Keynote speaker Majority Whip
Kevin McCarthy with Arapahoe County Republicans chief
Joy Hoffman, her husband Jim and their daughter Mattie
David Dorly representing American Conservativesof Color and Sherrie Gibson with Joan and Paul Beninati. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
Powerhouse list of speakers address guests
By Scottie Taylor Iverson
Arapahoe County Republicans Chair Joy Hoffman emceed the party’s Annual Lincoln Day Dinner at the remodeled Denver Marriott Tech Center. Her theme was weaving a tapestry holding the country’s, the state’s and the party’s beliefs together. A powerhouse lineup of speakers included Congressman Cory Gardner, Congressman Mike Coffman and California Congressman Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy.
The warm, humorous and terrific communicator – McCarthy shared his early experiences in California saying he was one of the state’s first lottery winners. By age 19, he was an entrepreneur, stressing the importance of taking risks, and in two years paid for all his college tuition. McCarthy ran for Congress in 2006. For 2010, his job was to recruit candidates. That election saw 63 Democrat incumbents defeated. In that same year, someone had the gall to suggest the Republican Party change its name.
Congressman Cory Gardner (4th CD including eastern Arapahoe County), California Congressman Kevin McCarthy and Arapahoe County’s own U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman
“I’m from Bakersfield,” said McCarthy. “There are simple rules. There is no better time to explain the differences between the Republican Party and this administration. We have 30 governors. We believe in the Constitution and upholding it.”
Referring to President Ronald Reagan’s comment about America in his farewell address as “the shining city on the hill,” McCarthy said, “ Our task is to join together, climb that hill one more time and make the light shine brighter. The world is changing and we must change how we deliver our message. Less freedom means less opportunity. We still have the largest economy in the world, the greatest military in the world and we are the greatest nation in the world because of what we give to others – freedom. We have a country worth fighting for and are blessed that we can become energy independent. Leading from behind creates world problems.”
Congressman McCarthy made a point of further emphasizing the importance of communication. In the category of Top 5 Politicians on Instagram, he is ranked No. 1 with President Obama in the No. 2 spot.
“It’s about communicating with the American people and creating an open dialogue,” McCarthy said.
Secretary of State Scott Gessler and Arapahoe County Commissioner Nancy Sharpe (standing) with Greenwood Village Mayor Ron Rakowsky and LaFawn Biddle (seated)
John Brackney, standing in for Brian Vogt, presented the Dorothy Vogt Award to former Sen. Nancy Spence who continues to do volunteer work and share what she gained in the legislature. Arapahoe County Republican Chair Joy Hoffman looks on.
Keynote speaker Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy with Arapahoe County Republicans chief Joy Hoffman, her husband Jim and their daughter Mattie
State Sen. David Balmer, who conducted the live auction, visited with Peter Dimond and David Rich
Centennial Mayor Cathy Noon and husband Jim
18th Judicial District DA George Brauchler
Colorado Republican Party Chair Ryan Call and Chief Deputy Attorney General Cynthia Coffman. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
One of the youngest Republicans in attendance – Ryan Wills, student body president of Kiowa High School, with State Republican Party Treasurer Christine Mastin and Arapahoe County Assessor Corbin Sakdol
Lincoln Dinner Chairs: Karen Blilie, Mary Wenke and Andi Allott made sure the multi-faceted evening including live and silent auctions ran smoothly.
Marlene Siegel, Rich Sokol – South Metro Fire Rescue Authority Board and Linda Fankboner
CU Regent Emeritus Norwood Robb and wife Barbara
Centennial City Council Candidate Kathy Turley, Hon. Tom Tancredo and Arapahoe County Commissioner Nancy Doty
Marolyn Scheffel with Arapahoe County Republican Party District 4 Captain Rita Hyland
Edie and Mort Marks with Jay and Kristina Davidson
Eric Weissmann, State Treasurer Walker Stapleton, Freida Sands and Rick Bernheim
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