Welcome to the Knox County Republican Party!
Friends, it is time to choose a new leader for our local Party. It is a serious position with the responsibility for vetting candidates, building Party support, and leading the Party ticket during elections. This leader will preside over the next presidential election in 2020.
I will be posting statements from those who are seriously seeking the post and I encourage you to contact them and find out what their plan is for the coming 2 years.
Candidates For Chairman
My Name is Randy Pace and I would like the opportunity to serve as the Knox County Republican Party Chairman.
My family roots in Tennessee go back to the pre-civil war days in the small West Tennessee town of Newbern Tennessee (no I am not that old), a small farming community outside of Dyersburg. It was there that I first registered to vote. It was also there that I was encouraged by my father and my love of God and country to do what members have done in my family since our country’s founding. I enlisted in the military.
I am a Retired USN Chief Petty Officer with 24 years of service. I specialized in Engineering, Damage Control Training and Financial Management. I was awarded 3 Navy Commendation Medals, 4 Navy Achievement Medals, 2 Meritorious Unit Medals, 6 Good Conduct Medals, 2 Navy “E” Ribbons, 2 Armed Forces Service Medals, The Southwest Asia Service Medal and Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, Navy Rifleman and Pistol Marksmanship Ribbons, 4 Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, and Navy Surface Warfare Specialist Designation.
I have lived in several states, Illinois, Florida, Maryland, Virginia (twice), California and New Jersey. Upon retirement from the military in 2003 I moved to Medford New Jersey.
Having been elected to public office twice serving as Mayor and Councilman I have a unique perspective on politics and the actual function and role of government.
I am the President of the Fountain City Republican Club, Secretary and Delegate for Precinct 65E and a member in good standing of 10 other Republican Clubs in Knox County. Over the past four years I have been steadfast in my commitment to the Tennessee and Knox County Republican Party.
I have served as President of two Homeowners Associations was a Coordinator for The Yellow Ribbon Club a Veterans Organization, Cub Scout and Boy Scout Leader, Coached Youth Sporting Programs, Honorary Lifetime member of the Rotary Club. I am a resolute and dedicated “Volunteer”.
As a retiree I have unlimited time and energy to devote to making the Knox County GOP the very best it can be and would sincerely appreciate your support. With your support we can make Knox County Republican Party the model for what Tennessee Republicans should expect from their party. I want to empower each of you to use your talent and abilities to affect positive change and grow this organization.
I believe that with current technology, strong communications and a strategic plan, in addition to the wealth of talent we have as a county we can build a stronger party. We must bridge the gap between young conservatives looking to have a positive impact and the wisdom of those of you who have been in the trenches for years. By establishing the following standing sub-committees in support of the County Executive Committee we can secure the positive and conservative political future of not only Knox County, but the City of Knoxville as well.
• Membership and Participation Subcommittee
• Fundraising Subcommittee
• Candidates Subcommittee
• Communications Subcommittee
Knox County and State Republicans continue to hold majorities in local county offices and federal offices. We continue to hold the Office of the Governor We have made no gains in City Offices and lost one state office. An analysis at the precinct level of the last two General and two primary elections indicate that at the precinct level we are losing ground.
Regular and effective communication from not only the Chairman, but from all concerned is imperative. Achievable goals set and monitored will move us towards success.
If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions please do not hesitate to contact me personally.
An open letter to the Knox County Republican Party and all of Knox County,
Over these last few weeks and months, I have been asked to consider running and serving, as your next Knox County Republican Party Chairman. I have sought the Lord’s will, diligently thinking about what is best for my family after these last several years of tough campaigning, and serving as your State Representative in House District 13. It has been humbling, and overwhelming, the level of support and encouragement that I have received during this time.
In today’s world, perception drives our realities, and especially when that perception is being driven by the national media narrative. For too long we have allowed others to define who we are as Republicans in Knox County. We have people who are ashamed to say that they are a Republican; this should never be the case again.
We are Republicans! We believe, not just in limited government, but smart and efficient government. We believe that every child has the right to life. We believe that the Constitution of both the United States, and of Tennessee, should be interpreted by the courts with an eye toward original intent, and not as a living constitution. We believe in the ingenuity and exceptionalism of the American people. We believe in YOU!
It is with this stance, that I humbly submit myself to you, for your consideration and vote, to be your next Knox County GOP Chairman.
I pledge to you these things if I am fortunate to earn your vote on February 23, 2019, at the Knox County Republican Party Convention at Central High School.
1. We will modernize the Knox County GOP communications systems. Too many of our citizens do not know what events, club meetings, gatherings are taking place. Let alone when our elected officials are holding meetings or campaign events.
2. We will engage the young people of Knox County as they are our future. Over these last few years, I have had the privilege to have dozens of UT College students as interns. They have endless energy and an incredible desire to serve this party. We need to give them a seat at the table.
3. We will prepare for the 2020 election unlike at any time in our past. Our electorate is more divided than ever and we will no longer let OUR narrative be set by anyone, but us. While the national stage will be a focus, we know that our local races have to take a priority for the Knox County Republican Party.
4. We will work to train and recruit the best and brightest candidates to run for office, and we will support them with unparalleled training and support.
5. We will work to build our financial war chest, to financially support the candidates we put forth for public office.