Welcome to the official website of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Republican Women.

The members in CMRW are passionate about improving the quality of life through active participation in electing leaders who share our Republican values. Please join us as we work to elect Republican leaders in our community, state, and nation.

About Us

Our mission is to positively impact our local, state and nation, while strengthening our Republican Party through recruiting, educating, training, supporting, and electing Republicans.

Our purpose is to promote conservative principles through education and participation in helping elect Republican candidates.

Our goal is to support the Republican Party at all levels.

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History

On April 7, 1953, President Eisenhower -Republican- was in the White House, Charles Jonas -Republican- was representing us in Congress, and a group of dedicated and determined Republican women organized the Mecklenburg County Republican Women’s Club. The goals they set over sixty years ago are the goals we cherish today; to involve women in political action for the sake of good government; to educate women to be effective political activists; and to work for the election of Republican candidates.

From the very beginning, our Club has worked year round, not just at campaign time. Our members have recruited more members, organized precincts, assisted with registration drives, and studied current issues. For over sixty years, we have held several meetings a year, providing a forum for Republican candidates. Having learned how to raise money, we have always been financially independent – the perennially solvent arm of the Republican Party.

Our members have been elected to offices in the State and National Federations, to Republican Party offices at the local, district, state and national level, and to public office- City, County, State and United States Congress.

Our Team

Born and raised in Charlotte, NC . I graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2010 and worked as a paralegal for several years before opening my own business with my husband Conrad (another Charlotte native) in 2015. Together we own the flower shop ‘Bookout Blooms’ in Southend providing fresh cut flowers and plants, daily delivery and wedding set up. In 2017 I was honored to be named Charlotte Agenda’s ‘Top 30 under 30.’ I joined CMRW in 2016 and found an immediate connection with the programs. As CMRW president I plan to work with my fellow board members to provide education and opportunities for our club. I will be a leader in the fight to preserve our conservative principals and promote the importance of our great nation.

I am a believer, wife, personal stylist, and lover of everything pink! I was blessed to be raised in North Carolina and then Greece by Christian parents who instilled in me a sense of patriotism and service. My first opportunity to volunteer at the polls came during college, and I was able to continue the tradition with the high school students I taught for over 20 years. While living near Washington D.C., my husband and I volunteered together to support many Republican Party candidates and causes. In 2019 we moved to South Charlotte to work at Graceway Baptist Church and absolutely love the people and the opportunities to serve. If you want to come check us out, I’ll save you a seat! I look forward to supporting North Carolina’s Republican Party and the conservative values that have made our Country great.

First and foremost, I am a Christian and I am thankful to have Jesus as my Savior! Next I am a devoted wife (29 years) and mother to two awesome daughters (23 & 19). I enjoy spending time with my family and attending church at Graceway Baptist in Weddington, NC. I am a small business owner where I provide bookkeeping services for businesses and individuals and have an ever growing practice in Campaign Finance Reporting. I currently serve as treasurer for CMRW as well as Campaign Treasurer for several Republican Legislators and other political candidates. This gives me great pride to play a very small part in our Republican Party by maintaining accurate bookkeeping and serving to see more conservatives elected. I am thankful for the USA and the freedom we have. I believe we need to continue to strive for the America that our Founding Fathers envisioned. God Bless the USA!

I am a Christian, a mother, a grandmother, and a lifelong Republican. My two sons and I moved to Charlotte in the early 1970s, and I am grateful that the boys have settled here to raise their families. I am a proud Nana to four grandchildren and loved the years I spent caring for them as their “nanny”.

After spending many years as office manager of a law firm, it was a privilege to serve as the Headquarters Chair for the Mecklenburg County Republican Party. This time included the 2016 presidential campaign – a frustrating time to be sure, but oh so rewarding!
For several years, I was the MeckGOP liaison to the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections, and I’m currently working for the MeckBOE as an assistant in precinct management. My involvement with the MeckGOP and CMRW has led me to many hardworking, dedicated Republicans that I am proud to now call friends.

I look forward to continuing to support our GOP candidates while advocating for the values and principles of the Republican party.

I am Corresponding Secretary for CMRW. I have been a member of this wonderful group of conservative women for ten years and have served the board for just about the entire time.

I have been involved in politics since my 20’s and in the 1970’s I was the former President of a Republican Women’s Club in Miami, Florida and County Committee Woman for the North Dade Miami Area.

I am very proud to serve CMRW once again this year.

Dr. Katie Shue-McGuffin is a native Charlottean and an active member of the GOP since 2006. During 2008, Dr. Shue-McGuffin worked alongside Senator Elizabeth Dole in Washington, D.C. Since her return to Charlotte, she has served as a volunteer for local campaigns and as a policy advocate for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Dr. Shue-McGuffin has a BA in Political Science and a BA in English with a Minor in Children’s Literature and Childhood Studies. Afterward, she returned to school for nursing and obtained her BSN, MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner, and finally, the Doctor of Nursing Practice. As a Family Nurse Practitioner, she works in a retail health setting, caring for patients and families across the lifespan.

In addition, Dr. Shue-McGuffin has been employed as a faculty member in the School of Nursing at UNC Charlotte since 2017 as the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Coordinator and a Clinical Assistant Professor. Her scholarship is focused on the early detection and treatment of skin cancer in young adult populations, specifically athletes. Dr. Shue-McGuffin has authored and co-authored publications in nursing and health-related journals based on her scholarship.

She is proud to serve on the board for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Republican Women and to propel our GOP forward in 2020.

