Party Leader? Or A Legislator Within The Party?
Terminology matters and often people use the phrase "party leaders" when referring to their favorite Republicans. Technically this is incorrect.
There is a difference between elected officials (legislators) and the Republican party's actual LEADERS, they are not the same. The actual leadership of the Republican party is often unknown to the general population. It's not like these people are hiding. They are just not given the celebrity status that those in D.C. and state capitols are given. If you are reading this, it means you have found the Republican leaders within Hillsborough county.
The biggest difference between the two is their areas of focus. Legislators are working on bills for their county, state or the nation. There is no real connection from county representatives to state or even nationally.
The Republican party is a complete organizational structure it starts at the precinct level. Precincts generally comprise of 4-5 neighborhoods. There are a number of people who represent their precinct at the county level. This is called the Republican Executive Committee (REC). Once a month these people get together to conduct official business. The monthly meeting is lead by the leadership that is elected from within the group. This is the most important position in all of politics. These people are the ones who are the closest to the voter and help to elect qualified candidates who represent them.
From the REC, there are 3 people from each county who meet on a quarterly basis with every other county from the state. This group is called the State Executive Committee (SEC). One is elected by all of the precinct committee men and women, they are the Chairman. The other two are elected by all Republicans from within the county, one is the State Committeeman and the other is the State Committeewoman. The quarterly meetings consist of training to help counties succeed in future elections. There are a number of committees from within this group that focus on a number of different issues from voting to outreach and other pertinent information.
from the SEC, there are also 3 people who represent the entire state at the next level you may be familiar with and that is the RNC, the Republican National Committee. There is a State Chairman and a National Committeeman and a National Committeewoman. These people represent the issues that matter most to their respective states on the national stage.
There is a clearly identified hierarchy that is established within the party. The number one goal of all of these entities is to elect qualified candidates who will best represent each of our communities. With all of that said, here are the links to the Republican leaders for our county as well as the elected officials who represent us and those running to represent our county in the future.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY REPUBLICAN CLUBS
ALAFIA REPUBLICAN CLUB
Location: O'Brien's Pub & Grill 701 W. Lumsden Rd. Brandon
Time: Third Monday of each month. Social 6:00 p.m., business 6:30 p.m.
**New Club: HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BLACK REPUBLICAN CLUB – Everyone Welcome! **
Location: 5508 N. 50th Street, Ste 24, Tampa, FL Some food/drink provided.
Time: 4th Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm
President: Ellen Snelling
GREATER BRANDON REPUBLICAN CLUB (GBRC)
Location: Crafty Crab Restaurant, 704 E Brandon Blvd, Brandon, FL 33511.
Time: 1st Tuesday of each month. Social at 6:30 p.m. Business at 7:00 p.m.
HILLSBOROUGH WOMENS’ REPUBLICAN CLUB FEDERATED
Location: Glory Days Grill, 14457 North Dale Mabry Hwy Tampa Florida 33618.
Time: 3rd Wednesday of the Month at Meeting Time: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
President: Roxanne Bunting: [email protected].
NEW TAMPA REPUBLICAN CLUB (NTRC)
Location: Compton Park
Time: 3rd Tuesday of every month. Social at 6 pm. Meeting 6:45 pm.
***September's meeting will be Sept 27th (4th Tuesday) and will return to 3rd Tuesday in October.***
NORTH HILLSBOROUGH REPUBLICAN CLUB (NHRC) No meetings in December or July.
Location: Carrollwood Country Club, 13903 Club House Drive, Tampa.
Time: 2nd Tuesday of each month. Social at 6:00 p.m. Dinner & meeting at 7 p.m.
Reservations: Roxanne Buntin [email protected]. RSVPs must be in by the Monday night before the meeting. NHRC Club Annual Dues: $20 due each May; No Shows Will Be Invoiced, All Republicans welcome. The candidate’s staff may attend without having dinner.
President: Susan Nicely, VP-John King, Sec.-Sandy Danyluk, Treas.- Kaye Shannon
PLANT CITY REPUBLICAN WOMEN FEDERATED
Location: Meets in various locations in Plant City
Time: 4th Thursday of the month. Social: 6:30 pm, Meeting: 7:00 pm
Sherry Scheitler, President: [email protected] or 214.529.8372
PRECINCT 927 GOP REGISTERED VOTERS
Location: 1010 American Eagle Blvd., Sun City Center, FL
Time: 1st Thursday of even months at 10 a.m.
President – Jack Norden at [email protected]
RIVERVIEW REPUBLICAN CLUB
Location: Donovan’s Meatery in Winthrop, 11206 Sullivan St., Riverview (Location subject to change – check FB).
Time: The last Monday of every month at 6:30 pm Riverview. 6:00 social time.
SOUTH SHORE REPUBLICAN CLUB
Location: Alpha Pizza House, 1312 Apollo Beach Blvd., Apollo Beach
Time: 1st Thursday of each month
President: Bob Emerson at 813-613-5279 or email [email protected]
SOUTH TAMPA REPUBLICAN CLUB
Location: Sociale Italian, 5427 Bayshore Blvd, Tampa
Time: 3rd Wednesday of the month. Social 6 PM, Meeting 7 PM.
SUN CITY CENTER REPUBLICAN CLUB
Location: St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 W. Del Webb Blvd, Sun City Center.
Time: 4th Tuesday of each month. Social: 1:30 pm, Meeting: 2:00-3:00 pm
TAMPA BAY YOUNG REPUBLICANS (TBYR)
Location: The Barrymore Hotel but is subject to change per meeting.
Time: 4th Tuesday of every month.
The Young Republicans require all members be aged 18-40, but all ages are welcome to attend meetings and become associate members. Our membership dues are only $50 per year and $25 per year for current students. Associate member dues are a minimum of $25 per year.
TAMPA REPUBLICAN WOMEN FEDERATED
Location: Besito Mexican - 205 Westshore Plaza, Tampa FL 33609
Time: 1st Tuesday of each month. Social at 5:30 p.m. Meeting at 6:30 p.m
TEMPLE TERRACE AREA REPUBLICAN CLUB (TTARC)
Location: Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club, 200 Inverness Ave., Temple Terrace, FL 33617. (Food purchase optional)
Time: 1st Thursday of each month. 6 pm Social, 6:30 pm (pre-ordered) Dinner Served (RSVP with your meal order to: [email protected]), 7 pm Meeting. Club dues are $20 (Individual) or $30 (Couple).
VALRICO AREA FEDERATED REPUBLICAN WOMEN (VAFRW)
Location: The Shrimp Boat Grill, 1020 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico, FL 33596.
Time: 2nd Tuesday of each month. Social time at 6 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m.
President: Kathleen Brownell @[email protected].