Inaugural “First Look” Party a HUGE Success!

Over 150 Republicans of all ages got together on Saturday, July 27, for the RARC’s inaugural “First Look” party. Co-chaired by Charles Kostelni, RARC treasurer, and Mattie Quesenberry Smith, the event provided a venue for area Republicans to hear from local and state GOP candidates, and three Independent candidates, for the upcoming November 2019 elections. Kostelni, who served as “master of ceremonies,”  welcomed everyone to the McCaulley Pavilion, Vista Links, and introduced RARC Chairman Doug Smith, who led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer. Smith then read the Republican Creed and talked about the importance of keeping Virginia RED.


RARC chairman Doug Smith welcomes everyone to the inaugural “First Look” Party on July 27, 2019.
(Photo by Ramona Hazera)








Next, everyone enjoyed great food provided by JJ’s Meat Shack, great ice cream from Sweet Things, and great music provided by Peter Farnham, vocalist/guitarist.


(Left) Members of the Ronnie Campbell campaign team served delicious BBQ, potato salad, cole slaw, mac & cheese, baked beans supplied by JJ’s Meat Shack from Buena Vista.
(Photo by Fernando Espinoza)
(Right) Sweet Things from Lexington handed out
yummy ice cream!
(Photo by Ramona Hazera)


After dinner, the 6th District GOP Committee Chairman Jennifer Brown encouraged everyone to Keep Virginia Red, and then the candidates spoke:  Andrew (Andy) Ryan-I*, County Supervisor for Natural Bridge District; Charles Kostelni-R, County Supervisor for Buffalo District; Jared Moon-R, County Commonwealth’s Attorney; Daniel Mowry-I, Buena Vista Commonwealth’s Attorney; Betty Trovato-R, County Treasurer; Ronnie Campbell-R, State Delegate for 24th District; and Elliott Harding-I, State Senate for 25th District.  The featured speaker was our U.S. Representative Ben Cline (R-6th District) who described what is going on in D.C., and what needs to be done.  People expressed many thanks for the opportunity to speak to their representatives and upcoming representatives in person!   (*Member of RARC as of July 2019)

Candidates Charles Kostelni, Daniel Mowry, Andrew Ryan, Jared Moon, Elliott Harding, Betty Trovato.  (Photo by J. Brown)

to all of the following supporters of this, the inaugural “FIRST LOOK” Party for the Grand Old Party of Rockbridge County:  Kendra and Lew Hamilton; Dennis Hawes; Roger Jarrell; Jim Kostelni; Cassie Nix; Torben Pederson; Mare Scott; Murphy Tuomey; Chris Williams.

And the FIRST LOOK could not have happened without all the hard work of planning, scheduling, set-up, clean-up and all that goes into organizing a party of this size. THANKS to members of the event committee:  Ramona Hazera, Pat Anthony, Ellen Campbell, Jan Lowry, Mike Lowry, Doug Smith, Chuck Bedell, Bill Anthony and many others!



Mattie Quesenberry Smith and Chuck Bedell–just TWO of all those who managed this great event!
(Photo by Ramona Hazera)

U.S. Rep. Ben Cline, 6th District with some of those “young” Republicans!  (Photo by Fernando Espinoza)
Del. Ronnie Campbell, 24th District, talking with his supporters.  (Photo by Fernando Espinoza)
(Above) Elliott Harding, candidate for Dist. 25 State Senate seat.  (Photo by Ramona Hazera)
(Left) Jared Moon, candidate for Commonwealth’s Attorney.  (Photo by Ramona Hazera)
A good time was had by all!!!  (Photo by Fernando Espinoza)