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Sat, Dec. 14

Candidates slated to speak at two upcoming events

Richard Basinger, Laurence Schiff

Richard Basinger, Laurence Schiff

KINGMAN - The current local and national elections seems to have begun about five minutes after the polls closed on the 2014 election, but political action will undoubtedly increase as we enter 2016.

The two primary Republican groups in Kingman - The Conservative Republican Club of Kingman and the Mohave Republican Forum - get the season started in earnest on Monday and Wednesday, respectively.

Conservative club

Kelli Ward of Lake Havasu City is not the only Republican with sights on Sen. John McCain's seat in the U.S. Senate. Alex Meluskey is a Phoenix-area businessman who, according to Laurence Schiff, president of the Conservative Republican Club of Kingman, describes himself as a "tea party candidate and serious conservative."

Meluskey will speak in Kingman for the first time Monday at the club's monthly luncheon meeting at Dambar Steakhouse, located at the corner of Andy Devine Avenue and Hualapai Mountain Road. Gordon Both, a proponent of the Convention of the States, also will speak for a few minutes, said Schiff.

The meeting room is available at 11:15 a.m. (lunch is on your own) and the cost to attend is $3. The meeting is open to the public.

Schiff said a second speaker, yet to be named, might also address the audience because "this is such a crucial election year."

Republican Forum

On Wednesday at the Golden Corral on Stockton Hill Road north of Airway Avenue, four candidates for Mohave County Sheriff will speak to members of the Mohave Republican Forum at the group's monthly dinner meeting.

The sheriff's race is wide open after Sheriff Jim McCabe recently announced he will retire at the end of the year. Candidates Cori Merryman, Joe Archie, John Gillette and Doug Schuster will try to make a good impression and show why "she or he is the best to fill this very important, open countywide position," said forum President Richard Basinger.

The meeting room will be available at about 4:45 p.m. (dinner is on your own) with the talks set to begin about an hour later. There is a $2 admission charge and reservations are helpful.

Contact Rita Basinger at 928-692-4771 or via email at; Mary D'Angina at 928-716-4053 or; or Kathie Sturtevant at 928-718-0891 or

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