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I’m Back….and I’m calling all Young Republicans

March 31, 2011 1 comment

Most people don’t think of Virginia’s mid-term state elections as the sort of thing to generate alot of excitement. Turnout is notoriously low, largely due to the fact that a wide swath of local and state level races will go uncontested. Yet with all the news on redistricting, pressing state issues, and the gear-up for a (hopefully) a serious debate on the state of our nation, I feel a calling to become active in politics once more.

That’s not to say that I’ve been sleeping. I was at the 6th District Republican Convention last year, went to my local committee meetings in my role as 5th Magisterial District Chair, and I recently attended the Shenandoah County Lincoln Day Dinner. That said, I just feel like I haven’t been engaged. That is, until now. I have a number of projects brewing, which include the restart of this blog. I know, I know, there’s been a number of false starts in the recent past. However, recent events, global, national and local have compelled me to speak out and get active once again.

With this blog, expect a healthy mix of commentary on issues at all levels of concern to political activists, policy thinkers and engaged citizens. I may not post as frequently as I have in the past, but expect at least one post a day as time allows. I have an emerging career in the legal arena (not as a lawyer, but a vital part of the process nevertheless), but I believe that now is the time for a blog to emerge once again in Shenandoah County.

And with that, I’d like to announce my first project. I am currently trying to bring together young people in Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties to form a Northern Shenandoah Valley Chapter of the Young Republicans. Right now I am simply talking to interested individuals, but we hope to get off the ground very soon. In forming this group, I hope to launch an organization that puts a friendly and welcoming face to local Republican activism. The group will strive to be youth and family friendly, with well scheduled meetings to fit in an active lifestyle of today’s valley denizens and that also sheds the often stuffy atmosphere of official committees. Yes, involvement in local committees is vital if you want a true say in the way our party is run, but the fact of the matter is that they are not the best introduction to activism. I foresee an organization that emphasizes community, hard work, and enjoyment with others that hold common principles.

So if you’re between the ages of 18 and 40 and want to belong to a group that not only discusses and embraces our shared values but also works to put them into our government, please contact me. And if you aren’t between those ages, please pass this on to young individuals who have an interest in politics. Remember: we can be the next generation of leaders, but we must first know the issues and prove our worth in putting them into practice. With so much going on in the world and so much at stake, now is the time to get involved, and we want to form an organization that appeals to both individuals with a history of activism and those who are concerned about our future but may need a better introduction to what political involvement is all about.

If you want to be part of this, email me at craig.orndorff@gmail.com. Thanks for reading, and I hope to hear from interested folks very soon.