A YEAR IN REVIEW: THE MORRIS COUNTY YOUNG REPUBLICANS

 

 

The Morris County Young Republicans led a successful 2014 in positively 

building the organization, mentoring young people to get involved politically, 

starting a Political Action Committee, and promoting charitable causes. Some 

highlights of this past year include the following:

January

National Research, Inc. Pollster Adam Geller spoke to the group about Governor 

Chris Christie’s winning voter margin in New Jersey and his impact with the 

National Republican Governor’s Association.

February

We ran a record high fundraising drive, an impetus for forming the organization’s 

first Political Action Committee this year to support Young Republican 

candidates.

March

Morris County Chamber of Commerce President Paul Boudreau, a former 

lobbyist and State Representative in Maine, addressed the Young Republicans 

about his time in the legislature and work in economic development with 

businesses countywide.

Social media guru and former Denville Mayor Carol Spencer taught the Young 

Republicans about the importance of social media in emergency response efforts 

to the public and new ways to mainstream social media accounts.

The annual Repub-Crawl drew more than thirty participants in a pub crawl 

around downtown Morristown, stopping to network with Congressman Leonard 

Lance and other elected officials. Additionally, The Morris County Young 

Republicans welcomed candidates in the June Primary Election for a thorough Q 

& A of their platforms and races.

Mercury Public Strategy Associate and Young Republican Bill Cortese spoke to 

the organization about the behind-the-scenes life of campaigning and how to 

overcome failure as a young operative.

New Jersey’s Youngest Elected Freeholder, Hank Lyon, was July’s Keynote 

Speaker to the Young Republicans, encouraging members to run for office.

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August

The Morris County Young Republicans organized an outdoor Baseball Night 

Fundraiser for a local Marine, who returned home, injured in Afghanistan by an 

IED. The Club raised almost $6,000 for the Alonso Strong Trust.

September

Chasing New Jersey’s Bill Spadea visited the Morris County Young Republicans 

and spoke about current events, as well as his communications strategy during 

his time as National College Republican Chairman. The Young Republicans also 

hosted the Morris GOP tent at the Morristown Fall Festival, where members 

registered voters and campaigned for local candidates.

October

The Morris County Young Republicans hosted a panel of successful Republican 

women, including Assemblywoman Alison McHose, NJGOP Executive Director 

Amanda DePalma, Express Scripts Director of State Government Affairs Heather 

Cascone, and Passaic County Sewerage Commission Director of Public Affairs 

Hollie Gilroy. The women discussed their experiences in politics and offered 

advice to the Young Republicans.

November

Members participated in a special television taping of the Huckabee Show: The 

Next Generation in New York City, where they discussed issues affecting 

millennials with a panel of young professionals. Additionally, The Morris County 

Young Republicans launched a brand new website, 

www.MorrisCountyYoungRepublicans.com, with a calendar of events, campaign 

opportunities, and donation page. The MCYR PAC proudly contributed to Young 

Republican Campaigns in Morris, as well as three candidates in swing districts in 

Scotch Plains, Voorhees, and Red Bank.

December

We hosted our annual Holiday Party, with sixty attendees, and organized a 

successful Toys for Tots Drive through the Marines at Picatinny Arsenal. We 

honored former NJYRF and MCYR Chairman Stephen Moersdorf, a dedicated 

alumnus of the club. Last, Morris hosted the New Jersey Young Republican 

Federation’s Winter Board Meeting with a record turnout of Young Republicans 

from Atlantic County to Bergen County.

By the end of the year, the Morris County Young Republicans raised 

approximately $13,000 for political and charitable causes, increased membership 

substantially, and supported the Morris County Republican Committee in its 

endeavors. Some of our best practices included holding monthly Executive Board 

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meetings, paid Facebook and MeetUp advertising, fundraising through Rally and 

SquareUp, postcard recruitment, earned media strategy, encouraging community 

service, and volunteering on countless campaigns. 

Membership worked and volunteered on many successful campaigns this past 

year, including Rodney Frelinghuysen for Congress, Leonard Lance for 

Congress, Hank Lyon for Freeholder, John Pecoraro for Surrogate, Bob Collins 

for Mayor, Louise Johnson and Dan Caffrey for Township Committee, and 

Llewelyn Jones for Council, just to name a few.

Founded by New Jersey Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll in the 1970s, 

Morris County Young Republican alumni include legislators, freeholders, 

councilmen and women, lobbyists, and political activists. Every young person can 

make a difference in this country and I invite you to join a Young Republican 

Chapter in the New Year.

By Erica L. Klemens

Morris County Young Republican 2014 Chair

New Jersey Young Republican Federation Vice Chair – Northwest

Contact: EricaKlemens@gmail.com