Another week has passed here at the AZGOP and with the election now only 192 days away, we are quickly approaching the 2008 State Convention. I’ve talked about the convention in our weekly newsletter, The Tusk Times, on a few occasions and want to use this opportunity to discuss the convention in further detail.
The convention will be held on May 10th at the Mesa Convention Center. Over the course of the first three weeks of April, County and Legislative District committees gathered to select delegates and alternates to the State Convention. Roughly 1,200 delegates were chosen as well as a large number of alternates. These delegates and alternates represent Republicans throughout our great state. At the convention they will cast their vote to select delegates and alternates to the Republican National Convention being held the first week of September in St. Paul, MN. The delegates will caucus at the State Convention based by their congressional districts.
Although the major part of the State Convention will be the selection of delegates to the National Convention and electing your National Committeeman and National Commiteewoman, various resolutions will be up for debate and approval. These resolutions express the sense of the Arizona Republican Party in regard to specific policy issues. Such issues may include: border security, healthcare, right to life, taxes and the state budget. Many vendors will be represented at the convention. They will be selling GOP paraphernalia including buttons, pins and pens, hats, t-shirts, bags and, of course, elephants. Many candidates for office will be present collecting signatures and five dollar Clean Elections donations. The event should be a great time for everyone. This will be a truly historic event for the AZGOP as our very own U.S. Senator John McCain is our presumptive nominee for President of the United States.
Finally, I am pleased to announce MICHAEL REAGAN, the son of President Reagan, will be the keynote speaker for the 2008 AZGOP Victory Dinner. The dinner will be held on May 9th at the Phoenix Marriott in Mesa. Proceeds from the dinner go to the Victory Fund which will be used to help Republicans throughout the state get elected. I am extremely pleased to have Michael as our keynote speaker and look forward to his address. For more information and to purchase tickets to the 2008 AZGOP Victory Dinner, please visit our website at www.azgop.org.