By Paul T. Choate
Aug. 13, 2012. The Watauga County Republican Party officially opened the doors on their new headquarters at Shops at Shadowline in Boone on Monday, Aug. 13, in preparation for the November elections.
The party does not always have a physical headquarters. A facility is only rented during election years. This is the first time they have used the current space, though according to Thomas Adams, party vice chairman, they did have a headquarters in the same shopping center about eight years ago.
“[We chose the space] mainly for visibility and it’s easy for folks to stop by and get some information or volunteer,” said Adams. “It’s a great location. On top of that, there were some rumors that the Obama campaign was looking at that site so we decided to get it before they did.”
The headquarters will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and will also operate on a limited schedule on Saturday. It will be staffed by a team of volunteers. Adams said in total the party has between 40 and 60 volunteers, but added that many of them will be performing other duties not related to the headquarters.
Adams said he is anticipating a good deal of foot traffic in the coming months, saying that people had already been stopping in today.
“We always – especially during presidential years – have an increased amount of foot traffic,” he said. “With it being this election year and the location and interest in the campaign I would imagine that we will have quite a bit of foot traffic.”
The headquarters will remain open until a few days after the Nov. 6 election. A formal grand opening will be held at the headquarters, though as of press time details on when it will take place were not available.
“I encourage anyone that is interested to stop by. If it’s just to register to vote or to get a yard sign or some information on candidates it’s all there,” said Adams.
For more information on the Watauga County Republican Party, visit wataugarepublicans.com or call 828-355-9708.