MOLINE, IL - The Young Republicans of Rock Island County are ready to get to work. The organization, formed officially last month after electing officers and approving a constitution, plans to play a critical role in the 2014 election cycle.
Jon Schweppe, Chairman of the Young Republicans of Rock Island County, said that reaching out to younger voters and minorities is imperative for the Republican Party to win at the ballot box.
“We felt like we didn’t do a good enough job as a party last cycle reaching out to young people and minorities, so we decided to do something about it by forming this organization,” Schweppe said. “Our organization is focused entirely on outreach. For our party to succeed, we have to reach out to every voter and every demographic to convey our message of freedom and liberty.”
Kevin Goveia, Treasurer; Brent Forgie, Secretary; JohnPatrick Brown, Co-Chair; Jon Schweppe, Chair
Schweppe said the organization has an open door policy.
“This isn’t an organization focused on ideological purity. We aren’t big on litmus tests. We all have disagreements on issues here and there, but we focus on the 90% of issues where we do agree. We truly believe that the Republican Party is a ‘big tent party,’ and that’s our organization’s attitude.”
Schweppe said the Young Republicans of Rock Island County will work closely with Mike Steffen, the Rock Island County Republican Party Chairman.
“Mike Steffen has been great,” Schweppe said. “He’s been incredibly supportive of what we’re doing, and he sees the important role our organization will play for the long-term benefit of the party. We will be working with him and the central committee on a regular basis.”