WVGOP Mourns Loss Of Builders
Lucas & Phillips Beloved Party Stalwarts, Public Servants
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Today, West Virginia Republicans mourn the loss of two longtime local GOP leaders and public servants, Jody Lucas of Cabell County and Tommy Phillips of Harrison County.
Lucas, 68, passed Friday in Huntington, where he served as longtime treasurer of Cabell County Schools. A lifetime Republican and native of Lincoln County, Lucas ran for office there in the 1970s before working the last 30 years helping lead public school districts locally and in the Eastern Panhandle. A true steward of our tax dollars and students, he was proud to see the state he loved join our Party at the ballot box in recent years.
West Virginia Republican Chairman Conrad Lucas Jr. remembered his father this way last night:
"Not only was my Dad my best friend and mentor, but he was a hero and great person. I can say that I inherited a lot of things from him - not just the dark eyes and hair and large smile, but his outlook on life. My daddy is the reason that I am who I am. His mental fortitude is one for the ages.
Conrad "Jody" Lucas Sr. was the smartest person I ever knew.
Every time I ever came up with some silly harebrained idea about my future, Jody was always supportive and had a plan. Dad was always the best person when it came to a difficult decision or crisis. Nothing phased him."
Tommy Phillips of Bridgeport was a longtime Harrison County Republican Party and Club member and officer, a stalwart attendee of WVGOP events, and the touchstone volunteer in his area for local & statewide campaigns for more than a decade.
Kind, giving of his time and effort freely, Phillips was the true happy warrior who welcomed new friends to our Harrison County team and supported efforts around the state.
One of his proudest moments was managing the successful 2012 campaign effort of his longtime friend, now Delegate, Danny Hamrick.
WVGOP State Committee member Jim Shaffer spoke for so many yesterday on Facebook when he said of Tommy:
Phillips had recently begin work in the new administration of Secretary of State Mac Warner. He was 36.
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