SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Republican Committee welcomed SIRIUS-XM host David Webb and former Navy SEAL Jonathan Gilliam  as the featured speakers at the 3rd annual Geri Smith Spring Conference on May 23rd, at the Shakamaxon Country Club.

Webb is a noted commentator on Fox News and host of the David Webb Show on SIRIUS-XM Patriot 125.  He spoke about the need for the current group of Republican Presidential candidates to quickly coalesce around a few front runners who have the skills to be serious contenders, noting the thin resumes of some of the candidates. He indicated that at this point no candidate had distinguished him/herself to be a successful candidate.

Jonathan Gilliam, a former Navy SEAL and security expert, discussed the importance of choosing a President with the skills to competently develop strategies and implement them. He indicated that without such leadership skills, U.S. foreign policy will continue to be ineffective and our security adversely impacted.  He encouraged the audience to become active leaders to elect a President who has the necessary skills to lead the nation.

The conference, named for the late Geri Smith, a Republican committeewoman who passed away in 2013 after a 22-year battle with breast cancer, has two goals: 1) to allow Scotch Plains Republicans the opportunity to socialize and discuss issues of the day, and 2) to fund the operations of the Scotch Plains Republican Committee. For  more information, visit www.spgop.orf/events/springconference.