I went to the Nevada Republican caucus last January and was a delegate to the Washoe County Republican convention on March 15. Now I am going to be a delegate to the Nevada Republican convention. It will be held in Reno on Saturday, April 26. I just received the registration information in the mail. Early registration is $50 per person. The registration package also included information about the 2008 Governor’s Boots and Rhinestones Ball which costs $150 for delegates and $250 for others.
For me the more interesting part of the package is the application form to be a delegate or an alternate delegate to the 2008 Republican National convention. It will be September 1-4 in St Paul Minnesota. At the Nevada state convention 34 delegates and 34 alternates will be elected.
According to the application form
"Delegates and alternates to the national convention must bear all costs involved: travel, lodging, etc. Costs could be as much as $3,000 – $4,000. Individuals serving on convention committees (platform, credentials, etc.) will incur extra costs associated with necessary early arrival. All delegates and alternates are expected to attend all convention sessions.
Applications to be considered by the nominations committee should include acknowledgment of above, and should also include a political resume summarizing history of GOP involvement (which need not be limited to activities in Nevada), and 1-2 political references."
I would be thrilled to be a delegate to the national convention. Getting nominated and then elected may be a long shot but my motto has always been "You’ll never know if you don’t try so GO FOR IT!". Here is what I am including in my application. Let me know if you have any suggestions for improvements or if you would be willing to be a political reference. I have a couple of ideas of people to ask but I would love to have someone who reads this blog be a reference.
"I would make an excellent delegate or alternate to the 2008 Republican National Convention. I recently retired after 32 years as an executive working in the computer industry in the San Francisco Bay Area. My husband and I moved to Reno in July of 2007. I am a lifelong Republican. I am a conservative because I believe strongly that individuals are what make this country strong. That people working together will do a better job of almost anything than government will.
I have published a blog since September of 2004. I covered the Nevada caucuses and the Washoe County state convention. I am able to give a fresh perspective on what it is like to be a newly active Republican. If I am elected I will blog from the National convention. I will also use Facebook, Twitter and other tools to allow my readers to better understand what it is like to be a part of the Republican party and an active political citizen in our democracy."
Update 4/15/2008: I submitted the application