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Why I care if North Carolina chooses Barack Obama or Mitt Romney

Updated on November 3, 2012

The making of a political party journeyman

The Challenge

If you wonder where I’ve been for the past year or so, I accepted the challenge of becoming the Precinct Organization Chairman for the Republican Party in Mecklenburg County; the largest county in North Carolina.

When the Chairman of the Mecklenburg County Republican Party asked me to meet him for lunch I figured that I was in trouble; which is usually the case, because I tend to have strong opinions and can be controversial at times. I am a triple-threat; a fiscal and social conservative with a Biblical world view. When I was younger, all three of those were considered as normal.

I had been the Precinct Chairman for my home precinct for about a year and had a reputation for keeping the voters in my precinct up to date on current political news and events that I felt might be interesting to them.

Instead of taking me to task for my aggressiveness, he asked me if I would consider becoming the Precinct Organization Chairman for the whole county. That was something to think about. Instead of being responsible for one precinct, I would now be responsible for managing 195 of them.

Lots to do

I accepted and began to do what I could to find precinct chairmen, vice-chairmen, secretaries, block captains, poll watchers and other much-needed volunteers, in order to fill quite a few important vacancies. In a couple of instances I have had to replace nonproductive staff members with more productive ones.

In addition to personnel responsibilities, I also have to make sure that all of the voter guides, volunteers to distribute them and candidate signs are available at every polling site during every election cycle; including primary and pesky runoff elections.

I’m not going to bore you with administrative details but I can tell you that I have been busier than the proverbial one-armed paper hanger.


Today is the last day of early voting and next Tuesday should be the day of reckoning.

On November 6 we will choose a new President and a new Governor. If Mitt Romney is elected President, Pat McCrory becomes the Governor of North Carolina and a few local races turn out the way I want them to, then it will all have been worth it.

After Election Day 2012

On Wednesday morning November 7 I will get up early, have a cup of black coffee, breathe a deep sigh of relief and then get ready to start the process all over again.

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    • DiamondRN profile image

      Bob Diamond RPh 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

      "I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness." -- 1 Timothy 2


      It's a hard thing that You ask us to do, Father! I don't feel like praying for some of our leaders; but You are God and I must obey You, so I pray that all of our leaders would come to know You and that they would govern with wisdom and righteousness.

      In Jesus' name, Your servant, Bob

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      Sam 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Hey DiamondRN, so good to see you back. I've been missing you, but so glad to see that you've been soooo busy working on the right side. Elections tell us all a lot and this one sure did. It's so sad to see the real concern of those that voted and the outcome of the national elections despite the hard work of so many true Americans. God does give grace, and we certainly need a lot of that as a nation. Voted up and interesting. Thanks for your efforts and successes in your state...

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      I am glad to know you are doing something so worthwhile and I certainly hope the election goes your way. I fear for our country otherwise as the lack of jobs and the massive spending must stop! Great to see you on Hubpages again.

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      Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Just trying to teach her the economic axiom of you can't continue spending more than you make and if you just tax people more instead of changing your spending, there WILL be an uprising should do it. I think that is the problem.

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      Bob Diamond RPh 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

      Thank you for your kind comments, Becky!

      Your daughter should turn out fine if you are successful in teaching her about responsibility and consequences.


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      Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Very nice hub. It is good to have dedicated people who will do the job. It is so hard to find someone who will get the job done. They want the title, they want the prestige, but when asked to do something, they often find that they have other things which are more important to them. Kudos on doing a great job.

      I am hoping for Romney also and my 15 year old daughter is a staunch Obama fan. It drives me crazy when she starts preaching the lies that he promulgates and won't listen to me when I try to correct her false impressions. She thinks that I am deluded, she will find out how deluded she is someday. Hopefully before she is old enough to vote.