The Georgia Young Republicans issued the following statement in regards to House Bill 722, as added to Senate Bill 145:

“Our Republican legislators have the unenviable task of balancing a number of interests, especially near the hectic end of each legislative session. Each decision weighs heavily upon their hearts as they consider what is best for their constituents and our fellow Georgians as a whole. HB 722, sponsored by Representative Allen Peake, is arguably one of the most meaningful and difficult of these considerations.

“We, as the Georgia Young Republicans, wish to recognize that Republicans have stances on both sides of the issue. Given the depth of discussion and debate on the topic, we hope that both chambers provide the opportunity to debate and vote on HB 722, as added to SB 145.”

Sara Cordle Danielle Rojas, 25
War Town Young Republicans

Danielle is one of those staunch conservatives we all love to know! “I am a republican because the principles in which the party stands by reflect my inner constitution,” she says. “I feel that government assistance should be minimal. I believe the people of this country should try their very best to take care of their needs before using government assistance. Yes hard times come to most everyone, but what makes someone stronger is by bettering themselves on their own and striving to live the true American dream.” Danielle is also a hard believer in our constitutional right to bear arms and that the government should have little regulation that right to own and carry a gun. She proudly exercises her right on a regular basis!

A cool fact about Danielle is that she celebrates Valentine’s Day as her birthday; she also spoils rotten her blood hound and yellow lab!

“If I could have coffee with any historical figure it would be Margaret Thatcher. She was the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century and is currently the only woman to have held the office. I would love to talk with her and get advice about what it’s like to be a strong and conservative female,” Danielle says. We can only imagine the conversation that would be.

Johnny HuegoMark Pettit, 23
Hall County Young Republicans

Mark Pettitt isn’t a new face in Georgia Politics. Starting in 2009 he became State Chairman of the Georgia Teen Republicans where served until 2010. He has also worked on many political campaigns in Georgia. Most notably Deal 2010, Hawkins for Congress, and numerous local elections in Hall County where he was born and raised. Mark is also a proud recipient of the 2011 Georgia 9th Congressional District Young Horizon Award.

Mark says he is a Republican because he “Believes in the power of an individual to, when met with opportunity, make his own success in life.” If Mark could sit down a grab coffee with one historical figure he said, “I would love to have coffee with Charlie Wilson; just to ask him why and how he did it.” Mark enjoys to garden in his free time and says it is his “therapy”.

Mark currently serves as the Hall County Young Republicans Executive Director. He works for the betterment of Hall County as Chairman of the Library Board and also serves as the district 1 representative on the SPLOST committee.

Goodbye, Mrs. Reagan!

This week saw the passing of Nancy Reagan, quite possibly one of the most gracious first ladies to join her husband in the White House.

Ken Duberstein, who served as Chief of Staff to President Reagan, said, “”Every time she was in the room, he was better, and every time he was in the room she was better. She brought a sense of class and dignity and elegance that everybody admired.”

Although we mourn her passing, we can always celebreate the legacy that both she and her husband left America with. The both loved this country deeply, its people most certainly, but above all each other.

Although we mourn, Mrs. Reagan, we rejoice in you joining your loving husband for eternity. Thank you for all you did for us.

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Sara Cordle Sara Cordle, 35
North Metro Young Republicans

Georgia is a place of dreams it will one day be said. So many Americans are moving here and calling it home. Sara Cordle, one of the founders and the Marketing / Events Chair for the North Metro Young Republicans, is one such Georgian. Now 35, she moved to Georgia to be with her future husband (she and Damien, her fiancé, will be married March 12!) who then got her more involved in party activities.

Funny story about “party activities.” Sara is a wedding planner by trade, and a fantastic one at that (in case anyone else is planning on getting hitched like she is). When she and Damien visited Cumberland Island on a small trip, they joined a local watering hole for some drinks and dinner – the only place open – and stumbled upon a wedding party. As they settled into their seats, in comes men in blue jeans and women in sundresses, followed by the groom carrying his bride. “That night Damien and I made 10 new friends – 15 if you count the 3 dogs, the bar owner who drank more than she sold and her cat Hank Williams,” Sara wrote.

