Sheriff David Rhodes is a 27-year veteran of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. He began his career as a volunteer, making it official in 1994 and promoting his way through the ranks in positions of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and Chief Deputy.
A graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session 3244, he served as the Commander in both the Law Enforcement Division and the Detention Division of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Rhodes also served as the Commander of the Northern Arizona Training Academy. He was elected Sheriff in November of 2020.
Sheriff Rhodes will be discussing topics involving the Sheriff’s Office and the Future of Public Safety, the Sheriff’s role in Immigration and Border Security, the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution and the Community of Yavapai County.
Each candidate will give a short talk on their campaign for their respective office.
Representative Walt Blackman is the Republican who won the 2018 Midterm General Elections for State Representative for the sixth legislative district. With his election win, Walt is the first Black American Republican in the history of Arizona elected to the Arizona House of Representatives. Walt is a constitutionalist conservative who served in the United States Army for twenty-one years.
Walt is a dedicated and experienced senior leader, combat veteran, with two decades of operational and combat real-world leadership experience in the US military. Throughout Walt's military career, he has served his country with distinction and honor. Walt earned several military awards while serving his country, to include the Bronze Star Medal, for combat actions in Iraq, and the Meritorious Service Medal for 21 years of continues honorable active duty service.
After his retirement in 2016, Walt founded and is currently President and CEO of W.B Inclusion & Diversity Consulting Victim Advocacy Firm. W.B Inclusion is a sexual assault counseling service provider for victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment. Walt continues to serve his community by volunteering his time to educate young adults and students at local public and private schools on the prevention of sexual harassment and assault in his district and across the state.
Additionally, Walt assists his fellow veterans by volunteering at local food banks; veteran stands down days and veteran small business success seminars. His keen awareness of veteran's issues has given him an inside track of what right looks like when serving Arizona’s veterans.
Walt is a fervent advocate of the 2nd Amendment, health care issues, education funding and a commonsense approach to state governing. As an Arizona State Representative Walt wants to return school choice to parents in our schools and is for teacher pay raises, bonuses, and performance-based incentives. Walt believes in rural development programs that generate jobs, supports ranchers, creates revenue and produces new small business opportunities.
Walt is endorsed by the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Arizona Fire Fighters Association, the Arizona Fraternal Order of Police, the Phoenix Police Association, The National Rifle Association, the Arizona Right to life Association, The Payson Tea Party, the Navaho Country Republican club and the National American Africa Republican Committee of Phoenix, Walt is recognized in the 18 for 2018 National State-wide races to watch for in the 2018 midterm general elections for up and coming political stars.
He currently serves on and is Vice-Chairmen for the State and International Affairs Committee, Vice-Chair Judiciary and is a current member serving on the Government Relations, and regulatory committees. Additionally, Walt was selected as Statemen’s of the year by the National American Africa Republican Committee, Walt is a graduate of Almeda University, and received advanced certification in Program Management from Georgetown University.
Andrew W. Gould was appointed as a Justice to the Arizona Supreme Court in 2017 after serving 5 years on Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals. He retired from the Supreme Court in March 2021.
Prior to his appointment to the Court of Appeals, Justice Gould spent 11 years as a Judge of the Superior Court in Yuma County, where he served as both Associate Presiding Judge and Presiding Judge. He received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 1990. He began his legal career in Phoenix, Arizona, practicing in the field of civil litigation. In 1994, he became a Deputy County Attorney, prosecuting major criminal cases for Yuma and Maricopa Counties. He served as Chief Civil Deputy for the Yuma County Attorney’s Office from 1999-2001.
Justice Gould has previously served on the Arizona Supreme Court Commission on Technology, as the President of the Arizona Judges’ Association, and has taught at the Judicial Conference and New Judge Orientations.
Luncheons are held the 2nd Monday of every month. In order to keep costs as low as possible, payment for lunch is taken in cash or check at the door. The cost for lunch is $30 per person.
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Luncheon attendees are required to wear masks or face coverings that cover the nose and mouth area while in public areas or public spaces of the hotel. Once they enter into private dwellings (like the ballroom) they are allowed to remove their masks since it will be in a meal setting. It is recommended that attendees bring their own masks.