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Local school teacher attends RNC

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Jennifer Winfree on the floor at the RNC - wearing Davy Crockett hats - with Susan Williams, former TNGOP Chairman. Submitted

Former Watertown Elementary School teacher Jennifer Winfree traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, last week for the Republican National Convention.

Winfree received the opportunity to go to the convention as a Ted Cruz alternate.

Winfree ran as a Marco Rubio delegate in the March 1 Presidential Preference Primary; however, Rubio didn't garner 20 percent of the votes in the 6th district. "I was told to turn in my name in case a delegate or alternate position came open," she explained.

Winfree serves as Tennessee State Executive Committee Woman for Senate District 17 - representing Wilson, DeKalb, Cannon, Clay, Macon and Smith Counties. "One man and one woman are the representative for each district. My male counterpart is AJ McCall," she said.

This was her first time at a Republican National Convention.

"The highlight of my trip was being on the floor Thursday night to hear (Republican Presidential Nominee Donald) Trump's speech and the balloon drop," she said.

Two of her favorite speakers during convention week were former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Sheriff David A. Clarke. "They both spoke about how to make America safe again and spoke about Blue Lives Matter, since so many police are being targeted," Winfree said.

She was also able to meet Sheriff Clarke and Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin.

"The TNGOP did a fabulous job of organizing this trip. We got to visit sights like the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, listen to an outdoor concert by Three Dog Night, meals with different sponsors like AT&T and Volkswagen," she said. "David and Congressman Diane Black sponsored nice buses to take us around town the whole week. It was just a fabulous time. We felt very safe."

Winfree added that she couldn't "say enough good things about the security."

Seven members of the Wilson County Republican Women were at the convention as well. They included Senator Mae Beavers, Club President Julie Brockman, Mary Stimek, Karen Entz, Terri Nicholson, Betty Jackson and Donna DeSopo.

The Democratic National Convention is going on this week in Philadelphia. The Wilson Post will follow up with locals who attended the DNC next week.

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