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Monday, July 23, 2007

YRFC Elects New Leadership

Our friends at the Young Republican Federation of California (YRFC) elected new leadership at the state convention in Anaheim this weekend. Ben Lopez of San Bernardino County takes the helm of the state Young Republicans group, following Shawn Fago, who is also the Associate Representative at the California Republican Party.

I've posted the press release below.

As a sidenote, I'm sure there were some very good reasons that people felt very passionately about decades ago when the state Young Republicans split into two groups, the California Young Republicans and the Young Republican Federation of California. Perhaps today's YR leaders should consider whether the original reasons for the split up are still valid today, or if the members of both groups would be part of a stronger organization if they were to merge. Perhaps our upcoming convention would be a good time to have the conversation?

Young Republican Federation of California Elects New Board of Directors,
San Bernardino County's Ben Lopez Unanimously Elected Chairman

Garden Grove, California—“With so many grassroots opportunities expected this Presidential election cycle and young Republicans coming out of the woodwork, we need to redouble our efforts to increase membership and increase the number of YR clubs in order to organize and galvanize volunteers now,” said newly elected Chairman Ben Lopez of San Bernardino County. “By standing completely united in electing our new board unanimously, the Young Republican Federation of California has made it clear that they are serious about electing more conservatives to office, increasing members in their ranks, and becoming an even more formidable force within our Grand Old Party. YRFC’s place at the table will be solidified.”

At their Convention & Annual Awards Dinner held at the Crowne Plaza Anaheim Resort in Garden Grove, on the weekend of July 21, 2007, delegates organized together from across the state and selected the nine elected officers for the 2007-2009 Young Republican Federation of California (YRFC) Board of Directors. In a display of unity they elected Lopez as Chair unanimously and the remaining 8 officers. Lopez replaces outgoing Chairman Matthew Harper who ran the organization since his election in 2005.

The YRFC convention featured speakers including National Committeeman Tim Morgan, former CRP Chair Shawn Steel, California Republican Lawyer’s Association President Steve Baric, CRP Vice Chair Tom DelBeccaro, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and nationally syndicated radio talk show host Dennis Prager.

At its Annual Awards Dinner Assemblyman Chuck Devore received the “YRFC Legislator of the Year Award” and the Orange County Young Republicans, represented by their President Shawn Fago, received the “YRFC Club of the Year Award.” CRP Regional Vice Chair Jon Fleischman received the “YRFC Founders’ Award” and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher received the “Dan Quayle Badge of Honor Award.” Longtime YRFC member Katie Hansen of San Diego County received the “Brian C. Porter Activist of the Year Award” for her many years of leadership within the organization serving in state board positions and local board positions in Kern and San Diego counties.


“YRFC members come out of this convention energized and determined as ever to seize every opportunity laid before us and face every challenge head on,” Lopez added. “The rank and file members of this great organization should rest assured that this new Board is committed to ensuring their progress and success.”

When addressing attendees at the Awards Dinner, newly elected Chairman Ben Lopez closed his remarks by saying, “We cannot succeed without the collective effort and help from us all. It’s onward and upward from here my friends!”

Other members of the YRFC elected to the Board of Directors were:

Vice Chairman: Shawn Fago of Orange County
Secretary: Jaime Huff of Sacramento County
Assistant Secretary: Samantha Harrison of Ventura County
Treasurer: Kenya Davis-Hayes of Riverside County
Assistant Treasurer: Stephen Puetz of San Diego County
National Committeeman: Adam Abrahms, Esq. of Los Angeles County
National Committeewoman: Tiffany Delepine of Orange County
Communications Director: Kyle Tibbits of Ventura County

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