Republicans' best and brightest come to Juneau for convention

National committee co-chair speech kicks off session

Republicans from across the state and nation are converging on Juneau for their biennial state convention at the Baranof Hotel and Centennial Hall.

Republican National Committee co-chairwoman Sharon Day will open the convention with a speech to attendees at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the Baranof Treadwell Room.

There will be two sessions for afternoon tea at the Governor’s Mansion starting at 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. today. Both sessions will last 45 minutes, and non-convention attendees can go by getting a $10 guest wristband. The guest wristbands are available for purchase at the registration desk in the Baranof Hotel.

Early Friday morning — starting at 7:45 a.m. — there will be a forum for the Republican candidates competing to face U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in November’s general election. The session will also pay tribute to the late-Sen. Ted Stevens.

Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, former Department of Natural Resources commissioner Dan Sullivan and past U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller are vying for the Republican nomination.

Candidates and others will have booths in the Centennial Hall lobby Friday for attendees and Juneauites seeking more information.

U.S. Congressman Don Young, R-Alaska, will host a reception at 5 p.m. Friday in the Davis Room at Centennial Hall, and there will be a banquet following in Ballrooms 1 and 2.

Starting at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, there will be another forum. This one is for the lieutenant governor race. State Sen. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, is dueling former Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan for the Republican nomination. The winner will face state Sen. Hollis French, D-Anchorage, in the November general election.

Following a general session for convention attendees, Young will be speaking at a lunch event in Centennial Hall Ballrooms 1 and 2. The event starts at 12 p.m.

A final general session will end at 4 p.m. Saturday, signaling the convention’s culmination.

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