Riverside County Republican Party Chairman Don Dix dies at 64 – Press Enterprise

The chairman of the Riverside County Republican Party and a prominent figure in conservative interior politics has died.

Riverside County Republican Party Chairman Don Dix died on Tuesday, February 22, 2022. The radio host was a prominent figure in domestic political conservative circles. (Courtesy of AM590 The Answer)

Don Dix, 64, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, said Murrieta Mayor Jonathan Ingram, who was Dix’s predecessor as party chairman.

On January 18, Dix, who lived in Corona, posted on his Facebook page that he suffered a “very severe flare-up” of ulcerative colitis in late October, lost 70 pounds and had health complications as a result.

From 2015 to 2021, Dix co-hosted “The Jen and Don Showon AM590 The Answer, a conservative talk radio station in San Bernardino. His costar, Jennifer Horn, said Dix “was so humble and so generous and wanted to change things.”

He did it, Horn said, by connecting with people.

“He would talk to everyone he met, whether we were at an air show or at a restaurant,” she said. “He inspired real change because he was a real person.”

Dix also co-founded the Unite IE Conservative Conference, an annual gathering of Southern California conservatives. Previous conferences have featured GOP presidential candidates — Carly Fiorina, Nick Perry and Bobby Jindal attended the 2015 conference — Republican politicians like Representative Louie Gohmert of Texas and conservative media figures like Sebastian GorkaDinesh D’Souza and Anne Coulter.

The rallies have boosted the morale of conservatives in a state where Democrats are politically dominant.

“It’s an invitation for conservatives to get off the couch, out of the bleachers, and into the playing field,” Dix said in 2016.

Dix became county GOP chairman in January 2021.

“He didn’t stay in the back with the gear,” Ingram said. “He went out and worked…he did what a typical party chairman would do plus 10.”

Dix was particularly passionate about school choice, which seeks to give parents alternatives to public schools, and was a “constitutionalist” who did not want people’s rights to be “usurped,” Ingram said.

Ali Mazarei, who served with Dix on the GOP County Central Committee, said Dix shared his passion for saving California and was instrumental in organizing local party grassroots activism through meetings that involved the Conservatives and talked to each other.

“We can’t fight with lobbyists’ money and vested interests because there’s no way to collect so much money,” Mazarei said. “But we can bring people together and encourage them to get involved (and) inform and inspire them.”

Once a solid GOP, Riverside County has gone purple, if not blue, in recent years as its population grows and becomes more diverse. Democrats now hold an advantage in county voter registration, and Democratic presidential candidates have won the county since 2008.

Still, the county continues to have strong pockets of GOP voters, particularly in southwest Riverside County, who support conservative lawmakers like State Sen. Melissa Melendez of Lake Elsinore. And Riverside County was the largest county in California to vote last September to recall Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Dix’s activism played a big part in that result, Horn said.

“Don was so humble and generous and wanted to change things,” she said.

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