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Republican Speaker Stresses Party Unity in support of Trump

Former State Representative Joe Carr urged Giles County Republicans to support President Donald Trump’s re-election bid in November and to consider electing a Republican sheriff in Giles County.

He made the comments at the Sept. 15 meeting of the Giles County Republican Party.

Carr is well known for running a strong race in a losing effort against U S. Senator Lamar Alexander in 2014 for the Republican Party nomination.

Carr, from Lascassas in Rutherford County, served in the Tennessee State Legislature with 28th District State Sen. Joey Hensley, R-Hohenwald, whose district includes Giles and five other area counties,

“We are at an inflection point in this country,” said Carr, using a term for a turning point,

“We need to re-elect Trump.”

America, Carr said, was founded on religious liberty, which he said could be taken away if people are not careful.

“Christian people that founded this republic are under constant attack.”

The concept of marriage also has been redefined, he said.

To preserve Second Amendment rights, which deals with the right to own firearms, Carr said a Republican sheriff needs to be elected, a thought echoed by Chris Morris, chairman of the Giles County Republican Party,

Morris urged the election of Republicans to local offices.

The sheriff, Carr said, is one of the most important local officials, he said, due to the authority of and the powers of his office,

In other business:

• Annelle Guthrie, a member of the Giles County Election Commission, said more poll workers were needed to work elections. Volunteers may contact the Giles County Election Commission in the basement of the Courthouse Annex or any county election commissioner, she said,

• “I bring him a lot of interesting legislation from time to time,” State Rep. Clay Doggett, R-Pulaski, 70th District State Representative, said of his relationship with Hensley,

Doggett represents Giles and part of Lawrence counties and said he works closely with Hensley on legislative matters.

Doggett is unopposed in the the Nov. 3 state election in his re-election bid, which Hensley said was a compliment for the first term legislator.

To run unopposed after serving a first term means the opposition party has no candidate with a chance to win, Hensley said,

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