My husband, Larry, and I have lived in Charlotte for 28 years having moved here from Houston, Texas. I have two children, Brad, who is married to Sarah and lives in Alexandria, Virginia and my daughter, Angie who is married to Kevin and lives in New York City. Brad has two little girls. ages 6 and 8 and a little boy who is 2 1/2. Angie has one little girl, age 4. These little ones are the loves of my life! We have an adorable, rescue Jack Russell Terrier named Missy. Through the years I have worked as a volunteer at church, my kids schools and in the community. I am a life long Republican and first became involved with the party as a volunteer in 2000 when I worked as an office volunteer a few times for our great Congresswoman, Sue Myrick. Since then, I have worked on numerous campaigns as a volunteer, held numerous fund raisers at my home and also have worked many, many hours for the Mecklenburg GOP and especially the Charlotte – Mecklenburg Republican Women, having served in many capacities on the boards of each through the years. I have voted in every primary and election since I was first able to vote – and, always Republican!

Lynette Rinker is the immediate past President of CMRW. She served the Town of Cornelius as Mayor in 2013 and Mayor Pro Tem 2009-2013. She was Vice-Chair of MECK GOP from 2015-2017. She remains active in party leadership as a member of the Executive Committee for both the County and the 12th District. As an elected official she was honored to serve on the Mecklenburg-Union Metropolitan Planning Organization (now CRTPO), Metropolitan Transit Commission, and the Arts and Sciences Council. Prior to being elected, Lynette was on the Cornelius Planning Board, Transportation Committee, Growth Management Committee and the Land Development Code Committee.

She is retired from a career in architecture, design and construction. She began her career at her alma mater, the University of South Carolina, as Director of Facilities Planning, where her responsibilities included the capital planning and execution for all 9 system campuses and the operations of the Main campus in Columbia. Notable projects include the Koger Center for the Performing Arts and the east side expansion of Williams-Brice stadium. She was elected as the first female president of the South Carolina Association of Planning and Construction Officials. She also worked as Assistant Director of Architecture for Carolinas Healthcare. She enjoyed more than a decade as Executive Director of the South Carolina Chapter of The American Institute of Architects and of AIA Charlotte and was recognized for her successes in government affairs (lobbying) and public relations.

In addition to her work with the party and CMRW, Lynette also serves on the Board of the Susan M. Tillis Foundation and is the Vice-Chair of the Woodlawn School Board of Trustees.

She and her husband, Mark, have 3 grown children and two grandchildren.

Events

Our regularly scheduled monthly luncheons are on the 4th Wednesday of each month (location will be announced), except the months of June, July and November.

We have a guest speaker each month to educate and inform us, good food and fellowship with our members and guests and our desire for you to leave our luncheon meetings more informed on the latest news and issues.

Our December meeting is our annual Christmas auction and luncheon which features a nationally known speaker and is held at the Carmel Country Club.

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May 2020 Virtual CMRW Meeting →

Become A Member

Members joining after September 1st of each year will receive a membership for the remainder of the current year and the next year.*

Dues are $40.00 per year and are payable in advance by December 31 of each year.

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The Republican Philosophy

  • The right of the individual to achieve the best that is within him, as long as he respects the rights of others, is the source of our nation’s strength.
  • Government exists to protect the freedom of opportunity in which each individual’s creative ability can flourish.
  • Government activities should be limited to those things which people cannot do at all, or cannot do so well for themselves.
  • The most effective government is government closest to the people.
  • Those who cannot provide for themselves should be assisted by both government and society, but that every effort should be made to help them become self-supporting, productive citizens with pride in their independence.
  • Equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity belong to all, regardless of race, creed, age, sex, or national origin.

  • The preservation of our Nation and the security of our citizens depend upon the Constitution, the laws and the courts, and that respect for them is the responsibility of every Individual.
  • Government is accountable for maintaining sound money and a responsible economy. Individual rights, liberties and properties are continually eroded when citizens are oppressed by excessive taxation, inflation, government waste and over-regulation.
  • Government is responsible for national defense and that only a strong America can remain a free America.
  • It is absolutely essential to maintain a strong national defense posture in order that we may at all times negotiate from a position of strength, not weakness, in our continuing efforts toward world peace and friendship.
  • These concepts are the foundation of our national strength and that the Republican Party, which is committed to their preservation, is the Party of today and the Party for the Future.

Volunteer

We Can’t do it alone!


The Republican Party is always in need of volunteers throughout the state to help Republican candidates and the GOP. We encourage anyone interested in participating to please contact us, your county chair, or your favorite candidate and aware them of your interest.

Volunteer Opportunities

CMRW board • CMRW special events • Poll judges • Poll watchers


What is a Poll Watcher?

A poll watcher’s purpose is to represent the interest of a candidate or party at a voting place, and to look for any irregularities that could be harmful to a candidate or the party.

How do I become a poll watcher?

The Republican Party is always in need of poll watchers throughout the state to help Republican candidates and the GOP. We encourage anyone interested in participating in poll watching to please contact us, your county chair, or your favorite candidate and aware them of your interest. Any party represented in a general election or primary can appoint a poll watcher for each voting precinct. Political parties can also nominate poll watchers in which they do not have candidates.

Get In Touch

We welcome your suggestions and feedback.  Have a question? Let us know!

Get Informed

There are many websites which provide conservative Americans with excellent, wide-ranging coverage of the issues so that you will be informed and educated about the issues and candidates. Want the inside scoop on news and information that is not covered by mainstream news outlets? These are excellent resources of information that’s crucial for Americans to know.

Due to the current situation surrounding COVID-19 our April meeting will be canceled.

We will continue to monitor the situation and update our members as to when we can resume our regularly scheduled meetings.