The Wilson County Republic Party held its annual Reagan Day Dinner at Baird Chapel on Cumberland University’s campus Saturday night.
Reagan Day is an annual fundraising event of the U.S. Republican Party held on local levels. Congressman Diane Black headlined the event as the keynote speaker and state Rep. Joe Carr spoke, as well. Most of the Republican candidates for Wilson County offices attended the event of close to 200 people.
Black addressed many topics, including the national budget, tax increases and immigration reform. She also shared words of encouragement and praise for local candidates seeking office.
“You become so vulnerable to many things when you enter your name,” said Black, “so I have so much respect for anyone willing to put their name on the ballot.”
Black praised the work of the Wilson County Young Republicans and president Hope Johnson, who comprised a video about Reagan, the Republican Party and the country.
“One day the country will be turned over to you,” Black said. “You can’t not be involved in your community.”
Carr opened his speech with praise for the work of the Wilson County Republican Party.
“This is a wonderful event,” he said, “and we travel the state a lot, and we never get tired of doing this. In Wilson County, you have some of the best representatives in the state.”
Carr expressed concerns about the division of the Republican Party by saying it has allowed itself to become a “hyphenated party.” He called for more unity in the group. He also spoke about the Republican national platform, national health care and acknowledged veterans and military personnel in attendance.
The Wilson County Republican Party presented Clark Boyd with a special recognition award. Boyd is former chairman of the Wilson County Republican Party, former president of the Wilson County Habitat for Humanity board of directors and former president of the Lebanon Noon Rotary Club. He served 11 years in the U.S. Army Reserve and Army National Guard and was honorably discharged in 2007 at the rank of captain. Boyd is challenging Sen. Mae Beavers in the Aug. 7 election for the District 17 Senate seat.
Gov. Bill Haslam could not attend the event but sent a letter and video to encourage and rally the party members for this year’s elections.
The Wilson County Republican Party meets every second Saturday of each month at Kevin’s Automotive at 500 S. Cumberland St. For more information, contact Pat Fields at 615-519-1817 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.