.  They recognized that the Republican Party was the best vehicle for promoting the cause of liberty.  They re-invogorated the local GOP and encouraged many others to join the cause, including this blogger.  Newcomers like me and Carole Warnecki encouraged still more others, like Jeremy Adams and Shawn Daniels and Tonya Byrum, and those newcomers encouraged still more others.  And so on and so on and so on.  Which brings us to where we are today.  The Outer Banks is a hotbed for liberty.  All this growth, though, has resulted in natural divisions; divisions driven by human nature, exuberance and love for our nation and the principles upon which it was founded.  (more…)