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Blocker attends national GOP

Janis Blocker. Photo submitted.

Colleton County resident Janis Blocker is representing her Republican party at the 2016 National Republican Convention.
Blocker, who is an active member of the Colleton County Republican Party and acts as its current chairwoman, was elected to attend the national convention by the state Republican Party. She was among 26 delegates statewide to attend the national meeting. “Of the 46 counties (in South Carolina), only about 25 have delegates and alternates to the national convention,” said Blocker. “Naturally, more are elected from the large counties because they have so much more voting power than the smaller counties.”
Along with other state delegates at the national event, Blocker will have her breakfasts and lunches with “many” of the members of the U.S. Congress, she said. “Of course, we try to get to speak to as many dignitaries at the convention as possible,” said Blocker.
This is Blocker’s third national convention to attend. She also represented Colleton County as an alternate delegate in Minneapolis for the 2008 National Republican Convention and again at the 2012 convention in 2012. She has been chairwoman of the Colleton County Republican Party since 1999. “This is truly the highlight of my political involvement, to be a part of the GOP on this national scale,” said Blocker. “My concern, of course, is that all will go well and that safety and sanity prevail at the convention. I hope the same for the Democratic Convention next week in Philadelphia.”
According to Blocker, Colleton County has eight delegates allowed to be sent to the district and state conventions. Larger counties, like Charleston, can have as many 30-50 delegates. “That is why it is not easy for someone from Colleton to get elected,” said Blocker.
Fellow Colleton County Republican activist Dr. Joe Flowers has been a county delegate to the national event for the last four conventions. In addition to Blocker, Lori Bell Beard was also elected by her local party to attend the national event, but was unable to attend, said Blocker. “We are happy that delegates from other counties support the Colleton candidates,” she said. “Even though our local party is small in number, we try to be involved at the state level.”
The Republican presidential candidate, foreseen to be candidate Donald Trump as the presumptive nominee, will face the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, in the November General Election.

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