January 2024 Featured Speakers

Guest Speakers:
Charlotte Perez, Chairwoman of the Arizona Young Republicans,
Arizona Young Republicans National Committeewoman, Katie Ward,
and Rene Lopez, Candidate for Arizona Corporation Commission

l to r:  Charlotte Perez, Katie Ward, Rene Lopez

Charlotte Perez began her journey in conservative activism at the beginning of Turning point Action in 2020.  She quickly became involved in their groundbreaking Students for Trump project and witnessed firsthand the potential for grassroots movements to effect change.  In 2022, she established the Mount Vernon Project, a strategic department aimed at advancing conservative ideals. 

Charlotte has been actively engaged with the Arizona Young Republicans since their recharting in 2021.  She served as 2nd Vice Chair in LD 5 for six months, lending her leadership and organizational skill to invigorate the GOP.  She is part of the communications committee for the Greater Phoenix Republican Women.  She believes in engaging at the grassroots level, recruiting Precinct Committeemen, and fighting for election integrity. 

Katie Ward currently serves the Executive Director of the Arizona Coalition of School Board Members advocating for putting students first, traditional education, parental rights, and transparency back in our schools.  She earned degrees in History and Political Science and a certificate in Political Thought and Leadership from ASU.  She has been involved in grassroots conservative politics for over a decade.  She is a Precinct Committeeman in Legislative District 14.

Rene Lopez is a former Chandler City Councilman and served as a cryptologic officer aboard U.S. Navy submarines.  He is a third-generation Arizonian and the first in his extended family to graduate college.  He graduated from Dobson High School, attended Maricopa Community College and went on to graduate with a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Arizona.

In 2007, he got involved with the Republican Party, working his way up to Legislative District Chairman and Second Vice Chair of the Executive Guidance Committee. After serving on the Chandler Parks and Recreation committee, he was elected to the City Council in 2014. He was re-elected in 2018 and has served as Vice Mayor of Chandler.

In 2017, he co-founded Cece’s Hope Center. CeCe’s Hope Center is a non-profit based in the East Valley that helps young women at risk and rescued from sex-trafficking from all around the State of Arizona.