Arizona Republicans set to decide on party chair, future this weekend with key votes

Arizona Republicans will vote on a new party chair plus various resolutions that will likely decide which direction the party is going heading into 2024.
Published: Jan. 27, 2023 at 8:06 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — The future of the Republican party in Arizona is coming to a head this weekend. After a string of key losses in the midterm, the party is meeting to choose a new leader and that’s not all. Besides picking up a new chair, the more than 1,000 Republicans meeting will vote on a number of resolutions that will show which direction the party wants to go. Some of the issues include the possibility of censuring the Republican-controlled Maricopa County Board of Supervisors for certifying the 2020 and 2022 elections and demanding a “do-over” of last year’s elections where the party suffered high-profile losses like in the race for governor. “The idea that we’re going to do-over the election, we’re not going to do-over the election. The elections are done. the courts have ruled and we need to move on and what the party needs to do is focus on what we need to do to elect Republicans,” said Wes Gullet, who has been a Republican precinct member since the late 1980s.

After a tough election cycle, Gullet says the party needs to look ahead, not behind, to get more GOP members elected. That starts with a new party leader. “I believe we should be picking a leader who’s going to do what Ronald Regan said and create a big tent. I don’t know if any of the candidates moving forward are going to talk about that tomorrow,” Gullet said.

With polarizing GOP Char Kelli Ward out, there are six candidates all vying to become the next state party leader. The best known among them are Jeff DeWit, a former state treasure and was the chief operating officer of former President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. The remaining candidates include Shelia Muehling, Vera Gebran, Lori Martinez, Dan Farley and Steve Daniels.