Republican club forms in Mount Airy

November 28, 1993|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer

Mount Airy Republicans have formed a new organization to get out the vote next year.

"We're going to have a grass-roots effort and really try to make things work for Republicans in '94," said Wendi Peters, vice president of the recently created Greater Mount Airy Republican Club.

"It seems there's a lot of interest out here. We just need to get it organized."

Club leaders hope to attract members from Carroll, Frederick, Howard and Montgomery counties.

The group is Carroll's seventh Republican club, said Thomas W. Bowen, chairman of the Carroll Republican Central Committee.

"The strength of the Republican party has been clubs," he said.

Carroll Democrats have three clubs.

Registered Republican voters outnumber Democrats in the county by 31,164 to 28,446, according to the Board of Elections.

Terry Turner of Germantown in Montgomery County, treasurer of the new club, said he hopes members will emphasize "the values of the party -- smaller government, less taxes, pro-family."

Gary P. Frey, 42, of Mount Airy, is club president and was the driving force behind starting the group this summer.

He is a self-employed real estate salesman and Carroll native. He said that as he got older, he realized he wanted to become more involved in the political process.

"You want to help out. You want to feel a part of it," he said.

Government is not working well for many Americans, Mr. Frey said. There "are not great advantages for people with the great American dream," he said.

The new club will work to educate voters about issues that affect them, such as crime, Mr. Frey said.

GOP central committees in Carroll and Frederick have recognized the new group as an official club, he said.

The officers have asked the Howard and Montgomery committees for the same recognition.

The group plans to start a membership drive after Jan. 1, Ms. Peters said.

A regular meeting date and place has not been determined.

Ms. Peters, 30, works as a paralegal at the Baltimore law firm of Ober, Kaler, Grimes and Shriver. She is on maternity leave to care for her 3 1/2 -month-old son, Zachary. She chairs Mount Airy's recycling commission.

She has a bachelor's degree in political science and has worked on campaigns for her father, Town Councilman Billy Wagner, and Mayor Gerald Johnson.

Mr. Turner, 25, is a high school teacher and restaurant manager.

He said he worked on political campaigns while he was in college.

The club secretary is Diane Stover of Mount Airy.

For information, call Mr. Frey at 549-1374.

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