Abbie Frye, 21
Buckhead Young Republicans
Abbie represents the next generation of Buckhead Young Republicans. As a senior at UGA she has a dual role, both being a YR and a CR. In December 2014 she was elected Chairman of the UGA College Republicans. One of her goals was to establish relationships with YR chapters throughout the state, something that was previously non-existent.
She is a Republican because she views the of party’s pragmatic principles and common-sense American values of limited government, lower taxes and individual liberties are key to ensure our country’s best days lie ahead.
“I have learned that college students are most successful when they not only have a community, but also have mentors and role models, folks who share the same political interests, but are just a few steps ahead. After visiting a few YR chapters, I decided that Buckhead was the best chapter for me to invest in, not only because of its convenient location in Atlanta, my home stomping grounds, but also because of the culture that is so prevalent in this chapter. Joining BYR as a lifetime member was an easy decision for me.”
In 2015 Abbie interned for Senator Johnny Isakson in Washington D.C. She’s helped take the lessons learned there and has been playing a crucial role on the GOP can connect with young people and current serves on BYR’s executive board as CR Liason. She adds, “I have experienced and continue to experience lifelong friendships not only in my home chapter of BYR, but also in YR chapters throughout the state. I will forever be a “cheerleader” for College Republicans and Young Republicans in Georgia, and look forward to many, many years of friendship and fun ahead.”
Josh Means, 28
Cherokee Young Republicans
Josh is a resident of Woodstock, GA. He first because involved with YRs in 2011 and is the new Chairman of the Cherokee Young Republicans. He believes in giving back to his community and starting one-on-one dialogs with members of government when the policies they create hurt families.
According to Josh, “I believe our leaders need to learn how they can better serve the people they represent, and they need to be held accountable to acting on that knowledge. That’s why I’m a conservative.”
He continues, “One single voice might not affect much change on its own, but I know first-hand that our country is better off when we put our voices and experiences together. That’s why I’ve been involved with the YR group in my county since 2011. It gives me the networking opportunities I personally need to improve my community one conversation at a time.”
If he could grab coffee and chat with one person in history, he’d hang out with Bono. Josh would ask him about his favorite memory helping the poorest places on earth develop their local economies.
Fun facts, he speaks Thais, and was a thespian in high school and college!