The Surry County GOP opened a new office in Elkin for the first time in many years. It is located in the Elkin Antiques and Collectibles Mall at 131 S. Bridge St.
The office was opened due to the growing number of Republican supporters in the county as well as to give supporters a new place to pick up Republican paraphernalia and find out information on republican candidates, events, meetings, and voting, explained party officials.
“The people don’t like to travel to Mount Airy to get information or pick up a sign,” said Dan Kiger, Surry’s Republican Party chairman. “We need everybody to vote, exercise the right to vote. Other than that they would have to go to Dobson to do that. The availability for advertising. People could pick up their stuff here while getting the word out on the party.”
The office also is located close to Wilkes and Yadkin counties, giving people from those counties access to the office.
“We can serve those counties, too,” said Ann Merlo, volunteer and manager of the Elkin office. “A lot of our candidates are the same candidates who are running in those counties so they can stop here instead of going further away to support their party.”
The office was opened by Dr. Richard and Ann Merlo.
Virginia Foxx, U.S. House representative for the 5th district who is running for re-election, will be at the office this Saturday at noon.
“She will be down here Saturday,” said volunteer Kelly C. Wood. “She will be making a stop to speak with the people, see our new office here, and just spend a little time with us. It will be a little meet and greet.”
“There will be state, senator, and county officials there on Saturday,” said Kiger. “It’s just an opportunity for people to stop in, meet the people they are voting for, ask them questions, and spend some time with them. It’s always good to ask questions to a candidate.”
The office is completely staffed by volunteers. The office sells Republican paraphernalia, including hats, advertising, yard signs, T-shirts, buttons, elephant stickers, bumper stickers, and anything that can help to get the word out on the Republican candidates.
“It’s going to be a very important election year and we’re going to do everything we can to elect the right people,” said Kiger. “It’s an opportunity for people to come and register to vote so that everybody has their voice. That’s a right that everybody should exercise.”
Troy Brooks may be reached at 336-258-4058.