Party update

Last year the big news was the race for the chairmanship of the party. In 2008 the story will be about presidential politics. The party will hold the Mandatory Meeting in January, probably on the 26th. Don’t look for much fireworks as the only positions up for election are first, second, and third vice chairs, assistant secretary, assistant treasurer, sergeant at arms and assistant. The delegates should be pretty similar to the January 2007 as the term for state committeemen is 2 years. There will be some change because a few people have moved or are no longer state committeemen.

The real excitement will be at the State Convention, probably held sometime in May. At that meeting the RNC committeeman and woman will be elected and the delegates to the national convention will be selected. Delegates the State Convention are different than state committeeman and are selected county in counties under 500,000 and by legislative district in counties over 500,000. Look for Maricopa to dominate the proceedings since each county has 1 delegate per 1,000 registered Republicans in the county.

One of our writers incorrectly predicted that Bruce Ash would be reelected in January of 2008. A reader quickly commented that this would not happen. Our research on this comment found out that the election for RNC committeeman does not take place at the January meeting and also that Bruce has no known opposition. On the contrary Bruce enjoys strong support from throughout the party. We expect to see Bruce Ash and Sharon Giese both reelected as representatives to the RNC from Arizona.

Our contacts below the Gila have informed us that Secretary of the Republican State Party Linda White has been brought on board as the Southern Arizona coordinator for the state party. She will be assisting Republican efforts in Yuma, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz, Cochise, Graham, and Greenlee Counties. Linda previously served as Executive Director of Republican Party in Pima County and thus has extensive experience in Southern Arizona politics. Sean McCaffrey, Executive Director of the state party commented,

In assembling our 2008 team, we’re looking for experience and a desire to reverse 2006 and to increase Republican majorities in this state. Linda exemplifies those qualities and brings a tremendous amount of knowledge, energy and strength to our team.

 Congratulations to Linda and we look forward to her efforts on behalf of the party.


  1. GOP Boomer Gal says

    Linda White is a hard worker; dedicated and well organized. She will do a great job for the party. I am so looking forward to working with her.

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