The Republican National Convention begins tonight at 6:20 p.m. (CT), and among the delegates and attendees were Oxonians Geoffrey Yoste, Russ Jones, William Alias, Jr. and Donna Ruth Roberts, to name a few.
UM alum, Geoffrey Yoste, the principal of Yoste Strategic Partners, LLC, is an alternate delegate representing Lafayette County with William Alias, Jr. and Donna Ruth Roberts.
William Alias, Jr. is the owner of Oxford-based Security Credit Services and Security Card Services that he manages with his son, William Alias III. Donna Ruth Roberts is a retired business owner who established Donna Ruth Else Roberts Council Scholarship Endowment for business majors at the University of Mississippi.
As a lifelong Republican whose first campaign was in 1988 for Trent Lott, Geoffrey Yoste said, “I was originally a Kasich supporter but after our primary, I pledged to support Donald Trump.”
This is Yoste’s first time at a Republican National Convention. Yoste and the delegation enjoyed a gospel breakfast hosted by Congressman Greg Harper. He also got to see Sam Moore play with the band which he thought was amazing. When asked about his favorite speaker at RNC, Yoste said, “Laura Ingraham was by far the best!”
Attending the RNC with him is his wife, Julie, and his son John Owen, who has worked with the Mississippi Republican Party office at the convention. John Owen checked delegates in and issued credentials each day.
Yoste said, “My wife Julie described (RNC) best: it is like a political Mardi Gras.
Another Oxonian there is Russ Jones, senior vice president of news operations for USA Radio Networks that produces news airing on over 600 radio stations across the country.
His family moved to Oxford over four years ago, and his mother-in-law owns Bea’s Antiques on North Lamar. Jones said that they have come to cherish Oxford and felt it was especially meaningful this year to witness Governor Phil Bryant announce the delegate vote for Mississippi on the floor of the convention.
“This is my third convention to cover over the years,” Jones said. “My first convention was in 1976 in Kansas City when I played the tuba in Ronald Reagan’s California Here We Come pep band when he ran for president. Wherever he went we went. It still remains to be a thrill and an honor to the cover the political process in the U.S.”
William Alias Jr. and his son, William Alias III, will submit a letter to HottyToddy.com on Monday describing their RNC experience.
The Democratic National Convention will begin next week at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Do y’all know any Oxford and Ole Miss folks headed out there? Let us know by commenting below!
In the meantime, enjoy pictures submitted by Geoffrey Yoste and Russ Jones below.
Callie Daniels Bryant is the senior managing editor at HottyToddy.com. She can be reached at email@example.com.