On April 20th, delegates to the Young Republican Federation of Virginia have a number of important choices to make as they decide who will lead this organization into the future.
I’d like to briefly tell you a little bit about Richard McCarty, one of the two candidates for first vice chairman.
Richard McCarty is someone that I have known for quite a long while. I first met him through our time in the William & Mary College Republicans. Some time later, our paths crossed professionally again as we both worked to promote the pro-life cause at college campuses across the nation. Over the years, he has proven himself to be a tireless advocate for a multitude of important conservative causes.
Now, Richard is running for the position of first vice chairman within the Young Republican Federation of Virginia. This is a job for which I believe he possesses the necessary fortitude, conviction, and know-how to be a tremendous asset to the YRFV.
During my time in politics, I have been involved in a multitude of different organizations. Besides writing this blog for almost five years, I have been an employee of the Republican Party of Virginia, proudly was employed as a campaign staffer for Dr. Ron Paul, and currently serve on the board of directors for the Shenandoah Valley Tea Party. Although I only speak for myself on this matter and not any of these organizations, I firmly believe that the YRFV executive board needs someone like Richard McCarty.
Even though we do not agree on every single issue, I believe that it is impossible to find an individual who is more devoted to his principles and the organizations of which he is a part than Richard. Let me add that I am pleased, not only to call him my friend, but also work alongside him in the fight for limited government conservatism.
For these reasons, I’m proud to offer my endorsement of Richard McCarty for First Vice Chairman for the YRFV. I hope that the delegates will strongly support Richard’s candidacy at the upcoming convention on April 20th.
Earlier today, three statewide candidates running for leadership positions in the Young Republican Federation of Virginia (YRFV) visited Harrisonburg. Despite the falling snow, Phil Bell (who is running for chairman), Richard McCarty (who is running for first vice chairman), and Adam Cassandra (who is running for second vice chairman), all came from northern Virginia to speak to the Shenandoah Valley Young Republicans at the local O’Charley’s restaurant. The YRs, as the name suggests, is a political organization made up of Republican 18-40 year olds across the commonwealth.
The meeting lasted for several hours as they spoke about their plans to improve the organization, calling for increased communication, not only between the state board and the various localities, but also promoting greater regional ties between the individual member groups. In addition, they discussed the need to enhance dialogue with Republican candidates and campaigns so that the YRs can more effectively impact local, state, and national elections. Perhaps the most critical matter was the dialogue of ways to improve YR membership numbers throughout Virginia, rewarding successful clubs, and bolstering weaker ones. Although not as important an issue, the rather curious plan of holding the upcoming YRFV convention at a bar and grill in Arlington was also mentioned.
As a personal note, I appreciated the opportunity to talk candidly to these three men about politics and the future of the Republican movement here in Virginia. Although I have known Richard since our days together in the William & Mary College Republicans, I must say that all three seem to be worthy, knowledgeable, and motivated candidates whose skills should enhance the YRFV. Today, they proved that they care enough about the future of the Young Republicans to visit the various portions of the state, even in less than ideal weather. Even though I hope to learn firsthand about the rest of the candidates running, I encourage all delegates to the YRFV Convention to be familiar with all of their choices and to give these three folks their due consideration before casting their ballots on April 20th.
Thank you for coming to Harrisonburg and best of luck to Mr. Bell, Mr. McCarty, and Mr. Cassandra.