Northumberland County’s Republicans picked a fine day for their annual picnic last Tuesday, clear skies and pleasantly warm.
The party members gathered at the pavilion behind Rice Hotel/Hughlett Tavern in Heathsville for a brief regular meeting followed by comments from Del Margaret Ransone, who is up for reelection this fall, State Sen. Bryce Reeves of Spottsylvania, who was running for the party’s Lt. Gov. nomination, and State Sen. Ryan McDougle who represents Northumberland in the Virginia Senate.
Ransone noted her Northern Neck roots and consistent GOP positions since she has been in office and promised to keep working to “keep government’s hand out of our back pockets.” She also urged that everyone vote for Reeves, who she has endorsed.
Reeves returned Ransone’s good wishes and said he really enjoyed working with her in the General Assembly. He pointed out that she had been awarded a commendation from the state Chamber of Commerce for her work in the House of Delegates while had been awarded the organization’s commendation to a member of the state senate.
McDougle, who was supporting Ed Gillespie for the party’s gubernatorial candidacy, commended the local committee, noting it may be the most active rural committee in the state.
Committee chairman, John Huber, said 34 party members faithfully gathered for hot dogs, hamburgers and side dishes. Jim Michel, who is not only the committee’s vice-chairman but also apparently its designated grill master, cooked the dogs and burgers. Afterward, unopened packages of food were donated to the food bank, he said.