The Yavapai County Republican Men’s Forum announced that Arizona Republican Party Chairman Jeff DeWitt will speak at the monthly luncheon next Monday, Aug. 14, 2023. The conference will be held at the Prescott Vibes Event Center at 6200 North of Hwy 89.
Doors open at 11am for lunch and the meeting starts at 11:30am. The Republican Men’s Forum is a membership organization. However, reservations for non-members are accepted subject to availability.Reservable here.
Jeff DeWitt is a nationally known figure in Republican politics. In January 2023, he was elected state speaker at the Arizona Republican Annual Meeting. After a period of internal party controversy following the 2020 election, he emerged as the consensus candidate, winning 71% of the votes cast by state commissioners across the state. He replaced Dr. Keri Ward, who did not seek re-election.
DeWitt served as Arizona Treasury Secretary from 2015 to 2018 before leaving the company to serve as chief campaign adviser to then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. DeWitt chaired the Trump campaign in Arizona in 2016. After Trump’s election, DeWitt was named NASA’s chief financial officer. He served as the Trump campaign’s chief operating officer in the 2020 election.
DeWitt is expected to refer to the upcoming 2024 election season and the current problems facing Republicans. Just last week, the Arizona secretary of state announced that independent voters outnumbered registered Republicans for the first time since 2014. Yavapai County registration numbers continue to reflect a Republican majority with 81,917 voters as of July 1, 2023, but when combined independent registrations add up to 52,035 Republicans and 52,035 Republicans. 31,789 Democrats outnumber Republicans by 1,907. With Democrats now occupying most of Arizona’s top public offices, the growing number of registered independents and independent voters is an increasing challenge in statewide elections. DeWitt provides an analysis of the current political climate and the path forward for the Arizona Republican Party. If time permits, he will ask questions.
Yavapai County Registrar Michelle Burchill is also on the agenda. She was appointed Yavapai County Recorder by the Board of Supervisors on July 25, 2022. Ms. Burchill is an Arizona Chartered Election Commissioner, a member of the Association of County Recorders, and Chair of the Arizona Voter Information Database Operations Committee. Committee. Burchill will speak on election fairness and voter registration.
Lunch costs $30 per person, payable at the door by cash, check, or credit card. Reservations can be made until 22:00 on Wednesday, August 9th. here.
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