The Chairman shall preside at all meetings of the County Committee and the County Executive Committee, shall coordinate the political activities of the county, shall assist Republican candidates in organizing, planning, and conducting their respective campaigns in the county, and shall perform other duties as assigned by the County Committee. The County Chairman shall appoint all chairpersons and members to serve on all standing and ad-hoc committees.
A candidate in a contested Party Primary election is not eligible to be County Chairman. If the County Chairman should become a candidate in a contested Party Primary election, he or she shall resign the chairmanship or withdraw from the candidacy within three (3) business day or the soonest of any of the following:
If filed a campaign financial statement report with the appropriate jurisdiction; or
Filing for office.
If the Party Primary is not contested when the Chairman enters the race per any of the two criteria above, the Chairman does not have to resign or withdraw from the candidacy until another candidate enters the race. Determination on when another candidate officially enters the race will use the same two criteria from this section.
The First Vice-Chairman shall assume the duties of the Chairman in presiding over meetings in the absence of the Chairman, coordinate the activities of all the standing committees and any other such committees as the Chairman might establish, assist the Chairman in the selection of effective committee chairmen, assure that the committees are performing their activities, keep the Chairman informed on activities of the various committees, and shall perform other duties as assigned by the Committee.
The Second Vice-Chairman shall assume the duties of the Chairman in the absence of the Chairman and First Vice-Chairman. The Second Vice- Chairman shall, assist the Chairman in the selection of interested and qualified Republicans to fill vacant positions as officers and precinct committeemen assist the Chairman in assuring that the Rules of the Republican Party of Arkansas are observed, and shall perform other duties as assigned by the County Committee.
The Third Vice-Chairman shall assume the duties of the County Chairman in the absence of the Chairman and First Vice-Chairman and Second Vice-Chairman. The Third Vice-Chairman will chair one of the Standing Committees, as well as coordinate the activities of the county committee members, assist the Chairman in the selection of interested and qualified Republicans to fill vacant positions as officers and precinct committeemen, and assist the Chairman in assuring that the Rules of RPA are observed.
The Secretary shall serve as the chief clerical officer of the County Committee and County Executive Committee. Other duties include maintaining mailing lists, sending notices of meetings, agendas for meetings, and recording minutes of the official meetings. The Secretary shall notify the State Party of the roll of delegates/alternates to the State Convention within ten (10) days following their election at the Biannual County Convention.
Minutes of the immediate past meeting of the County Committee shall be read and approved at each meeting of the County Committee. Minutes of any committee meeting shall be available for viewing by any member of the County Committee at any regular meeting of the County Committee.
The Secretary is also responsible for keeping a current roster of the County Committee’s members of the District Committee, and to notify the Secretary of the State Committee, the District Chairman and the District Secretary within ten (10) days after their election to the District Committee.
The Treasurer shall receive and account for all funds paid into the county committee Treasury, issue an official receipt to each contributor, keep a permanent record of all receipts and disbursements and report the financial condition to the Chairman and County Committee. The Treasurer shall serve as a member of the Finance Committee.
The Treasurer shall submit to the Executive Committee, the Finance Committee, and the County Committee a monthly report of actual revenue and expenditures by line item. The Treasurer shall prepare other written reports that the Executive Committee or the Finance Committee may require.
The Treasurer shall cause to be prepared and filed all financial reports required by federal, state and local laws, including payroll tax returns, income tax returns and campaign finance disclosure reports and shall be responsible for assuring the accuracy of such reports. The Treasurer shall monitor and supervise the preparation of such reports and shall sign reports as a duty of that position.
The District Committeeman/Committeewoman and District Committee Members shall attend the District meetings and appropriate political functions, vote on party policy matters and election of District officers, reflecting the will and interest of the County Committee, and inform the County Committee on actions and decisions adopted by the District Committee.
The State Committeeman/Committeewoman shall attend State Committee meetings and appropriate political functions, vote on party policy matters and election of state officers, reflecting the will and interests of the County Committee, and inform the County Committee on actions and decisions adopted by the State Committee.
Immediate Past Chairman
The following list is a quick guide to the elective offices for officials and representatives. The list includes city, county, state, and national offices for persons representing the voters of Garland county and includes a brief summary of responsibilities, terms, and qualifications:
City of Hot Springs:
- Mayor – Executive officer of the city. Represents the city at all official functions, presides over city board meetings and is the official liaison to governmental bodies and civic groups. – Elected at large within the city for four year terms.
