WKU Public Radio News Staff
Tue October 9, 2012
Kentucky GOP Turning to Young Activists To Help With State House Races
With less than a month to go before Election Day, the GOP has turned to their College Republican and Young Republican chapters to help push them over the top. James Young is vice-chair of the statewide Young Republicans group. And he says his members are fanning out statewide to become the de facto campaign staff in state House races.
“When we say adopt we are going to absorb a lot of the responsibilities, you know some of these House candidates, they don’t have full blown staff.” he says.
So with help from the Republican Party of Kentucky, local chapters are adopting competitive House races to become that campaign staff. The chapters are sending their members halfway across the state in some instances, with Louisville chapter members being sent to Western Kentucky to help with four competitive races down there.
Young says this first-time move shows that the youth vote isn’t solely in the Democrats corner. And that his peers will be the difference this fall.
“The Young Republicans have begun to make and are going to push the state Republican caucus to a majority in November,” he says.
House Republicans need to win a net of 10 seats in order to control the chamber.