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Carroll Republicans open headquarters in Finksburg, chairman predicts record voter turnout

The Carroll County Republican Central Committee opened the doors of its headquarters Saturday morning surrounded by supporters and candidates for office.

The facility at 2970 Dede Road in Finksburg is the rallying point for local Republicans heading into the 2020 general election.

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“We certainly are behind President Trump, Vice President Pence in their bid to get re-elected and I believe they will," committee Chairman Dave Brauning Jr. said prior to the headquarters opening. "There’s a lot of excitement in Carroll County for both the local races and the presidential race.”

The committee invited a number of local candidates to the festivities, which were held outside of the building to allow for social distancing. Those who enter the headquarters are expected to follow state COVID-19 guidelines, Brauning said.

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Congressman Andy Harris, Del. Haven Shoemaker, R-5; state Sen. Justin Ready, R-5; commissioners Richard Weaver and Dennis Frazier, Judge Richard Titus and school board President Donna Sivigny were among the elected officials who turned out for Saturday’s opening. Carroll County Sheriff Jim DeWees was also scheduled to make an appearance.

“I think the enthusiasm in Carroll County for the elections is very good," Brauning said.

Like their Democrat counterparts, the Republican committee has adapted to COVID-19. They’ve held meetings virtually and gathered in small, spaced out groups outdoors, according to Brauning. There’s no door knocking to campaign for candidates.

Fortunately for the committee, it completed the bulk of fundraising prior to the pandemic shutdown. Brauning said they held a sportsman’s raffle, in addition to dinner and breakfast events with speakers.

“We got lucky with that," he said.

The headquarters will be a place where people can register to vote and pick up yard signs and bumper stickers. Brauning estimates they’ve given out nearly 200 President Donald Trump yard signs so far. Just as Carroll County Democratic Central Committee Chairman Don West reported having Republicans telling him they plan to cross over and vote for Joe Biden, Brauning said he has heard from Democrats who say they plan to support Trump.

“I believe this will be a record turnout for voters in all the races because of what’s at stake," Brauning said. He encouraged people to get out, vote and support Republican candidates.

The Carroll County Republican Central Committee headquarters is open Tuesday and Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information about the committee can be found online at www.ccgop.net.

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