Newly elected president of Legislative District 20 GOP, Jeni White, said one of her personal goals is to encourage more people to take their government back.

"It's our government, yours and mine. It's our responsibility to keep it that way," she said.

White noted that she's relatively new to politics. She has a career in a different field, but said she could not just stand by and watch any longer.

"Like many newcomers, I'm involved in politics because of Plato's penalty for refusal," White said. "In government today we see bloated bureaucracy that neglects our security at the border, encroaches on our personal liberties and burns through our hard-earned wealth at staggering rates. Once you see that and realize how it's affecting your kids' future, what choice do you have but to get involved?"

White said she began attending district meetings about a year ago. It was the "get-out-the-vote" project that really drew her in. After the first project more kept coming and she stayed on to help out.

White was a founding member of the Ahwatukee Tea Party. She says she believes it will be interesting to see how the GOP and Tea Party groups interact over time.

"Tea Party members and lifelong Republicans have more in common than not; for example, most of us agree on the need for limited government because we've all seen government out of control," White said. "I think the exchange of ideas is good for us all, even if it gets a little loud on occasions."

White was elected as president after Anthony Miller resigned in January. The district's bylaws called for a special election, which was last month. The rest of the board will be selected in April.

Miller said he plans to focus his attention on his non-profit, American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy.

White said she sees her election as having "more to do with willingness to serve at this time than any particular qualities."

When asked whether she feels any pressure taking over after so many resignations, White said it's not about feelings.

"It's about getting the job done," she said. "That's what we did in the 2010 election, and it's what we're going to do in 2012."

As for goals this year for LD20 GOP, White said she hopes to "provide precinct committeemen with tools and resources to get out the word and the vote. And then to clear the path and stay out of their way, because they're going to hit the ground running."

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