The Lincoln County Republican Club has a new home for the November 2020 elections.
Located inside the former location of the Old Medicine Shoppe pharmacy on Centerline Drive in Troy, the space will serve as the party’s headquarters until after the final ballots have been cast.
The Troy Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Sept. 2 to celebrate the opening, with District 41 Rep. Randy Pietzman wielding the golden scissors to christen the local GOP’s latest location – and he said the location is as important as the upcoming election is.
“The party has had plenty of locations, but this is definitely a new location,” Pietzman said. “With everything going on right now, I think this is a very pivotal election going, especially with the presidential race.”
The current location has been leased to the LCRC by Richard Garrison of Centerline Properties, who said he was running a consulting business out of the same space when Lincoln County District 2 Commissioner Matt Bass walked from his business, Krumbly Burger, across the street to inquire about the space for a possible headquarters for the party for the next three months.
“I’m really excited about it, because I wanted to show people the building,” Garrison said. “Also, (the LCRC) didn’t have a space to entertain dignitaries, or a proper space to speak during their meeting – and this is the perfect space to do that.”
From there, Garrison met with Sue Lister, LCRC president, and the pair made a short-term deal to rent the space.
While the county Republicans are occupying the space, the building will continue to be updated, meaning the club will be enjoying the benefits while using the property, which Lister called a “win-win.”
“I was delighted to talk to Richard about renting the building short-term for a price we could afford, and he was willing to work with us and give us a break,” Lister said. “We are delighted that we found this opportunity.
“In Lincoln County, as a nonprofit, we don’t have a lot of place we can afford here.”
While Lincoln County is considered a very conservative area, Pietzman said Democrats and Republicans want the same things: safe neighborhoods, good jobs, and prosperity. They just have different viewpoints on how to get there, and though he has no opponent in November’s election after running unopposed in last month’s primary, he said complacency is not an option.
“(A November election) isn’t going to make a difference for me, but you’ll see Lincoln County move in favor for (President Donald Trump),” Pietzman said. “However, you see more people who identify as independents than Republicans or Democrats here than anything else.
“I learned that when I first ran six years ago.”