ANTELOPE VALLEY – While 2013 is called an off-year in the state elections cycle, the Antelope Valley Republican Assembly is gearing up for an aggressive new round of campaign activity throughout the year.
Under leadership of new AVRA president Phyliss Reily, officers and directors of the grass roots Republican Club emerged from their 2013 Planning Retreat on Jan. 5 with an ambitious to-do list designed to swell the ranks of conservative volunteers, build a deeper pool of Republican candidates, increase GOP voter registration and motivate conservatives to vote in all elections.
With the theme, “Everybody can’t do everything (except moms) but everybody can do something,” Reilly challenged the AVRA leadership team to lead by example in the key tasks of membership recruitment and voter registration. She called for a positive attitude, saying, “We need to be realistic and optimistic.”
Drew Mercy, AVRA vice president for communications, said that disappointment in a very narrow loss of the 36th Assembly District seat to a Democrat must be tempered by the fact that the area’s Republican state Senate and congressional candidates convincingly defeated liberal opponents in November.
Among the initiatives emerging from the planning session were changes in organizational structure to emphasize and expand committee work, redouble voter communications projects, upgrade online and social networking technology, and actively recruit and train potential conservative candidates.
One proposal, to open a year-round Antelope Valley Republican headquarters office, was put into action within 48 hours after the planning meeting, when Mercy reported that an available location was already being arranged. Details on the opening will be announced within the next few weeks.
Taking part in the planning retreat were: Reily; Drew Mercy; Lauren Mercy, vice president for events; Betty Gunn, vice president for membership development; Matt Himlin, treasurer; Susan Champion, secretary, and members of the AVRA Board of Directors Anita Rinker, Sarah Tyndall, Karen Wilson, Joe Donahue, Larry Grooms and Josh Mann.
Reily and her leadership team will be installed at the annual AV Republican Assembly banquet on Thursday, March 14 in the University of Antelope Valley Ballroom.
(Information via press release from the Antelope Valley Republican Assembly.)