Dr. Michael Ward led the slate of newly elected Mohave County Republican Party leadership for the next two years in Lake Havasu City on Saturday. In the most spirited election in recent memory Ward, The President of Arizona Emergency Medicine Specialists, a Colonel in the Arizona Air National Guard and husband to State Senator Kelli Ward, edged out two-time state legislative candidate George Schnittgrund, for the Chairman’s position in the Party’s Central Committee. Dr. Ward takes over for former State Senator Ron Gould who held the position for the last four years. The Tea Party and Liberty movement held strong sway over this year’s election, as long-time party stalwarts were defeated or chose not to run in the face of Ward’s victory. The Precinct Committee members, who were elected in the Party’s August primary, led the way to electing Cassandra Mooneyham, Lake Havasu City as 1st Vice- Chair, Preston Hicks, Kingman as 2nd Vice-Chair, Mardi Benedict, Bullhead City as Secretary, and Michael Daley, Lake Havasu City as Treasurer. Of this group only Daley has served in more than one term as a Precinct Committeeman prior to this year. “While the Committee members respect the experience and history of long-time party activists, they voted for leaders committed to reaching out to all Republicans in Mohave County.” stated Chairman Ward. “The County’s voter turnout traditionally lags behind the statewide average in elections and we’re committing ourselves to reaching out and listening to our Republican voters. We will seek out these voters and those that may have left the party to encourage them to get more involved in grass roots activism in order to ensure the Republican Party mirrors the ideals of its platform. The County is definitely “Red”, or strongly conservative; but too many voters are disenchanted with the Republican Party. We want to find out why, and what can we do ensure that they actually get out to a cast a vote and make a difference in all elections.” The Executive Board, which includes newly elected Directors for the three districts, Steven Robinson in Kingman, Michelle Arnett in Bullhead City and Bill McMahon in Lake Havasu City, will have their first leadership meeting Tuesday January 13th to begin planning the Party’s outreach strategy leading up to the 2016 Presidential elections. Many people across the state and country, consider this upcoming election to be the most pivotal since the nation’s founding.
Steven C. Robinson
Mohave County Republican Party
2176 McCulloch Drive
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
“It does not take a majority to prevail, but an irate, tireless minority keen to set brushfires in peoples’ minds.”