How to Become a Delegate to the 2016 State or National Convention

Who Can Be a Delegate to the State or National Convention?

Any registered Republican who is eligible to vote in Arizona is eligible to be elected as a Delegate or Alternate to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland from July 18 to 22, 2016. The Delegates attend the National Convention to vote for the party’s nominee for President of the United States and perform other party business. State Convention Delegates, who elect the National Convention Delegates at the April 30, 2016 State Convention, must be duly qualified Republican electors of their respective district and county. However, only Republican Precinct Committeemen elected, or appointed by their County Board of Supervisors before December 31, 2015, may vote at the county and district meetings where delegates are selected to attend the state convention on April 30th. Get your tickets to the State Convention at www.azgop.org 

How do I become a Delegate to the National Convention?

  • All Arizonans interested in attending the Republican National Convention as an elected Delegate or Alternate should submit their name to the AZGOP Nominating Committee online here.
  • Three Delegates and three Alternates will be elected in each Congressional District Caucus at the State Convention on April 30, 2016.
  • Twenty-eight Delegates and twenty-eight Alternates will be elected At-Large by the entire Convention after the Congressional District Caucuses elect their Delegates.
  • Counties and Legislative Districts are holding their Conventions to elect Delegates and Alternates to the State Convention between March 26, 2016 and April 9, 2016. The Delegates elected to the State Convention will elect Delegates and Alternates to the Republican National Convention to be held at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio from July 18 – 22, 2016.
  • The State Party Chairman has appointed a Nominating Committee to review all the applications and make recommendations for Delegate and Alternate Delegate positions allocated to Arizona. Submit names here.

Role of the Nominating Committee

  • The Committee may put forth a slate of Delegates and Alternates to be elected at the State Convention to attend the National Convention.
  • The Nominating Committee will take into consideration ethnic and gender diversity, as well as regional balance in the Delegate selection process.
  • The Committee will strongly consider donors, supporters of the Presidential Primary winner, Congressional delegation supporters, and grassroots volunteers.
  • The State Party will forward Delegate applications to the committee for review and recommendation.
  • The Committee will also help recruit Delegates.
  • Although much of the preliminary work may be done at staff level, the State Party encourages active participation of its Members.

How will the Nominating Committee make recommendations?

Selection by the Nominating Committee will be based on several factors, including:

  • Past Republican political activity and support
  • Membership in party organizations
  • Ability to commit 90-120 hours of volunteer work to ensure a Republican Party victory in 2016

How much does it cost to attend the National Convention?

  • Delegates, Alternates and guest are responsible for their own expenses in attending the National Convention. The cost for airfare, hotel and meals are estimated to be a minimum of $2,500.00.

When and where is the Convention being held?

  • The 2016 Republican National Convention will be held at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18 -22, 2016.

How many Delegates are sent to the National Convention?

  • Arizona sends 58 delegates and 55 alternates.

Which presidential candidate do the Delegates vote for?

  • State law binds all 58 delegates to the winner of the March 22, 2016 election. See ARS 16-241 through 243 for more information. 

Who were the Delgates to the 2012 Convention in Tampa Bay?

  • Governor Jan Brewer (Glendale) – Congressional District 8
  • Governor Gregory Mendoza (Gila River Indian Community) – At Large
  • Secretary of State Ken Bennett (Phoenix) – Congressional District 7
  • Treasurer Doug Ducey (Paradise Valley) – Congressional District 6
  • Senate President Steve Pierce (Prescott) – Congressional District 4
  • Speaker of the House Andy Tobin (Paulden) – At Large
  • Joseph Abate (Phoenix) – At large
  • Donna Alu (Tucson) – At Large
  • Kim Beneli (Concho) – At Large
  • Jose Borrajero (Phoenix) – At Large
  • Pamela Burruel (Roosevelt) – At Large
  • Carolyn Cox (Tucson) – Congressional District 2
  • Kevin DeMenna (Phoenix) – At Large
  • Marla Festenese (Prescott) – At Large
  • Debra Jean Forrest (Mesa) – At Large
  • Elaine Gangluff (Phoenix) – At Large
  • Paul Gilbert (Paradise Valley) – At Large
  • Alberto Gutier (Phoenix) – At Large
  • Kip Kempton (Safford) – At Large
  • Laura Knaperek (Tempe) – At Large
  • Kory Langhofer (Phoenix) – At Large
  • John Laurie (Gilbert) – Congressional District 5
  • Jonathan Lines (Yuma) – At Large
  • Loraine Pellegrino (Phoenix) – At Large
  • Randall Pullen (Phoenix) – Congressional District 9
  • Constantin Querard (Avondale) – Congressional District 3
  • Heather Sandstrom (Mesa) – At Large
  • Parralee Schneider (Tucson) – At Large
  • Jill Skaufel (Concho) – Congressional District 1

What is the difference between delegates to the State Convention and Delegates to the National Convention?

  • Delegates to the State Convention are elected by precinct committeemen at their Legislative District or County Committee meetings in Spring of 2016. Those delegates attend the State Convention on April 30 to vote for delegates to the Republican National Convention. Delegates to the State or National Convention do not have to be precinct committeemen.

How do I become a delegate to the State Convention?

  • Contact your District or County chairman to find out when and where the election is being held to elect delegates to the State Convention.

I am an appointed, not elected, Precinct Committeeman. Can I vote?

  • Only Precinct Committeemen elected or appointed as of December 31, 2015 are eligible to vote at the County and District conventions. Appointments are only made by county board of supervisors action upon recommendation of District/County chairs.

How many delegates are sent to the State Convention?

  • Delegates to the State Convention are organized by congressional district and allocated according to the number of Republican voters. The current allocation numbers are below according to the official voter registration counts as of December 31, 2015.
CD Voters Delegates Alternates Total
1 127,534 128 128 246
2 141,151 141 141 282
3 68,717 69 69 138
4 175,291 175 175 350
5 197,102 197 197 394
6 182,184 182 182 364
7 43,687 44 44 88
8 178,781 179 179 358
9 129,836 130 130 260
Total 1,244,283 1245 1245 2490

What does it cost to attend the State Convention?

  • The fee to attend the State Convention on April 30, 2016 is $50.00 and includes a $10.00 meal voucher. Tickets are required of delegates, alternates, guests and any others who wish to attend the event. Get your tickets to the State Convention at www.azgop.org 

Where can I get more information?

  • Email convention@azgop.org or call (602) 957-7770 or visit the National Convention web site at 2016.republican-convention.org. For information about your District or County chairman to find out more about being a delegate to the state convention.