The Ottawa County Republicans were out in full force during the 31st Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference.
The weekend started Friday afternoon with the Pink Elephants Reception co-hosted by Ottawa GOP Chair, Amanda Van Essen. The networking event was geared toward the Republican Party’s outreach to women.
Later on Friday night Senator Arlan Meekhof, Senate Majority Leader, hosted a reception for all conference attendees. The Senator was seen happily greeting the crush of guests who attended.
Saturday the Leading Ladies Reception, cohosted by State Representative Daniela Garcia, was visited by Presidential Candidate Carly Fiorina. The lunch reception was standing room only and also featured comments by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson.
Saturday afternoon Congressman Bill Huizenga hosted Get the Scoop with Congressman Huizenga, an ice cream social featuring Congressman Ryan Zinke from Montana. As a former Navy Seal and Seal trainer, Congressman Zinke talked about current national security issues and how Congress is working to keep Americans safe.
In addition to his event, Congressman Huizenga sponsored a group of eight high school students from West Ottawa High School and Holland Christian High School. These students were given the opportunity to hear all of the Presidential candidates on the island speak, attend many VIP receptions and meet the candidates personally.
Senator Arlan Meekhof made news when he announced his endorsement of Governor John Kasich Saturday afternoon at a reception in honor of the Governor. He joins former Congressman Pete Hoekstra in supporting the Governor from Ohio’s Presidential bid.
You can check out #ottawagop on Instagram to see some of the other notable Ottawa County Republicans at the conference!