Two key officers of Hempstead County, the County Judge and County Clerk, are all ready in GOP hands; if State Republican Field Director Alex Roundtree has his way, pretty soon more county-level officers will be joining.

Two key officers of Hempstead County, the County Judge and County Clerk, are all ready in GOP hands; if State Republican Field Director Alex Roundtree has his way, pretty soon more county-level officers will be joining.
In his keynote speech to the Hempstead County Republicans on Thursday night in Hope, Roundtree said, “It is the next step; we have the statewide offices, and the majority of the State Legislature.  Counties and county offices are good places to develop new candidates, establish limited government locally, and build a ‘bench’ for future statewide races.”
Roundtree was a GOP strategist for Carly Fiorina’s Presidential campaign during the past election, and although his candidate did not walk away with the nomination, Roundtree said, “It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to work a Presidential campaign; I was happy to do it.”
Now joining the Arkansas State Republican Party office, Roundtree assumes the role of field director, and he has already be formulating plans to further expand the GOP stronghold in the state.
Tenets of the plan that Roundtree shared in his speech include sending a letter to every non-GOP local official in the state, and inviting them to change their affiliations.
“Now is a great time for them to do it; there is a big wave, right now, and they can jump on board.  They can flip to the party that shares their values, and be ahead of the curve for 2018,” he said.
Roundtree offered his contention that Arkansas, particularly southern Arkansas, has many public office holders, who are “closet Republicans” that would easily integrate into the current statewide wave.
“And, they would be welcomed with open arms. To have the turnover in this state that we’ve had over the past six years, Arkansas has become known and respected nationwide for being the fastest growing GOP southern state in the country,” Roundtree said.
Roundtree also said that he saw the state Democratic Party being in a “weaken state in both morale and money.”
Roundtree cautioned that the state GOP did need to avoid the infighting that has plagued the national GOP, particularly in the Congress.
In other GOP news, Roundtree said he expects Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, himself a Republican, to call a special session soon.
“I think some things are going to be visited, and one of those things I hope they look at is making the March primary permanent. It helps us on the national stage, and keeps us in the high profile Super Tuesday primaries,” he said.
Also, Hempstead County GOP Chair Sara Darling called the 2017 Lincoln Luncheon a “resounding success” and said the Hempstead GOP had raised $6,851 locally from the effort.