The Republican National Committee on Thursday unveiled its logo for the 2020 convention in Charlotte, as the host committee kicked off a drive for 8,000 volunteers.
The announcements came as part of the first day of the RNC’s annual summer meeting in Charlotte. Party officials from around the country are meeting at the Westin Hotel.
Thursday’s announcement took place at Spectrum Arena, where the convention will kick off on Aug. 24, 2020.
The press conference featured GOP national Chair Ronna McDaniel and John Lassiter, who chairs the convention’s host committee. It also marked the first public appearance of convention president and CEO Marcia Lee Kelly.
Kelly unveiled the logo, which features a red elephant over a blue version of the city’s own crown logo.
The announcement came a week after the Charlotte City Council passed a resolution to “strongly condemn” President Donald Trump’s call for four Democratic congresswomen to “go back” to “the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” as well as chants of “Send Her Back” at last month’s Trump rally in Greenville. Three of the four congresswomen were born in the U.S.
The council vote came after a brief discussion on whether the city could legally back out of its agreement back out of its agreement with the RNC to host the convention. The city attorney told the council that could land Charlotte in a costly legal fight.
Mayor Vi Lyles was out of town on vacation Thursday. No council members attended the announcement. Lyles has been a supporter of bringing the convention to Charlotte.
Ron Kaufman, who headed the GOP’s convention’s site selection committee, downplayed the council resolution. He called Lyles “a terrific city leader” who has put her city first.
“In the end this is about the city of Charlotte becoming a world-class city, which it is,” he told reporters.
The event drew members of the GOP convention committee and its staff as well as GOP officials.
Lassiter kicked off the push to recruit the 8,000 volunteers needed during the convention. In May, he told the Charlotte Rotary that his group is “way ahead” of earlier conventions in fundraising. He said organizers have “a clear pathway” to their goal of raising more than $70 million for the convention.
He said the convention could have a $200 million direct and indirect economic impact on the city.
Organizers expect 50,000 visitors for the convention, including 15,000 journalists from around the world. The convention will recruit more than 8,000 volunteers, all of whom will be subject to background searches.
The city hosted its first national convention in 2012, when Democrats renominated President Barack Obama.