Catoosa County GOP imposes rule to decide who can run as a Republican

Staff Photo by Andrew Wilkins / Members of the Catoosa County Republican Party executive committee, posing at a March convention, were, from left, Sherre Bales, secretary; Ruth Fant, treasurer; Joanna Hildreth, chairwoman; Marie Moore, second vice chair; and Beth Cass, third vice chair. Not pictured was Debbie Morrison, first vice chair.
Staff Photo by Andrew Wilkins / Members of the Catoosa County Republican Party executive committee, posing at a March convention, were, from left, Sherre Bales, secretary; Ruth Fant, treasurer; Joanna Hildreth, chairwoman; Marie Moore, second vice chair; and Beth Cass, third vice chair. Not pictured was Debbie Morrison, first vice chair.

The Catoosa County Republican Party is asserting the power to approve — and possibly disallow — candidates who want to run as Republicans in updated rules filed with the county's Elections & Voter Registration office.

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