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Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 4:00 am | Updated: 6:33 am, Wed Jul 25, 2012.

With the Primary Election just around the corner, area groups and organizations are working to give voters an opportunity to meet the candidates.

SaddleBrooke- Super Meet and Greet

The Patriots of SaddleBrooke, a community organization which promotes American values and Constitutional rights, will host a “Super Meet and Greet” with various conservative candidates at the SaddleBrooke Mountain View Club House on Aug. 7.

The event, which runs from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., will be emceed by Arizona Republican National Committeeman Bruce Ash, and will see a total of 20 candidates in attendances from the federal, state, and local levels.  

Richard Brinkley, director of the Patriots of SaddleBrooke, said the event is designed to allow the public a broader glimpse of the candidates. Brinkley said the event would also be beneficial for the candidates.

“This will give each of the candidates a chance to meet more people than if they did a typical meet and greet at a house,” he said.

Though details are still being worked out for the event, Brinkley said he expects there to be four to five speakers on stage at a time, with each speaker being allotted about four minutes to explain his or her running platform to the audience.

Brinkley said the event is going to be more interactive than past events at the clubhouse.

Not only will candidates have ample time off-stage to meet members of the audience, but they will be able to address the audience as they give their speeches.

“The audience will be sitting ten to a table, so this gives the candidates the chance to walk around the audience if they would like,” said Brinkley.

Brinkley said he expects 150 people or more to attend the meet and greet.

The order of the speakers will be drawn at random.

“We’re trying to make this as fair to the candidates as possible, and as comfortable for the audience as possible,” said Brinkley.

Brinkley said there were two candidates from the county level who declined to join, either from lack of RSVP or due to conflict in schedule. Congressional District 1 candidate Doug Wade did not RSVP for the event.

The Mountain View Club House is located at 38759 S. Mountain View Blvd. For further inquiries on the event, contact Richard Brinkley at 520-818-0320.

Confirmed Candidates are:

Wil Cardon, U.S. Senate             Jonathan Paton, U.S. House CD1    

Gaither Martin, U.S. House CD1        Al Melvin, AZ  Senate    

Steve Smith, AZ House             Adam Kwasman, AZ  House

Bob Stump, ACC                Susan Bitter Smith,  ACC        

Bob Burns, ACC                Douglas Wolf,  Assessor    

Lando Voyles, Co. Attorney            Anthony Gonzalez, School Superintendent

Derek Arnson, Sheriff                Paul Babeu, Sheriff            

Tom Bearup, Sheriff                Jack McClaren, Sheriff    

Nancy Discher, Supervisor            Anthony Smith, Supervisor            

Jeff McClure, School Board            Jeri Taylor, School Board

Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce- Speed Networking Luncheon

The Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a “Speed Networking with your County Supervisor Candidate Luncheon” on Aug. 16. Each of the candidates are expected to attend, and include Republicans Ally Miller, Mike Hellon, State Rep. Vic Williams, and Stuart McDaniel.

The event, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., will allow the public to speak individually with each of the candidates for an allotted amount of time before rotating to the next candidate.

The event will be held at the Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway Blvd. For further inquiries, contact Events Manager Maricela Robles at 520-620-0005.

Pima County Tea Party

The Pima County Tea Party Patriots is presenting a District 1 candidate forum on July 26 at 6 p.m. All four Republican candidates are confirmed to appear for the question and answer forum. The forum will be held at the Oro Valley Library, 1305 Naranja Dr.

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