East Wake Republican Club

March Meeting

Thursday, March 6, 2014

7:00 Meeting

Smithfield's Chicken & Bar-B-Que
7304 Knightdale Blvd.
Knightdale, NC 27545


Join us at 6:00pm for dinner!

For some of you, Hal Weatherman may be a relatively new face.  You probably met him for the first time on Dan Forest's campaign for Lt. Governor.  However, Hal's experience goes a lot further and deeper than that. He was Congresswoman Sue Myrick's Chief of Staff for nearly 12 years prior to running the campaign for Lt. Gov. Dan Forest.  He grew up in North Carolina, received is BA degree from Wake Forest University and earned a Master's degree from Wheaton College.  He is married to Michelle, they have three beautiful children, and live in the Wake Forest area about 10 minutes down the road from us.  


Hal and Lt. Gov. Forest pulled off what is arguably one of the biggest upsets in recent North Carolina electoral history.  Taking on the well-funded, well-known champion of the SEIU, Linda Coleman, they planned and flawlessly executed a brilliant strategy that employed the grassroots like never before.  In a nail-biter that looked headed for a recount, Dan Forest emerged two weeks after the election as the 2nd Republican Lt. Governor in more than 100 years.  Hal is going to share with us some of the wisdom and lessons from that campaign that will be essential to us motivating voters and engaging the grassroots in East Wake County.

Charles P. Gilliam is no stranger to us.  A native of Thomasville, Charles has literally practiced law around the world!  With extensive corporate and private practice experience, his most memorable legal services were rendered in Europe before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall as he helped to establish trade agreements between the East and West.  Charles has worn the hats of attorney, corporate executive, small business owner, entrepreneur, inventor, and currently Professor.  He trains lawyers and teaches at NC State University.  Many of us know that he is an integral part of the Gardeners of Wake County and enjoys raising vegetables to benefit the Inter-faith Food Shuttle, but did you know that as aninventor he has been awarded more than two dozen patents for his work in technology?  Charles will no doubt handicap the field of judicial candidates up and down the ballot, but will be taking time at this meeting to talk about his race for District Court Judge.

We'll also have the Wake County Convention on March 31, so be prepared to go (You'll need to register for the Precinct Meeting in order to attend)