Young Republicans Respond to RNC Growth and Opportunity Project

Lisa Stickan, the Chairman of the Young Republican National Federation made the following statement in response to the Republican National Committee’s Growth and Opportunity Project:

The RNC has done an outstanding job laying out the challenges faced by our party how it operates and building a plan in response to those challenges. I congratulate RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and his committee for producing such an important set of recommendations about the future of our party, and we were glad to participate in the process with the RNC by meeting with staff and submitting findings. The YRNF looks forward to working with the RNC on all aspects of this plan, but several parts are particularly important.

Younger generations are the most diverse in our country. This is demonstrated by the 2012 results in which Mitt Romney won 51% of the white youth vote, but only got 36% of the youth vote overall. Reaching out to young people will mean reaching out to minorities. The YRNF has lead in this area and will continue to lead here as many of our most talented leaders are women and minorities. We look forward to working with the RNC on this through all of its coalitions programs.

In addition, we are pleased to see a year-round commitment to a field program from the RNC. Especially in many urban areas, Young Republican chapters are the most vibrant party organizations, often with many more members than senior party organizations and often producing much more volunteer activity than the senior party organizations. We look forward to sharing our expertise on the ground with RNC staff.

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