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.