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The Local Agenda: Pilgrim takes over Hall GOP
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Debra Pilgrim was elected chairwoman of the Hall County Republican Party on Saturday at the organization’s convention.

Pilgrim has previously served in executive positions for the party, including first vice chairwoman.

Pilgrim’s goals during the course of her two-year term begin with one thing.

“No. 1, I think everything lies with education,” she said.

The Hall GOP is often confused for other Republican groups in the county, such as a club in South Hall and a women’s meeting group, Pilgrim said. 

She said she hopes to remedy this with the aim of growing party membership rolls and increasing voter turnout.

It’s also important for the party to inform voters about candidates and issues, Pilgrim said.

“Politics is very personal,” she added. “It affects your life. Oftentimes, the communication does come from the Hall County GOP.”

Pilgrim said the executive committee intends to regularly review bills at meetings and relay to members the party’s position.

“It’s always a team effort, I believe,” she said. “We’re ready to get to work.”

City Council has light agenda

It’s a light agenda tonight for the Gainesvile City Council.

With departmental goals and budget presentations occupying most of the time in the last work session, council members will hear an appointment to the parks and recreation board and a resolution approving the use of Homeland Security grant funding.

Finally, council will vote on an ordinance amendment allowing hearing officers to impose monetary fines for code violations.

City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. in the municipal courtroom at the public safety complex, 701 Queen City Parkway.

Joshua Silavent covers government issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with him: