Chairman's Corner - New appointments, new candidate for clerk

Monday, August 24, 2020 10:33 PM | Deleted user

This past week Cobb County Republican Party appointee to the Cobb County Board of Elections and Co-General Counsel Neera Bahl accepted a judicial appointment from Governor Brian Kemp and was sworn in last week, requiring her to submit her resignation from both positions.

I personally want to publicly thank Neera for her hard work, dedication, and service to the Cobb County Republican Party and know Georgia is getting a fantastic judge!

However, with the election being so close, now is not the time to place a novice in the position, so I have asked Patrick Gartland to once again serve as our representative on the Board of Elections, an obligation he willing accepted.

A Vietnam War veteran, Pat Gartland previously served on the Cobb County Board of Elections a decade ago. The former Chairman and Executive Director of the Georgia Christian Coalition, Gartland serves as Honorary Chaplain of the Cobb County Republican Party. In 2000, Campaign and Elections Magazine named him one of their "Rising Stars of Politics," an honor the magazine also gave to Ralph Reed, Laura Ingraham, and others.

Additionally, we recently lost another Cobb Republican elected official when Governor Kemp nominated and the legislature confirmed Cobb Clerk of the State Court Angie Davis to serve as the Clerk of the new State Business Court.

Angie Davis and her Chief Deputy, Robin Bishop, were unopposed in both the Republican Primary and the General Election, so Davis's resignation required the Cobb County Republican Party to open up qualifying again for a Special Republican Primary to be held on the same day as the General Election, Tuesday, November 3.

Robin Bishop, who as Chief Deputy was sworn in as the Clerk upon Davis's resignation, was the only candidate to qualify for the open position, which means she will begin her own four year term in January with her new Chief Deputy Rochelle Taylor.

Congratulations to all of our great Cobb County Republicans who show that Cobb County continues to lead the way in the State of Georgia.

Here in Cobb, we will continue to raise fantastic, conservative leaders that Governor Kemp, and any future Republican governors, would be proud to place in key positions of state leadership.

Yours in Freedom,


Jason Shepherd

Chairman, Cobb County Republican Party

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