HUNTSVILLE, Ala.-- The Alabama Republican Party held their summer meeting and convention gala in Huntsville Saturday. The party meets twice a year and this is the first time in over a decade it's back in the Rocket City.
"It's been ten years since we've been up here," said Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan.
Ten years is a long time to be away. Lathan said when she came on as Chairman she wanted to redirect attention to North and South Alabama, since they usually spend so much time in central Alabama. Lathan tells us why they decided to come back to Huntsville after so long.
"We had a record breaking primary in this state of 867,000 Republicans on March the first. A great number of those folks were up here in the North part, and so we've been planning to come to Huntsville now for six months," she said.
The convention was held at the Von Braun Center and hosted over 500 people. It also consisted of a gala with first responders as the guests of honor.
"Well we thought we'd come to Huntsville, that we would love on our first responders, we want them to know how much they are appreciated. These are volunteers, they're patriots, who decide they're profession to go help other people, so they'll be our guests tonight," said Lathan.
Lathan said this convention is a chance for the party to say thank you to their voters.
"It's been a tough primary season, in the presidential race, and also for our state and local candidates, so we come together tonight in Huntsville to celebrate our candidates, to celebrate the success of the Alabama Republican Party," she said.
Speakers at the convention included Senator Jeff Sessions, Congressman Mo Brooks, and two members of the National Republican Party.