Five years later Roanoke Conference in Ocean Shores continues to thrive

Ocean Shores, Washington – For the fifth year in a row right-leaning elected officials, young professionals, campaign operatives, policy advisers and grassroots activists will gather in Ocean Shores for 2014 Roanoke Conference. Organizers tell us early registration numbers are on track to beat 2013’s record-breaking conference which boasted over 500 participants.

“I’m pleasantly surprised by the initial registration numbers this year,” said Board President Don Skillman. “We’ve managed to create something really unique and fun with the Roanoke Conference. It’s a great combination of networking, policy discussions and civil political debate. There’s no other event like it in Washington state.”

This year’s program will include a keynote speech by North Carolina Congresswoman Renee Ellmers. Ellmers has taken a prominent role in uncovering the incompetence surrounding the national health insurance exchange website. Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellsperman, a key player in her state’s “right-to-work” reform effort, is scheduled to give the Friday night welcome address.

“This year’s the conference has a running theme of ‘Women Making a Leadership Difference,’” said Lisa Shin, Vice President of the Board. “Cultivating strong women leaders — like Secretary of State Kim Wyman and Congresswomen Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Jaime Herrera Beutler — is not only important to conservative-leaning groups, but also to our state. I’m really looking forward to the discussion and where it leads us after the conference.”

The conference will begin Friday evening at the Ocean Shores Conference Center and will continue with a variety of events through Sunday. Events include two evening programs, issue floor debates, and several panels featuring local elected officials, community leaders and activists. An agenda can be found at

Reporters planning to attend are encouraged to register with Brad Harwood at [email protected] Only credentialed press will be admitted into the conference floor. Reporters who want to speak with a Roanoke Conference spokesperson, but are unable to attend, may call (206) 915-7067.

The original concept for the Roanoke Conference was hatched as all good ideas should be – between close friends who share a passion for politics. Their idea: To create a retreat-like atmosphere in which the up and coming generation of people passionate and interested in public policy and politics could form bonds that might knit together frayed coalitions in a dominantly “blue” state. Thanks to steady attendance growth and a fun atmosphere, The Seattle Times has dubbed Roanoke the “must-attend event for … Republican leaders” in Washington State. For more information visit: