In a surprise move today, Mike “Big Mike” Hawkins, life-long Catlett resident and business owner, declared his candidacy for Chairman of the Fauquier County Republican Committee.
A copy of his “Declaration of Candidacy and Petition” arrived in our inbox this afternoon. We contacted Hawkins shortly after receiving his petition.
Hawkins, who in past years has been involved in a long running battle with the County government which at one point led to a mulch fire on his construction yard in Catlett which cost him $150,000 in material, said “It’s time for a Trump in this county” (referring to Presidential Candidate Donald Trump).
Hawkins says that awhile back he tried to join the Committee and his check and filing form were returned to him. “They told me they didn’t want me” he said, “I understand this year is different.”
After that rejection, he did his homework, and learned that his woes with the County government might have an ultimate solution through the Republican committee.
“I read somewhere awhile back, in a letter from Hope Porter I think it was, that said something like Republicans [FCRC] control county government because most of the voters in Fauquier are Republican. I thought about that a bit and said, you know she’s right. So I figured that to fix the county I have to fix that committee. What better way than to run it. I’m gonna’ “Trump” them folks.”
The election for all Republican committee members takes place every two years, and this year it will be on April 2nd from 9 am to 5 pm, and it will be conducted at two polling locations, a change from previous years.
The Republican website says, “This election shall be held on the 2nd day of April 2016 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and conducted concurrently at two locations: the Warrenton Community Center, 430 E Shirley Ave, Warrenton, VA 20186 (or its alternate site); and the Remington Lions Club 11326 James Madison Hwy, Bealeton, VA 22712 (or its alternate site).”
Unlike past years, voters will also be required to sign a statement saying they are in accord with the principles of the Republican Party in order to participate in this year’s Canvass. The principles to which this statement refers, are embodied in the Republican Creed HERE.