East Wake Republican Club

Slideshow/Audio from The Great Debate

While we're waiting on video to be ready from The Great Debate, here's the audio file with a slideshow to give you a taste of just how great this event was!



Straw Poll Results



At The Great Debate, the East Wake Republican Club conducted a first-ever dual straw poll.  When attendees arrived they were given a straw poll ballot that was then collected prior to the start of the event.  Then, at the end of the candidate forum, a second identical ballot (uniquely marked) was given to attendees and collected as they exited the venue.


To preface the results, it should be noted that slightly more people cast a ballot in the second straw poll than in the first.  This occurred for various reasons.  People arriving late missed the first poll, and some people failed to turn in their ballot on the first poll.  Ballots for the second poll were distributed while everyone was still seated following the forum and collected as they exited, ensuring that everyone who wished to cast a ballot could easily find a box to deposit it in resulting in a slightly higher number.  This explanation is only significant in the case of Dr. Greg Brannon, who received more votes in the second poll, but his percentage was (rounded) 1% less.


The Results:


Candidate Entrance Poll (#1)
Brannon 52%
Harris 18%
Tillis 15%
Undecided 11%
All others less than 3%
Candidate Exit Poll (#2)
Brannon 51%
Harris 25%
Grant 11%
Tillis 5%
Undecided 3%
All others less than 3%



Food Drive

The East Wake Republican Club is sponsoring a Food Drive to benefit families in East Wake County.  Please bring items to our regular monthly meetings for collection.  We'll have a major push for collection at our summer Red, White, & BBQ event as well.  Below, we have listed the recommended items.




East Wake Republican Club


Recommended Food Items - Below are some suggested items needed for the Food Drive:

  • Canned Vegetables (green beans, corn, peas, potatoes, sauces, tomatoes, etc.)
  • Canned Fruits, Fruit Cups, and Juices/Juice Boxes
  • Soups, Spaghetti Sauces, Mac & Cheese
  • Canned Meats (chicken, tuna, etc.)
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly (plastic, not glass containers)
  • Dry Goods, Boxed Cereal, Crackers, & Healthy Snacks
  • Paper Goods, Trash Bags, etc.
  • Baby Foods, Diapers, & Wipes
  • Pet Food (cat or dog)

It takes a lot of volunteers to make this a big success!


Thank YOU for YOUR support with our Food Drive

to provide food for local families in eastern Wake County!


If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Bryan at (919) 612-4284 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Rhonda Hayes (919) 625-2988 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Press Release - The Great Debate

Contact:  Duane Cutlip                                                                             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Telephone:  (919) 822-2010

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Amid “Debate”, East Wake Republicans Find Unity

Pledge to elect a Republican in the Fall to fill Jesse Helm’s old seat


On Friday night, the East Wake Republican Club hosted a forum for Republican candidates in the U.S. Senate race dubbed, “The Great Debate”, at Hephzibah Baptist Church in Wendell.

Seven candidates participated with the topics of discussion covering jobs, the economy, energy independence, the national debt, and, of course, Obamacare.  While each candidate had a cross section of support among the over 500 attendees, they were all in agreement when it came to the topic of ousting Kay Hagan in November.

Organizers explained the impressive turnout as the result of North Carolinians “waking up”. “North Carolina has always been a common-sense conservative state”, said Duane Cutlip.  “People are concerned with the direction of our country and are coming out in droves to get behind the person they feel can best represent the values of North Carolina in Washington”, he continued.

David Cozart explained, “Kay Hagan has been wrong on the Stimulus. She’s been wrong on the debt. And, she’s certainly been wrong on Obamacare.”

Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest was on hand with brief remarks that promoted unity, and he was joined by several dozen other candidates and elected officials from the area.  Attendees came from at least eight different counties and chairs had to be pulled in to accommodate the crowd.  Two overflow rooms were prepared for those unable to fit in the main auditorium.

The East Wake Republican Club encouraged attendees to vote in the primary election on May 6 and promoted their next major event called, “Red, White, & BBQ” to be held on Saturday, July 12 at 6:00pm.  It was stated that they expected more than 1,000 to attend that event.  It was noted that the event would occur a mere three days before a potential runoff election on July 15.




The East Wake Republican Club is a local organization that advocates for common sense conservative principles. Their special events are normally attended by hundreds of East Wake residents and feature some of the top speakers and politicians in North Carolina.  They routinely reach thousands with their issue advocacy and grassroots efforts.


For more information, visit www.eastwakerepublicans.comor contact Duane Cutlip by calling (919) 822-2010, or through e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2014 Candidates

Election dates are July 15 for the primary runoff, and November 4 for the general election.

Races with primaries are listed first. Only races in the East Wake area are listed.
For a complete list of races in Wake County, visit WakeGOP.org.
For a complete list of statewide races, visit NCGOP.org.

*** July 15 RUNOFF ***

Wake County District Attorney
John Bryant, Attorney
Jeff Cruden, Asst DA



U.S. Senate
Rep. Thom Tillis, Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives

U.S. Congress - District 2
Rep. Renee Ellmers, current Congresswoman and former nurse

N.C. Supreme Court
Associate Justice Mark Martin, current Associate Justice running for Chief Justice
Judge Robert N. Hunter, Jr., current NC Court of Appeals running for Associate Justice
Judge Eric L. Levinson, former Appeals Court and current Superior Court Judge running for Associate Justice
Mike Robinson, Attorney

Wake County Commissioners
Commissioner Paul Coble
Commissioner Phil Matthews
Commissioner Joe Bryan
Rich Gianni, CFO of Ziptronix, Inc., a local semiconductor company

U.S. Congress - District 13
Rep. George Holding

U.S. Congress - District 4
Paul Wright

N.C. Senate - District 15
Rep. Jim Fulghum, current Representative for House District 49 and Neurosurgeon

N.C. Senate - District 18
Senator Chad Barefoot

N.C. House
Rep. Chris Malone - District 35

N.C. Court of Appeals
Judge William Southern, III, current District Court Judge
Judge Donna Stroud, current Court of Appeals Judge
Judge Paul A. Holcombe, current District Court Judge

Superior Court Judge
Judge Paul Gessner

District Court Judge
Charles Gilliam, Attorney, adjunct Professor of law at NC State, and long-standing member of the East Wake Republican Club.

(other races are uncontested)

Wake County Clerk of Superior Court
Judge Jennifer Knox

Sheriff Donnie Harrison

***NOTE: Being listed as a candidate or potential candidate for any of the offices above does not constitute an endorsement by the East Wake Republican Club or its officers.  This information is being provided as a service to our members and supporters.  This list only includes candidates for offices that are in proximity to East Wake County and for which there are Conservative or Republican candidates.


Special thanks to those who ran in the 2014 Primary!

U.S. Senate
Ted Alexander, former Mayor of Shelby
Alex Bradshaw, Hickory resident
Dr. Greg Brannon, physician and Tea Party activist
Heather Grant, nurse practitioner
Rev. Mark Harris, President of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
Edward Kryn, retired physician
Jim Snyder, Attorney

U.S. Congress - District 2
Frank Roche, radio show host and economist

N.C. Senate - District 15
Apryl Major, Republican volunteer and former candidate for NC House

Wake County District Attorney
Jefferson Griffin, Asst DA
Terry Swaim, Attorney

Wake County Clerk of Superior Court
Barbara Moore
Joe E. Teague, Jr.

N.C. Supreme Court
Jeannette Doran, former legal counsel and Executive Director at the NC Institute for Constitutional Law

Wake County Commissioner
Fred Puryear