GYR: Why did you join the Young Republicans?
I became involved in the Young Republicans to rebrand the party. There are so many amazing traits of the Republican party that are lost in sound bites. I also will continue to fight for our children through educational advocacy.
One fun fact is that sang the National Anthem at the University of South Florida’s homecoming game in 1999 as part of a quinte.
I would love to sit down and have a chat with Ted Cruz. He is extremely intelligent and well versed in the Constitution and can be a powerful voice to refocus the party and the messaging.
I am a Young Republican because it seems like a natural orogression. I started my political activity in 2003 at 15 years old by establishing the Sprayberry High School Teen-Republicabs, and working with my longtime friend and now fellow War Town Young Republican, Jade Morey, to establish the Cobb County Teen-Republicans, and was a founding member of the Georgia Teen-Republicans. I went on to Valdosta State University and was Chairman of our College Republican Chapter there from 2008-2011. There I also was a founding member of the South Georgia Young Republicans; after graduating Valdosta State I moved to Jacsonville, FL and was an active member of the Jacksonville Young Republicans, also serving as the North Florida GOTV Director for Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign. I moved to Warner Robins in 2013 and have since worked as a Field Representative/Office Manager for U.S. Congressman Austin Scott. Moving here, I realized there was a lack of opportunities to meet and connect with fellow Young Professionals and Republicans that are like minded, specifically millenials. Jade Morey, Eric Langston, myself and others started the War Town Young Republicans in 2015, and having spent the last 12 years heavily involved in similar organizations, I have enjoyed pulling from that experience to encourage the implementation of some of my favorite activities from the past. This lead to many Debate Watch Parties and our Battleground State Deployment to St. Petersburg/Clearwater, FL this weekend. Those of us that love politics and became active at a young age know that it is in our blood, it’s a big part of who we are as people; we live and breathe it.
My first campaign I actively volunteered for as Tom Price’s original run for Congress in 2004. It was a crowded primary and contentious runoff. It was a great experience getting to know then State Senator Tom Price; Congressman Tom Price remains one of my favorite people in politics.
If I could grab coffee with anyone, I would have to say it would be Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. I think he is a brilliant individual, and he knows exactly what is needed to build a bright and sucessful future for the Republican Party and for our nation. His compassion for others and his humility provide a great example for young aspiring leaders. Wheather it be in 2020 or 2024, I am Team Paul Ryan for President all the way!