FLAGSTAFF-The Arizona Democratic Party is hosting the 'Women in Blue' conference with the theme of "One Arizona" on Thursday, March 8. The conference will be held at the Arizona State Capitol in the Executive Tower Building located at 1700 West Washington in Phoenix.
This year's guest speaker will be Terry McAuliffe, the former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. McAuliffe is the author of What a Party, which is the political book of the year. What a Party has made #5 on the New York Times bestsellers list, it made #1 on the Washington Post Bestsellers list and is currently a bestseller at bookstores across the nation.
McAuliffe has 27 years of political experience and has served in various capacities throughout his long career. McAuliffe was a key fundraiser for former House Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt, Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and the National Democratic Party. McAuliffe is currently assisting Hillary Clinton's bid for the 2008 U.S. presidential race.
All clubs and organizations from throughout the State of Arizona are invited, and participation of Native Americans is also being encouraged. "Native Americans will have a presence at the conference this year and the Native American Caucus will be hosting an information table," said Jackie Thomas who is the Chair of the Native American Caucus. "I [will] attend this event and I am looking forward to attending the conference. It is a great opportunity to meet people from across the state and to network, develop and continue to nurture our collective goals."
Members of the Coconino County Democratic Party, the Navajo County Democratic Party and the Native American Democrats of Northern Arizona (NADNA) will represent Northern Arizona at the conference. "I am delighted at the thought of attending this conference, and since I have read McAuliffe's book I have to say that I am looking forward to his speech. It will be great to meet like-minded women from all across Arizona," said Christina Carr who is a member of NADNA.
Conference registration and a continental breakfast will be held at 7:45 a.m. followed by an address from Arizona State Governor Janet Napolitano at 9 a.m. The conference will give the opportunity for Democratic clubs and organizations to meet with their state legislators and members of the state senate. Lunch will be held at the Phoenix Wyndham Hotel at 50 East Adams Street in downtown Phoenix from 12 to 2 p.m.
Organizers suggest that attendees make their reservations as soon as possible because last year's conference was sold out. You may purchase tickets at www.maricopademocrat.com/wib.