With the beginning of the new year, I reflected on the past and envisioned the future of the Champaign County Republican Party. I retrieved a list that I shared with you when I announced my candidacy for party chairman in 2011. That list was a vision for our party and it contained specific goals and a proactive roadmap to fulfill our mission as the organization that prompts Republican values, recruits quality candidates and helps elected Republicans in Champaign County.
These goals would not be achieved by me alone. They would be achieved by everyone who was willing to work for these values and for the community that we hold close to hearts. Many of you stepped up to work on these goals and to move our party forward.
I became interested in serving as Chairman of the Champaign County Republican Party to:
Fulfill my civic duty
Bring people together
Expand the GOP base Spread a positive message
Have a professional organization
Recruit and develop top tier candidates
Encourage people to stand up and make their vote count
Create a farm system to insure a pipeline of future leaders Reach out to various groups Encourage and expand the role of Republican Women Encourage and expand the role of Young Republicans
Encourage and expand the role of Business Professionals
Encourage and expand the role of Minorities
Educate voters on issues
Turn voter frustration into action
Encourage and increase voter turnout
Promote fiscal responsibility and limited government
JOBS: Improve economic conditions in Champaign County
To help win elections & break the stranglehold of corrupt one-party rule in Illinois
Here are my conclusions on what our Party has accomplished:
The Champaign County Republican Party is a model organization. By focusing on our goals, we have shown and continue to show other organizations throughout the state how to successfully organize grassroots operations and how to win races. Thanks to the generosity of George Shapland, we opened a headquarters to conduct professional business and campaign operations. This continues to afford the CCRCC a way to bring together candidates and volunteers and to organize a record number of elected precinct committeemen. As a result, these efforts educate voters on the issues, convert frustration into action, and encourage people to stand up and make their vote count.
The Champaign County Republican Party is the party of inclusivity. By focusing on our goals, we have fostered an organization that welcomes diversity in backgrounds, viewpoints and ideas. We made the party a place for young people, minorities, and women. Our dynamic County is home to individuals and families from all over Illinois, America, and the world. We recognized that unification is achieved when we show understanding and compassion for the issues that divides us and when we embrace and focus on what unites us, and with that mindset we have achieved harmony and success.
The Champaign County Republican Party is the party of transparency. By focusing on our goals, we prioritized transparency and communication. We started by opening up the nomination and appointment process to the public through open communication with the media, by posting opportunities and candidate submissions on the party website and hosting candidate forums. We allow all party candidates time to speak at the beginning of our Central Committee meetings. These measures have helped foster interest and gave us an opportunity to spread our positive message.
The Champaign County Republican Party is the organized and unified party and the party poised to win big and challenging races in 2014. Because we focused on our goals and unified, our dynamic and highly-qualified candidates swept congressional and countywide offices at a time when Republicans around the state and the country were defeated en masse. Because we’re still focused on these goals, and because we have recruited standout candidates, we will return Republican governance to the county board, and for the first time in more than a decade we will have effective representation for the 103rd district of the Illinois House.
I could go on…but I will share one last conclusion.
The Champaign County Republican Party is the party of positive leaders. We proved that we can win by remaining positive and civil even though most of the nation was embroiled in negative and uncivil discourse. Because we were focused on our goals, many talented individuals continue to contribute their time, resources and ideas to make the party what it is today. A leader knows that our actions today lay the foundation for our future. A leader knows the importance of recruiting and empowering others and creating a farm system. Today, we have leaders in our party who are ready to keep us focused on our goals and who are ready to lead us to victory in 2014 and beyond.
By state statute, elected Champaign County Republican Precinct Committeemen will gather at the Biannual County Convention on the evening of April 16, 2014. I have loved every challenge we have faced. I have loved every mountain we have climbed and I have loved working with you to make progress toward every item on that list.
I have decided to allow others the opportunity to pick up the mantle of leadership and therefore will not be running for position of Party Chairman in April 2014. Rest assured though that fulfilling my civic duty will never be complete. I just passed a big milestone: forty years living in America and it has been a grand time. I am deeply thankful for friends and acquaintances who have been a blessing in my life. My deep love for our community and our country will continue and I will do everything in my power to help us succeed in harmony and good deeds.
Thank you for all that you do for our party, for our County, and for our Nation. May the Lord bless you and your families. I look forward to a great 2014 together.
Champaign County Republican Party
admin @ January 19, 2014