- City Director (6) – Forms the board, the legislative body of city government. Sets policy for the city government. Appoints a city manager who implements their policy, and runs the city’s day to day operations including managing employees under board’s supervision. Elected by district to four year terms.
- County Judge – Chief Executive Officer of the County – Presides over Quorum Court, without a vote, but with veto power- hires county employees – sits in a judicial role, presiding over the county court in certain restricted matters. Elected for two year terms – must be at least 25 years of age, bondable, a qualified voter & resident of the county. Elected for two year terms.
- Quorum Court (13) Justice of the Peace (JP) elected by District – The legislative body of the County that meets monthly. – Justices are elected for two year terms and must be a resident of their district. Elected for two year terms.
- County Sheriff – Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the County, sheriff of the courts. Is responsible for the county jail and all prisoners. Elected for two year terms.
- County Clerk – the official bookkeeper of the county. Serves as the clerk for the county, quorum and probate courts and as secretary of the Board of Equalization and records the minutes of their meetings. The County Clerk is the official voter registrar, issues marriage licenses and keeps a record of all firms in the county, which have incorporated and also is responsible for payroll records and accounts payable – Elected for two year terms.
- Circuit Clerk – The Circuit Clerk is clerk of the courts and also acts as the ex-officio recorder for the county, and swears in all notaries public. Also is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, surety bonds and is the county collector of child support – Elected for two year terms.
- County Collector – is the collector of taxes for the county and collects municipal, county, school and improvement district taxes and turns them over to the County Treasurer – Elected for two year terms.
- County Assessor – The Assessor’s Office is responsible for the administration of the property tax system. Assessors are responsible to identify property for the purpose of imposing property taxes, value such property to determine basis of taxes, and list the property on an official tax roll – Elected for two year terms.
- County Treasurer – the disbursement officer of the county – is responsible for the custody and disbursement of all county and school district funds. The Treasurer receives county tax collections, and other funds and revenues from various sources. After receiving this revenue, the Treasurer distributes the money to the various taxing units of the county. – Elected for two year terms.
State of Arkansas:
- Governor – Chief executive officer of the state. – Elected for four year term.
- Lt Governor – Elected for four year term.
- Attorney General – Elected for four year term.
- Secretary of State – Elected for four year term.
- State Senator – Districts 19 & 27 – Serve in the state Senate – Elected for four year terms.
- State Representatives – Districts 23, 24, 25, 26, 30 – Serve in the state House of Representatives – Elected for two year terms.
US Federal Government:
- US President – Elected to four year terms of office on years divisible by four. Must be a native-born citizen of the United States, minimum age of 35 years. President is limited to two terms in office.
- US Vice President – Serves when president is unable to perform duties of the office. Is the President pro-tem of the Senate and votes in the event of a tie. Requirements of office are same as president.
- Senator (2) Elected for six year terms to the US Senate by the whole people of the state. Terms are staggered so no more than one senator is elected in any even numbered year. Minimum age of 30 and 9 year citizen of the US and a resident of the state.
- Representative (4) Elected for two year terms to the US House of Representatives by individual districts. Elected in even numbered years for two year terms. Minimum age of 25 and 7 year citizen of US and a resident of the state.
The Republican Party of Garland County is devoted to advancing the Republican party in the state of Arkansas and promoting Republican candidates for every elective city, county, state, and national office.
The party welcomes new members who share our aims and goals. Look here for information on meetings and activities and to share ideas on how to improve our party and our government. Meetings are usually on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are open to everyone and there is a time for fellowship with refreshments afterwards.
We as Republicans Believe:
- That the individual citizens are willing and capable of managing their own affairs without government intervention;
- That the local, state and national governments must pursue policies designed to encourage individual initiative and induce people to be responsible for their own economic, political, and social well-being;
- The primary function of government is to protect the life, common liberty and property of the governed, to prevent fraud and misinterpretation, and to invoke a common justice;
- That when a function is undertaken by government, it should be performed by that government closest to the people which will provide as much direct control by those affected as reason and wisdom require to assure freedom and liberty to all citizens with justice under the law; and,
- That our national stability and expansion of the free enterprise system can be best assured by application of the Constitutional principles that unite the American People.