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Is Hanover Republican Committee Vice Chair Wilson Subject to the 4 Year Party Ban for Disloyalty to the RPV?

UPDATE: In an email conversation with RPV Chairman John Whitbeck, Hanover Chair Nancy Russell and 7th District Chair Fred Gruber, Whitbeck said it was an interesting question and one that should be answered by the RPV General Council. If a group or organization endorses a non Republican facing a Republican in an election, does the rule apply to the individual? Does the individual get a vote? What if he votes no? Nancy Russell agreed to pose the question to the General Council for an opinion.

John Hardy Wilson serves as Vice Chairman of Fundraising for the Hanover Republican Committee. Wilson also serves as Vice Chair of the Friends of Hanover Schools.

And those who read this blog are well aware of the witch hunt being led by the anti-Conservative chairman of the HCRC Nancy Russell.

So I sent the following email to RPV Chairman John Whitbeck and copied Russell on this to try to find out if we have a double standard going on here or not.

Dear Mr. Whitbeck

It has come to my attention that Hanover County Republican Committee Vice Chairman of Fundraising John Hardy Wilson is also the Vice Chairman of an organization, the Friends of Hanover Schools. And while that is not, in and of itself, a violation of the RPV Party Plan, I noticed that Wilson’s organization has endorsed a Democrat, Glenn Millican, who is running against Republican Canova Peterson who is the current Mechanicsville District Supervisor and is seeking a second term.

Now let me state that Glenn Millican is extremely qualified for the position and I am in no way questioning the endorsement here, just Wilson’s continued activity on behalf of an organization advocating the defeat of a Republican in favor of a Democrat.

Participation in Party Actions
SECTION A. Qualifications
2. A voter who, subsequent to making a statement of intent, publicly supports a candidate in opposition to a Republican nominee shall not be qualified for participation in party actions as defined in Article I for a period of four (4) years.

So the question I have is: Has John Hardy Wilson violated the RPV Party Plan Bylaws Article I, Section A, Paragraph 2 by continuing as a high ranking board member of an organization that has clearly violated this rule. Do we have a double standard where conservatives are held to a higher standard in the RPV and it’s Committees?

Or does this rule only apply to personal public support of a “candidate in opposition to a Republican nominee” only and any actions by a group or organization in which the Republican party member happens to hold high office are excluded?

I would appreciate clarification on this as I have witnessed instances where a conservative was considered in violation of this rule because of an endorsement by an organization of a non Republican challenging a Republican.

Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

And for the record, this endorsement by the Friends of Hanover Schools of a Democrat over a Republican happens to be in the district in which I reside, Mechanicsville.

Links to the questioned actions:

Friends of Hanover Schools Members:

Vice-chair: John Hardy Willson works for Gilead Sciences as a Therapeutic Specialist and he is also a parent of two Hanover County Public School students. He is presently serving his second term as the Vice Chair of Fundraising of the Hanover Republican Committee and was recently elected as Region II Vice Chair of the 7th Congressional District.

Glenn Millican Endorsement by Friends of Hanover Schools:

FOHS endorses Glenn Millican

Here is our letter to the editor in favor of appointing Glen Millican to the Hanover County Schools Board’s Mechanicsville seat as published in the Herald-Progress and in the Mechanicsville Local:


Friends of Hanover Schools was organized over a year ago by parents, teachers, and community members. Since then, we have had a presence at almost every Hanover County School Board meeting and have been able to bear witness to the work that is being done by Glenn Millican. While we are impressed with the caliber of the other nominees who were placed into nomination at the Board of Supervisors Public Hearing on May 14th , we are proud to endorse Glen Millican for re-appointment to the Mechanicsville District seat of the Hanover County School Board.

We have been impressed by Mr. Millican’s thoughtful questions when faced with difficult budget and policy decisions. It is clear that he is focused on the core tenets of school leadership: teaching and learning. Mr. Millican provides valuable insight into the issues affecting our school division. In 2012, he rightly called for the hiring of additional STEM teachers, responding to the pleas of over 250 citizens and their concerns about budget cuts. He has supported a plan to have retiring teachers work part time, which would allow them to be more effective with a lightened workload. This plan would also save taxpayers money and keep experience in the classroom at a time when experienced teachers are more likely to leave.

We have respect for Mr. Millican’s commitment to the education of our youngest citizens and for the institutional knowledge that has been gleaned from twenty-four years of service on the school board. When ROTC was on the chopping block in 2010, Mr. Millican was able to help keep it alive by suggesting that HCPS work with the Armed Forces to recruit students to the program. This common sense approach did not cost Hanover citizens anything while saving a program that helps students prepare for their futures.

Additionally, Mr. Millican has always been accessible to parents and school system faculty and staff, and it is clear that he values the input of the citizens of our county. In fact, Mr. Millican was recently quoted in the Herald-Progress as saying that “having people make comments and suggestions is always good.” He has advocated for transparency, favoring public meetings over closed sub-committee meetings.

Friends of Hanover Schools values the experience and open, transparent style of leadership that Mr. Millican provides and feel that it is in the best interest of our schools if he continues on the Board.

Tom White

Mechanicsville District

Hanover County, Virginia.

I will update when or if I receive a response.

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

6 Responses to “Is Hanover Republican Committee Vice Chair Wilson Subject to the 4 Year Party Ban for Disloyalty to the RPV?”

  1. Daryl Carr says:

    The time is coming to replace not only John Hardy Willson, but Nancy Russell and her minions that have propped her up. I have no faith in Whitbeck doing anything, but I believe the People of Hanover will come out to replace Nancy and her small circle of friends.

  2. Bob S. says:

    John Hardy Wilson is a complete failure as Vice Chair of fundraising. Good reason to replace him with someone who actually knows how to fundraise.

    • Jason Rivetti says:


      The justification for John Hardy Wilson masquerading at the Hanover County GOP Executive Committee as a Fundraiser is his appointment to 7th District Committee to do GOP Chairwoman Nancy Russell’s dirty work. i.e.: try to win back the 7th District Committee Chair from Fred Gruber- the conservative candidate.

      The war continues to wage on: Conservatives vs. The Cantor Zombies in the 7th District. John Hardy Har Har Wilson is a Cantor acolyte. He’s no conservative.

  3. Andrew Levy says:

    Another reason the Hanover Board of Supervisors opposes elected School Boards in Hanover County-
    They are appointments, not elected positions. Subject to “The Rules?”

  4. Galen Copp says:

    Friends of Hanover Schools is a group of community agitators operated out of the Hanover County subdivision Ashcreek by Supervisor Angela Kelly Wiecek and Mr. Wilson and Mr. Sherrod who all live there. Throw in Mr. Wilson’s good friend Chris Pace, mouthpiece for FOHS who is the Golf Coach at Hanover High School, and your merry band of anarchists is complete.

    A group of Republicans running a Teachers Union of Liberal activists. Oh yes, Mr. Whitbeck tell us that is within the Party Rules.

  5. Daryl Carr says:

    When John Hardy was made vice chair of Friends of Hanover schools, everyone knew this was Angela controlling the dialogue. She has not held a leadership position on the board of supervisors since she was elected. Friends of Hanover schools have been critical of board decisions,even supporting Glen Millican over incumbent Canova Petersen, but they are supporting Angela. Why would they support Angela but not Canova for making the same decisions.


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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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