The newly revived Highway 69 Republican and Conservative Club has announced it will host Rep. Noel Campbell as guest speaker at their upcoming meeting Tuesday, January 7th, in Prescott Valley. Rep. Campbell will speak on his plans for the upcoming legislative session, which begins on January 13th. Campbell serves as Chairman of the House Transportation Committee and will discuss transportation issues in Yavapai County and throughout rural Arizona. He will also touch on other hot button issues including water, the Governor’s Red Flag proposals, budget and tax issues and prospects for criminal justice reform in 2020. There will be a question and answer session as well.
Long one of Yavapai County’s most venerated political clubs, the original Highway 69 Republican Club suspended meetings following the 2018 election. However, Steve Irwin, Yavapai College Board Member and current candidate for the District 5 Board of Supervisors seat, along with other local activists have recently revived the club. The newly christened Highway 69 Republican and Conservative Club has been renamed to reflect the strong interest in more conservative views in Yavapai County politics since the election of President Trump.
The Highway 69 Republican Club was founded in the early 2000’s by County Supervisor Thomas Thurman and other activists in the Prescott Valley and Highway 69 corridor. Former Phoenix City Council Member Francis Barwood and former County Supervisor Jack Smith were also associated with the club for many years. Former State Representative David Stringer and other conservative activists attended regularly.
Steve Irwin has now picked up the mantle. Over the years, the club became an important meeting place for political activists and elected officials in Yavapai County and across the state. Everyone from the U.S. Senate and congressional candidates to state legislators and candidates for local offices made the pilgrimage to the Highway 69 Republican Club for the opportunity to engage with voters and political activists.
Irwin said his plan is for the new Highway 69 Republican and Conservative Club to stick with tradition and that future meetings will be on the first Tuesday of the month at the Stepping Stones Community Center, 6719 E Second Street, Suite C, Prescott Valley, at 5:30 pm. “Given that 2020 is a Presidential election year with many new candidates running for open offices”, Irwin said, “this is the right and perfect time to bring back this venerable political club.” Tuesday night’s meeting starts at 5:30 pm and is free and open to the public.
If You Go:
What: Highway 69 Republican and Conservative Club
Who: Guest, State Representative Noel Campbell
When: Tuesday, January 7
Time: 5:30 PM
Where: Stepping Stones Community Center
Address: 6719 E. Second Street, Suite C., Prescott Valley