Sara says “I am a republican because I believe there is a deeper satisfaction in a life that creates his or her own way rather than being told the path or handed the scraps to simply live on.” In no way is this demonstrated better than saying she’d have coffee with her younger self, aged 13, just simply to say things will be okay despite the trials and tough work ahead.

Johnny HuegoJohnny Huego, 27
NewRock Young Republicans

Johnny Huego is one of the emerging leaders in the Republican Party that recognize the importance of roots. “Constitutional and conservative principles are why I am a republican,” the 27-year old member of the NewRock Young Republicans tells us. “I love our country and the freedom, liberty, and potential it maintains.” Nowhere is this more evident than his choice of a historical figure with whom he’d grab a cup of coffee, John Adams.

Like most young voters, Johnny paid attention quite a bit when it came to politics, but as he put it, needed to mature “a little more down the line.” The patience is commendable, as he took time to understand the issues by discussing politics and ideas with his peers before getting out there with a full head of steam. Thankfully, he’s now part of a new chapter growing and flourishing in Georgia. No doubt that maturity he took time to develop is paying off tremendously.

One funny story about him. In 2012, when the Falcons faced the 49ers for a birth in the Super Bowl on the line, he turned around to take a selfie. He got a shot for social media, alright, as his entire section aimed to get his attention pointed towards the jumbotron. “All of a sudden I see everybody looking at me so I turn around and see myself on the big screen in the stadium! I was caught completely off guard!”

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Spring Training

Part of our efforts in GYR is to provide substantive value to our members and Republicans across the state. That is why we are so eager to feature another Basecamp session on February 27 in Columbus, right in the heart of downtown.

Our goal has always been to provide more than the simple “Here’s how to campaign” type learning session. It’s been focused on making sure we, as Republicans, know how to grow and flourish as leaders.

The session is only $25, and is easily worth a lot more! We hope to see you in Columbus, so make sure to visit for more information and to register!

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Jessica Carrier Jessica Carrier, 38
Rome Young Republicans

Jessica has been a member of the Rome Young Republicans since 2011. She initially joined because she wanted to be part of the entire process: meetings, special functions and conventions. She is passionate about helping get fiscal conservatives elected who fight for liberty and freedom on all levels of government. In 2012 she become the Secretary of Rome Young Republicans, and in 2013 was elected Recording Secretary for the Floyd County GOP.

Jessica firmly believes in the Mission Statement of the Floyd County GOP to describe why she is passionate about being a republican. If Jessica could grab coffee with a person in history it would be a toss up between Thomas Jefferson or James Madison. Topics of discussion would include Freedom, Liberty, standing firm in your beliefs, and doing what is right at all costs even when it isn’t popular to do what is right.

Fun Fact: Jessica loves music festivals. Her favorite band is Phish and most people think of her as a modern Hippie.

Walker GarrettWalker Garrett, 31
Greater Columbus Young Republicans

Walker has been involved with young republicans in some form since childhood. Want proof? As a young child in middle school, his friends and him formed the “Boo Bill Clinton Club” where we talked about what little 10-13 year old boys really knew about politics. As soon as he got to college, he joined the College Republicans and started working on grassroots efforts for the Bush ’43 campaign.

In 2010 he joined the Greater Columbus Young Republicans as soon as I got back from Mercer Law School. He became active with local YRs as a way to continue his involvement with the party and meet like minded individuals in Columbus.

He comments, “I am a Republican because I believe in limited government and personal responsibility. No party is perfectly alligned with anyone’s political views 100%, but the Republican Party certainly represents my views and beliefs best. I believe in the philosophy of teaching a man to fish, rather than giving a man a fish, empowering our fellow man to be independent needing the government to survive. The Republican Party’s fiscal policies in particular align my closely with my beliefs.”

If he could grab coffee with one person in history, it would be the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius. He would talk to him about where the United States is today, how that relates to the decline of the Roman Empire. He’d further ask him for advice on how to keep our nation moving forward and avoid sliding into decline like the Roman Empire and most other historical empires have done.

Fun Fact: He is a pug lover. He adopted two pugs from King Henry and Gracie, a local shelter. Walker considers himself “pugsessed,” he continues, “Pugs have the best personalities, stubborn but adorable.” Connect with Walker.

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Eighth District Congressman Austin Scott (R-GA) and Georgia Young Republican President Robert Lee will address the Lowndes County Republican Party at its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

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