Hannah YuHannah Yu, 25
Cobb County Young Republicans

Hanna is a University of Georgia graduate where she majored in journalism. Many of the values that’s driven her to become more active with the YRs was formed as a child. Hanna’s aunt and uncle raised her and her brother. Current events where a continuous focus. Hanna believes in personal responsibility, a strong national defense, upholding the constitution, and fiscal responsibility. Above all, Hanna expresses that she believes in America.

She has lived in Cobb County since she was 7 years old. She appreciates the solid GOP base within the community and also sees the elephant in the room (no pun intended) is the cliche that the GOP is without young representation. Her role within the YRs allows Hanna to contribute to the community that helped shape her into the person she is today, reaching both the young, and the young at heart. Fun fact, Hanna learned to drive on a Model A Ford. Fairly certain this is unique for all YRs in Georgia, maybe all YRs nationally!

Hanna is a Constituent Services Representative at Office of U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson. Hanna serves as the Vice Chair of Membership with Cobb Young Republicans.


Josh CampbellJosh Campbell, 35
Savannah Area Young Republicans

Josh Campbell graduated from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia in 2002. While there he worked for Republican Virginia Delegate, Kathy Byron as a campaign and staff aide. And he worked for Congressman Saxby Chambliss in 2001 in Washington, DC. Upon graduation, he worked for a Vice-Chairman of the Georgia Republican Party for two years before attending The Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.

He has litigated hundreds of cases both in Savannah and in Atlanta since passing the bar in 2007. He worked for the president of the Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyers association in Savannah, and in Atlanta represented doctors in malpractice suits at Hall, Booth, Smith law firm. He was part of the government affairs team there as well.

Josh is a 2011 graduate of Republican Leadership for Georgia. Now, Josh is the Field Representative of Congressman Buddy Carter, based in the Savannah office. He is also the Communications Director for the Savannah Area Young Republicans.

Digital Engagement

Our efforts this year focus heavily on our digital presence so we can communicate with more young conservatives across Georgia.

Some of those efforts include expanding our social media network. Since our state convention in May, our Facebook presence has expanded by 27.51% and the reach of our content has grown 5 fold! Twitter has been slower growth of 6.6% since our convention, although we still made 22,427 unique impressions.

Just as important, we’ve launched some great new digital features for GYR:

  • Member Spotlights – highlighting who are members are and the work they do.
  • Caption Contest – Young Republican humor. Is there anything else to be said?
  • Branded Link Shortening – improved analytics with branded “gyr.gop/…” shortened links.

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Politicians were quick to politicize the tragedy in Roseburg, Oregon last week. President Obama claimed that “we know that states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths,” yet fails to mention that when looking at gun related homicides, 3 of the 5 states with the lowest rates have little restrictions on gun rights (Vermont, New Hampshire, South Dakota). Now, all of this is not to say that one state is better than the other. It merely says that “common sense” doesn’t necessarily dictate what the reality we face is. After all, according to the Pew Research Center, 56% of Americans polled believe gun related deaths are higher than in the 90s when in fact the reality is we have seen a 49% decrease since the peak in 1993.

The shooting at Umpqua Community College does demonstrate two demonstrable facts that Young Republicans have to understand if we are to have a reasonable conversation. First, we as young conservatives have to be willing to engage people on a deeper level than “guns save lives.” That’s rhetoric meant to confirm our own feelings instead of engaging those that differ with us. Once again, we have to face the reality that the people we are communicating with increasingly don’t see the world that way, and if our only goal is to lecture them on why they are wrong then we will undeniably lose the argument, and with it our rights under the 2nd Amendment.

Second, we have to begin to view our rights as a byproduct of a deeper philosophical foundation – protecting life is our purpose. Violence of any sort is what we should be striving to prevent, and this means building off last month’s commentary about engaging people. Valerie Weiner writes about how young people may join violent gangs as a result of marginalization, highlighting the hope that comes from building bonds with other people (and the impact that lacking those bands has). More than 3 million children witness domestic violence, and it costs our country $37 billion annually in legal, health, and lost productivity. Preventing this should be our goal first and foremost.

The key for any of our efforts is to end violence and build a tangible concept of hope. That tangible concept manifests itself in the role we take in lifting our fellow Georgians up when they feel tired, afraid, and hopeless. President Obama’s quick politicization of the Oregon shooting is but one consequence of the larger problem. Laziness. Pure intellectual and spiritual laziness, which is a risk we conservatives have to recognize, too. Responding to the president with more rhetoric about the 2nd Amendment won’t protect our rights. Protecting lives will, and the best way we can do this is preventing violence towards our fellow Georgians at every opportunity we get. Young Republicans can, have, and will take a leading role in that endeavor.

GYR_Daelen Lowry_GwinnettDaelen Lowry, 19
Gwinnett Young Republicans

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19 year old Daelen represents the promise of what the Young Republicans are capable of becoming. With deep principles that long to see our country returned to the ideal of our founding fathers and service to “We the People” instead of self-serving career politicians, she joined the Gwinnett chapter about 8 months ago after being active in the Teenage Republicans. “I am really active with the county GOP,” she wrote. “I felt that I can do more and learn more in a YR group.”

