◼ Ward Connerly, author and leader of efforts to require equal treatment of all in public education, employment and contracting, will be the keynote speaker at the Humboldt County Republican Party's Reagan Centennial/Republican-of-the-Year dinner on Thursday, June 23.
As a member of the University of California Board of Regents, Connerly led a majority of the board to vote to end UC's use of race as a means of admissions. He then served as chairman of the California Civil Rights Initiative campaign (Proposition 209 in 1996), which passed by 55 percent to 45 percent. He led efforts to pass similar state initiatives in Michigan, Nebraska and Washington.
At the dinner, civic leader Dennis Hunter will be honored as Republican of the Year. He served four terms as an elected board member of the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation & Conservation District, served on the Redwood Region Economic Development Commission from 1992-2007 and on several community boards including Easter Seals and the Greater Eureka Chamber of Commerce.
Honored as Volunteer of the Year will be Karen Brooks, who became active in politics for the first time in 2010 as the party's nominee for the 1st Assembly District seat.
The program also will include a centennial tribute to the late President Ronald Reagan.
Invited dinner guests will gather at the Ingomar Club for the event.