In a special Hempstead County Republican meeting on Monday night, local officials took the occasion to celebrate several victories of GOP candidates in the county races and recognize those still in races, including Jerry Crane, who faces Democrat Allen Flowers, for Hempstead County Judge in November's General election.

In a special Hempstead County Republican meeting on Monday night, local officials took the occasion to celebrate several victories of GOP candidates in the county races and recognize those still in races, including Jerry Crane, who faces Democrat Allen Flowers, for Hempstead County Judge in November’s General election.
Also, David Peters, a GOP candidate for coroner, sees a familiar face, Democrat Scott Brown, in November as well.
The Hempstead GOP formally endorsed all of the local candidates moving on to the November general election and voted to reimburse their respective filing fees, including $750 for Crane and $115 for Peters, as the local party has traditionally done through its PAC.
Also, the Hempstead GOP approved campaign PAC reimbursements for a number of its winning Hempstead County primary candidates, who faced opponents in May, including Steve Atchley, Troy Lerew, and Karen Smith.
Atchley emerged in a primary and run-off against fellow GOP incumbent Mikki Curtis, while Lerew narrowly got by another GOP incumbent Lynn Montgomery. Smith, the incumbent Hempstead County Clerk, defeated Eva Morehead, who filed and ran as a Republican, in a rematch from the 2016 election.
In addition, the Hempstead GOP selected delegates and alternates for the upcoming 2018 GOP State and District conventions as well as local State committeeman and committee woman.  Lerew was selected State committeeman, while Drury Hoover was tabbed as committee woman.
Haskell Morse was selected as district committeeman and Debbie Marsh as district committee woman.
It was also announced that well-known and respected State District 4 Chair Sharon Wright, who was a long time resident of Hope and a former Hempstead County Election Commissioner, has since relocated to Texarkana and was now a registered voter in Miller County.
Monday night’s special meeting involved a number of state GOP procedural motions that the county-level organizations must conduct every two years. Longtime Hempstead GOP chair Sara Darling actually presided over three special meetings, within the Monday’s special session, to select the delegates and officers.
Darling also gave a brief report a personal trip to New York City, which included a visit by the Trump Towers; Darling said she observed a number of protesters at the building when she was over there.
“I don’t know how he puts up with them,” she said.