On Saturday, January 14th, the Macon County GOP held a general meeting and "Meet & Greet" for members and congressional candidates. The event was held at the Boiler Room in Franklin. Six of the eight Republican congressional candidates attended (Spence Campbell, Dan Eichenbaum, Jeff Hunt, Vance Patterson, Chris Petrella, and Kenny West).Jim Clayton attended on behalf of Mark Meadows. Phil Drake delivered a very moving invocation and GOP member Grace Johnson, who led the Pledge of Allegiance, was recognized for her twenty-four years of service in the Army Nurse Corps, retiring as a Lt. Colonel(entered service in 1968).
About 80 people attended, including Senator Jim Davis, Representative Roger West, Commissioners Kevin Corbin, Ron Haven and Jimmy Tate, former Commissioner Harold Corbin and three former Macon GOP Party chairman. Helen Carpenter received the Republican Party’s Hall of Fame Award. The award was presented by GOP District Chairman David Sawyer to Helen, and posthumously to her husband, former State Senator Bob Carpenter. Dan Forest, candidate for Lt. Governor was the guest speaker.