Daelen isn’t simply a one hit wonder on the political scene, though. She’s been shooting traditional archery since she was six years old, giving a new spin on what it means to use our 2nd Amendment rights! When asked if she could have a cup of coffee with one person in history, she mentioned Clara Barton. Daelen would love to know what “motivated her to aid so many men on the battlefield even though she was putting herself in harm’s way, and what advice she would give to women today.”


GYR_Brandon Joseph Barr_Old CapitolBrandon Joseph Barr, 21
Old Capitol Young Republicans

The Old Capitol Young Republicans are a newer chapter in the GYR family, in large part to the efforts of Brandon working side by side with his brother Ryan to start the chapter in Milledgeville. Brandon has been involved since its inception about a year ago.

The aspiring golf pro turned politico when he went to college, and his purpose in being part of the Republican Party remains firmly in “preserving the American dream.” That commitment to manifest destiny is exampled perfectly by the great American John Browning, designer of some of the greatest firearms in history. Brandon would love to ask the simple, but profoundly important, question about how he came up with such innovative designs.

The Power of Conversation

The past couple of months have brought great opportunities to the Young Republicans. Personally, that has been the wonderful invitations to speak to Republican gatherings across Georgia since my election in May. The response I receive from Republicans has been overwhelmingly supportive of our efforts. That doesn’t just include the plans we have to recruit other younger party members into the fold. What has been well received across Georgia is the effort of the Young Republicans to build relationships with the leaders of our party who have a lot to teach us.

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by GYR Chairman Robert Lee

The past couple of months have brought great opportunities to the Young Republicans. Personally, that has been the wonderful invitations to speak to Republican gatherings across Georgia since my election in May. The response I receive from Republicans has been overwhelmingly supportive of our efforts. That doesn’t just include the plans we have to recruit other younger party members into the fold. What has been well received across Georgia is the effort of the Young Republicans to build relationships with the leaders of our party who have a lot to teach us. Conversely, the come to realize they have a lot to learn from us, too, and that is where the real party building takes place. We have a conversation as Republicans – a very productive, respectful conversation that leads to real personal growth.

Consider first that younger generations just have more on their mind than politics. While this has always been consistent among previous generations at the time they were between the ages Millenials are now (roughly 18-36), it is still noteworthy that “politics” will not reverberate among younger voters the same way it will with older voters. That is for a good reason, too. Many of us that are recent graduates are saddled with enormous education debts. Many of us that have been in the workforce for the better part of a decade face higher unemployment as a result of the most recent recession, or we have young families with the pressures of educating our children.

Furthermore, we receive our information from different sources. The Pew Research Center identified that Millenials are less familiar with nearly half of surveyed news sources than previous generations. However, those news sources that Millenials are more familiar with are digital – Google News, Facebook, and Buzzfeed are the primary examples. Even those that are television based – Colbert Report, Daily Show – are created with shareable content in mind and frequently feature in those same digital news sources.

Initially, that looks like a difficult barrier to breakdown, however worry not about our generation. One thing we do appreciate is the fact that our predecessors have strong moral character and work ethic, which is something we can learn from. That same Pew study noted that 70% of Millenials say older generations have stronger moral values; 74% were noted as believing the work ethic is stronger in older generations. That said, what Millenials do better, according to us, is racial and ethnic tolerance. 47% of Millenials give higher marks to our generation. These, of course, are just attitudes, but what does it say about our generation?

We recognize we have a lot to learn and room to grow. That is where the power of a conversation comes in. We value relationships and the power of personal connections, and considering that, there is always one thing above all else that will build a strong relationship to build our party. Embrace the individual you are speaking to; the one thing that each of us own that nobody else does is our name. Our identity is unique, and that is the one thing that sets our generation apart from our predecessors. We were brought up to be unique, treated as unique consumers, and given tools in every day life to express that uniqueness. Nothing recognizes that better than asking “What’s your name, and what’s your story?”

There’s a lot of power in that, nothing more powerful than the ability to connect to a generation of voters.

From Insider Advantage:

The Georgia Young Republicans continue their good work with the launching of their new site, now with a .gop domain.

The new site, located at http://georgiayrs.2gstrategies.com, uses the Republican National Committee’s digital platform – a major part of the GYR strategy to promote outreach and ease of access. Said newly elected GYR Chairman Robert Lee via press release, “This is one small step, but an important one, in our efforts to make sure the Georgia Young Republicans are recognized as an organization that thrives on innovation. Through the use of the .gop TLD, we can represent our state nationwide as a leader in the use of emerging digital technology within the Republican Party.”

Another step forward for one of the nation’s premiere Young Republican chapters as it ramps up its efforts leading up to a Presidential election year in 2016.

Off and Running!: The 2015-16 Strategic Plan

Since our convention in May, the Georgia Young Republicans have aggressively and eagerly planned for the upcoming year. Now that the YRNF Convention is over, we are back home and getting ready to kick off an amazing term. To define our goals and make sure all Republicans know what they can expect from us, we have adopted a comprehensive strategic plan.

Our goal is not to be a mere social group, but to have a functional value to members and Republicans across the state. That means useful training sessions like our upcoming Basecamp, a stronger online presence to spread the Republican message to younger voters, and a focus on winning in 2016.

We can’t wait to get to work, and all of us look forward to seeing you soon.

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