Thursday, May 13, 2010

New Leadership of Spotsylvania GOP Takes Office

Volunteer Fireman, Teacher highlight new leadership in county’s Republican Committee

April saw new leadership elected to the Spotsylvania County Republican Committee, including several firsts for the Spotsy GOP.

Steven Thomas was elected Chairman at a Mass Meeting, becoming the first chairman who is also a Volunteer Fireman, as well as the first county GOP Chairman who hails from the part of Spotsylvania in the 7th Congressional District (Livingston District). Thomas, a local businessman who is a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Spotsylvania, commented, “I am honored to take the reins of an organization with a proud history of standing up for the taxpayers of the county, even when it is difficult to do so. Such idealism will serve us well as we fight for Spotsy’s taxpayers over the next two years.”

Patty Mellott was elected 1st Vice Chair for the SCRC, becoming the first woman and first public school teacher elected to the top two posts in the county GOP. Patty Mellott is a life-long conservative and Republican. Patty graduated from the University of Mary Washington and has a Master’s of Mathematics Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a high school computer programming teacher and has been employed by the Spotsylvania County Public Schools since 1999. Patty is married to Scott Mellott and they have two children who attend the Spotsylvania County Public Schools. The family lives in the Chancellor District and attends church at Spotsylvania Presbyterian. Mellott added, “I look forward to working as the First Vice-Chairwoman over the next two years and seeing the committee field great candidates to run for the Board of Supervisors and the School Board”.

Gary Bullis was elected 2nd Vice Chair as well. Bullis, a two-time candidate for Supervisor from the Berkeley District, will focus on increasing Committee membership, especially from the rural parts of the county. He served on the Spotsylvania County Citizens Budget Advisory Committee and is currently serving on a Special Grand Jury to combat Crime and Gang Violence in Spotsylvania County. He is member of the Congressman “Cantor Advisor Committee”, the “97th District Advisory Committee” and The “McDougle for Virginia Advisor Committee”. He was recently reelected as President of the Rockland Creek Estate Homeowner’s Association.

Mechelle Sharp, a local business leader and realtor, was elected 3rd Vice Chair, and will focus on the Committee’s Precinct Captain operations. She has two smart wonderful girls and a supportive husband, and is a realtor with Long and Foster Realtors Fredericksburg office. Mechelle adds, “I have taken this country and our freedoms for granted and have realized that I can't do this anymore. It is time to give back and stand up for all the wonderful people who have given their lives to make our lives and our country better. As Nike Says . . . Just do it!”

Michele Trampe, a local businesswoman from the Salem District, was elected the group’s Treasurer. Ms. Trampe is currently employed with Genworth Financial, Inc. where she has held Finance leadership positions in their Retirement and Protection segment, including her current position as Vice President and Controller – Accounting & Reporting. Prior to joining Genworth Financial, Inc. in 2003, she held positions with Ernst & Young, United States Enrichment Corporation and ULLICO Inc.

Joining them in the Committee’s leadership will be local activists Robert Stuber, Ann Heidig, Al King, DJ McGuire, Chris Yakabouski, Scott Mellott, Linda Bullis, Lynn Paschal Smith, and Eric Martin.

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