Comer, McDaniel to Help Northern Kentucky Young Republicans Group Launch
Sat, 05/17/2014 - 12:35 RCN Newsdesk
Only 3,473 voters between the ages of 17 and 34 voted in the May 2012 primary election in Boone, Kenton, and Campbell Counties according to statistics from the Kentucky Board of Elections. 77,266 were registered.
As a percentage, that's 4.5% turnout compated to voters over the age of 62 who voted at 27% turnout in the same election.
The Northern Kentucky Young Republicans hope to work on the low turnout among younger voters and is launching an initiative to increase civic engagement among 18 to 34-year olds.
The group, create to target a strengthened civic engagement in Northern Kentucky and to provide young people a stronger voice, will launch a week after the 2014 primary on Tuesday.
As listed on its website, NKYR.org, the group will have an official launch party on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at Keystone Bar and Grill in Covington. Special guests for the evening include Kentucky Agricultural Commissioner James Comer and Kentucky State Senator Chris McDaniel.
Kyle Winslow, a member of the Kenton County Republican Party Executive Committee, and the Northern Kentucky Young Republican’s Programming Chair, explained that while getting young people to the polls on Election Day is a good start to expanding civic engagement, it will not end there.
“Strengthening a generation’s political voice requires more than just voting,” Winslow said in a news release. “That’s why we’re committed as a group to getting involved at the grassroots level, in activities ranging from door to door to fundraising.”
Sarah Cameron, President of the group and a Campbell County resident, emphasizes the importance of getting young people involved in order to prepare future leaders. “As our bylaws reflect, we want the Northern Kentucky Young Republicans to be successful in empowering young Republicans throughout Northern Kentucky,” Cameron said. “Young Americans understand the importance of limited government and protecting the Constitution and our individual liberties. We're going to work with the leaders of tomorrow to help protect these values today.”
The group plans to meet on the third Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at Keystone Bar & Grill in Covington. Each event will begin with a half-hour of networking, and will feature a guest speaker. Annual membership to the group is $25.00 and membership forms can be found on their website NKYR.org.
For more information about the Northern Kentucky Young Republicans or the launch party on May 27th, contact [email protected].