Conrad Elected Johnston County Republican Party Chairman At Convention

Marshall Conrad from the Cleveland community was elected chairman of the Johnston County Republican Party March 23, 2023. Photo courtesy David Cobb.

SMITHFIELD – Local party volunteer, Marshall Conrad from the Cleveland community was elected the chairman of the Johnston County Republican Party for the biennium Thursday night, with two-thirds of the delegates present casting a ballot in favor of his slate. The party convention was the largest in recent memory with 234 delegates and numerous guests, candidates, and observers in attendance.

“I am humbled by the show of support for our Executive Board and honored to serve as the next Chair of the Johnston County Republican Party,” Mr. Conrad said. “Our strong slate of Conservative Officers from across the County is ready to go to work to ensure that we continue to elect strong Conservative leaders, from the top of the ballot to the bottom, for decades to come. The excitement and engagement at last night’s convention is encouraging and reassuring. We plan to carry this momentum in to the 2024 election cycle and beyond!’

Attendees heard from Judge Jefferson Griffin, current member of the North Carolina Court of Appeals and candidate for North Carolina Supreme Court, as well as Charles Dingee, candidate for North Carolina State Auditor.

The convention’s keynote speaker was Michael Whatley, chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, who thanked party volunteers and highlighted the Republican Party’s success across North Carolina in the 2020 and 2022 elections.

Conrad’s slate of elected officers includes:
Dale Moore (Kenly) Vice-Chair
Jonathan Stovall (Wilson’s Mills) Secretary
Bill Marsh (Wilson’s Mills) Treasurer
Rob Williams (Clayton) General Counsel
Blair Barnes (Archer Lodge) At-Large
Gary Benson (Benson) At-Large
Chris Ellington (Cleveland) At-Large
Linwood Parker (Four Oaks) At-Large

Conrad currently lives in Cleveland with his wife and twin boys and is a member of Grace Reformed Church in Clayton. He is a vice-president with an energy company headquartered in Durham. He has recently served as general counsel for the Johnston County Republican Party and as co-chair of the North Carolina Republican Party’s Sportsmen Coalition. Conrad previously worked as a policy advisor for a senior member of the Republican caucus in the North Carolina House of Representatives.


  1. Congrats to Marshall and the rest of the slate! God knows we need solid conservative, Christian leadership in the GOP, as the need for severe reform and alignment of principles with policy is needed. If we can just now do the rest of the state.

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