Packed House at the 2015 Stafford-Morris Dinner

The Following is a Press Release I wrote for the Giles County Republican Committee highlighting the 2015 Stafford-Morris Dinner.

Senator Mark D. Obenshain delivers the Keynote Address at the 2015 Stafford-Morris Dinner

On Friday, April 17, 2015, the Giles County Republican Committee gathered for the third, annual Stafford-Morris Dinner at the Briarwood in Pearisburg. The committee hosted over 75 attendees and welcomed their Republican candidates for the General Assembly along with keynote speaker, Senator Mark Obenshain.

Virginia Senate Candidate, Dr. Nancy Dye addresses the Republican crowd in Pearisburg

Dr. Nancy Dye spoke first about her race for Virginia Senate. Nancy discussed her ideas that will help make the 21st Senate District an economic powerhouse in Southwest Virginia. She explained why John Edwards’ policies are hurting the 21st District, and why it is crucial that we elect new officials. Dr. Nancy Dye is running a positive, policy-driven campaign, and she looks forward to meeting with more Giles County citizens over the coming months.

Delegate Joseph R. Yost gives an update to the attendees

Delegate Joseph Yost delivered an update on what he has been working on in Richmond over the past few months. Delegate Yost had just arrived back from the capitol after a long day of session. He outlined his race for re-election and encouraged the group to remain active in the upcoming November campaign.

Giles GOP Chairman Mae Midkiff accepts a Virginian Flag flown in her honor over the Virginia Capitol Building

Delegate Yost presented Mae Midkiff, Chairman of the Giles County Republican Committee, with a Virginia State Flag that was flown over the Virginia Capitol in her honor. Yost commended Chairman Midkiff and the committee for their hard work during every campaign cycle.

Virginia State Senator Mark Obenshain delivered the keynote address at the Stafford-Morris Dinner. Senator Obenshain reminded everyone about the importance of keeping our Republican strongholds in the General Assembly, and how crucial it is to re-elect Delegate Joseph Yost and elect Nancy Dye as our next state senator.

Obenshain reviewed the liberal record of John Edwards. That record includes voting for more Obamacare and higher taxes. Obenshain reiterated the importance of new leadership in the 21st Senate District, and considered how Dr. Nancy Dye would be a conservative leader in the Virginia Senate.

Chairman Mae Midkiff reflected on the lives of Delegate Jeff Stafford and Chairman Howard Morris in her speech to conclude the event. The two men whom the Stafford-Morris Dinner is named after were role models for Chairman Midkiff and the new generation of Republican leaders in Giles.

The Giles County Republican Committee conducted a 2016 straw poll, and Senator Marco Rubio won the contest. Governor Scott Walker and Senator Rand Paul followed close behind. As the Republicans in Giles gear up for the 2015 elections, they are also excited for a busy year in 2016. With a strong field of candidates for the next presidential election, Republicans in Giles and all around the country have much to look forward to.

Giles GOP Vice Chairman Zack Thompson concludes the 2015 Staff0rd-Morris Dinner

Vice Chairman Zack Thompson concluded the event with closing remarks. He reminded the attendees of the importance of the upcoming election and how they could get involved in 2015 and beyond. The Giles County Republican Committee is headquartered at the Howard Morris Center in the Giles Professional Building on Tazewell Street in Pearisburg. You can see more pictures from the event on the committee’s Facebook page: or at

Giles GOP Communications Director, Aidan Williams stops for a picture with friends Hannah Mitchell and Luke Munsey
Pictured Left to Right: Senator Mark Obenshain, Tom Shannon, Widget Shannon, Eric Shannon, and Dr. Nancy Dye
Giles GOP Chairman Mae Midkiff poses with Delegate Joseph Yost and Fmr. Delegate Barbara Stafford at the end of the night
Chris Mann, son of the late Delegate Jeff Stafford, poses with his wife Jennifer, daughter Mallory, and mother, Fmr. Delegate Barbara Stafford
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