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Save the date: Ben Carson will keynote Anchorage Republican Women event in August

Dr. Ben Carson, who was a candidate for president in 2016 and later became the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development under President Donald Trump, will keynote an event for the Anchorage Republican Women’s Club on Aug. 22.

Club President Judy Eledge sent out a “save the date” notice to her membership on Saturday.

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Carson is a neurosurgeon who performed the first successful separation of conjoined twins whose heads were attached to each other. In 1987, when the operation was undertaken, Carson led a team of 70 surgical professionals, and the entire operation took 22 hours.

Carson later became known for his groundbreaking work on the brains of those who have severe epilepsy.

In 2016, when Carson was among the earlier Republican candidates to file for president, he was the first to sign up to participate in the Alaska Republican Party’s Presidential Preference Poll, which is the state party’s caucus-by-ballot method for determining who it will support for president.

“ARWC is very excited to bring an American of this caliber to Anchorage. I want to make sure people know it is a fundraiser, and that ARWC gives everything it makes to supporting conservative candidates. I especially want to thank the board of ARWC — they work so hard to make memorable events like this happen,” Eledge said.

The details of the event will be announced shortly, Eledge said.

Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.


  1. Dr. Ben Carson is a literal brain surgeon.

    Every Democrat representative Nationwide from the so-called President on down to dog catcher is a brain fart.

    Just saying….

  2. Dr Carson is top notch. He is a very upstanding American. If you have not read his book you need to. His mom worked 3 jobs to get him threw medical school. Rags to riches by good old hard work and sacrifice.

  3. One of the smartest people inside the beltway which makes him not qualified for any position in government.

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