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:
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.
We ran a record high fundraising drive, an impetus for forming the organization’s
first Political Action Committee this year to support Young Republican
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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