The Georgia GOP convention is happening in Columbus. Here’s how to see Trump and others
Now that we know the Georgia Republican Party’s 2023 State Convention will be conducted June 9-10 in the Columbus Convention & Trade Center, here’s how you can attend and see some of the famous folks expected to attend as well.
Even if you aren’t a delegate or an alternate, you still can attend the convention by registering as a guest on the state party’s website, gagop.org.
Click on “2023 State Convention” then “Registration Links” then “Guest Only” to find the proper registration page.
The deadline for early registration online is June 2 at 5 p.m. The fees for early registration are:
- $110 for delegates and alternates
- $60 for guests older than 10 years of age
- $75 for June 9 dinner
- $45 for June 10 breakfast $20 for June 10 boxed lunch
- $50 for June 10 reception and dance
If you miss the early registration period, you can register in person at the convention site June 9-10, when the fees will be $150 for delegates and alternates and $60 for guests older than 10 years of age. Registration for the meals, reception and dance won’t be available then.
Credit cards will be the only accepted method of payment at the convention. If you attend only June 10, you must be in the registration line to check in by 10 a.m. No late check-in will be permitted.
DONALD TRUMP AND OTHERS TO SPEAK AT GEORGIA GOP CONVENTION
The convention schedule has lots of meetings for delegates. This year’s big attraction will be the appearance of former President Donald Trump. Two other presidential candidates campaigning for the GOP nomination and scheduled to attend the convention are former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Vivek Ramaswamy, cofounder and executive chairman of Strive Asset Management.
Former Vice President Mike Pence, who is expected to announce his presidential campaign June 7, had been scheduled to attend the convention, but Georgia GOP chairman David Shafer told delegates in an email Pence canceled “because of a televised national town hall at which he will be making an announcement regarding his future plans.”
Kari Lake, a former TV news anchor who was the Republican nominee in the 2022 Arizona gubernatorial election and has been mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate, will be the convention’s keynote speaker at the June 9 dinner.
Other speakers listed are Georgia politicians:
- Former Sen. Kelly Loeffler
- Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene
- Rep. Rick Allen
- Rep. Mike Collins
- Rep. Andrew Clyde
- Rep. Barry Loudermilk
- Rep. Rich McCormick
- Lt. Gov. Burt Jones
- Agriculture Commissioner Tyler Harper
- Labor Commissioner Bruce Thompson
- Public Service Commissioner Bubba McDonald.
Notably absent from that list are Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who have distanced themselves from the Trump wing of the Republican Party, which claims without evidence the 2020 presidential election was rigged.
This story comes to GPB through a reporting partnership with the Ledger-Inquirer.