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Forsyth Republicans elect Ken Raymond to lead party

CLEMMONS — Ken Raymond, of Winston-Salem, was elected GOP chair at the 2021 Forsyth County Republican Party Convention held Saturday, March 6, at the Village Inn Hotel and Convention Center in Clemmons.

“Throughout the years, the Republican Party has expressed great faith and confidence in me by asking me to serve in positions of great responsibility. Being elected chairman is, by far, the greatest honor, and greatest expression of their faith and confidence. It’s very humbling, and I’m going to do my best to live up to their confidence,” Raymond said.

Kenneth Raymond

Raymond has been active in the local and state Republican Party for 26 years in various positions. He’s also served on the North Carolina State Board of Elections for three years, from 2017 until 2020, and the Forsyth County Board of Elections for five years, from 2013 until 2017. Raymond also served briefly on the Winston-Salem State University Board of Trustees.

The new chair has a bold vision for the next two years of his term. “The local GOP chairman does not only work for political candidates and local activists.He works for families within his community that want good, responsible and effective government,” he said. “Today, that means restoring in-person learning at schools, supporting our law enforcement officers, restoring confidence in our elections, promoting freedom of speech, and re-opening the economy. So, the people of Forsyth County can expect me to promote and support candidates and public officials that support the same things.”

Born and raised in Boston, Raymond graduated from Winston-Salem State University with a bachelor’s degree in English in 1987. He worked at the Winston-Salem Police Department for 27 years, and retired as a police dispatcher in 2017.

Raymond is also a business owner and a published author. In 2020, he established Frederick Douglass University which produces and sells books about black history. His most recent work is entitled “Black Political History: From the Arch of Safety into the Mouth of the Lion.”

In other action, party delegates elected Forsyth Assistant District Attorney Harold Eustache as vice-chair; Neely Turlington, secretary; Perry Hudspeth, treasurer; and Ken Farrington, assistant treasurer.