For Immediate Release
2015 Elections Showcase Young Republicans on the Rise
November 4, 2015
The Young Republican National Federation (YRNF) made a strong push nationwide in critical and pivotal elections with many candidates seeing successful elections. The Young Republicans had a strong presence in supporting candidates ranging from the national, state, and local levels.
YRNF hosted a three week deployment for members across the nation to make calls into Kentucky–the most competitive state in the country–for the statewide ticket. Allison Ball, Kentucky Young Republicans National Committeewoman was successfully elected as the State Treasurer along with the newly elected Governor of Kentucky, Matt Bevin.
Multiple state federations were deployed across the nation in order to assist in other competitive races. The DC Young Republicans deployed twice to Virginia in their successful efforts to retain the Republican lead of 21-19 in the Virginia Senate. Republican Glen Sturtevant kept the Senate seat in the Richmond-area being vacated by GOP Senator John Watkins. Sturtevant will be the first Young Republican to serve in the Virginia Senate in decades.
The YRNF is also proud of the efforts and resources that were put into the successful reelection of former New Jersey Young Republicans Chairman and current YRNF Assistant Treasurer, Michael Thulen, who will serve again as Council Member in the Borough of Point Pleasant. He, along with four other New Jersey YRs, were able to win on what was otherwise a tough night in the Garden State.
More than twenty Young Republicans were elected across New York State. Notably, Fred Ashkar was elected State Senator preserving the Republican control of the State Senate. Former New York State Young Republicans Chairman Giovanni Scaringi was elected to the Binghamton City Council giving the GOP its first majority in decades. Locally, many Young Republicans saw successful reelections. In Connecticut, YRNF National Committee Woman Stephanie Cummings won her reelection as member of the Board of Alderman. Zach Upton, Ohio Young Republicans Chairman, also saw a successful reelection effort and will serve as City Council Member of Beavercreek, OH another term.
The 2015 elections were a showcase of success for what Young Republicans, across the country, can do to affect change and win elections. The Young Republican National Federation is extremely proud of all candidates and looks forward to working to get even more Republican candidates elected in 2016.
The building blocks of success were on full display last night and, with continued targeting and fundraising efforts, we are convinced our plan to target a Foundation for Our Future at the local level will ensure both short and long term success.