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Alexandra Smith

Age

25

Location

The Catholic University of America (B.A.) and Seton Hall (J.D.)

Twitter

@AlexandraCSmith

BIO

Alex Smith is the national chairman of the College Republican National Committee. Prior to being elected as national co-chairman for the 2012 cycle, Smith served as chairman of the D.C. Federation of College Republicans. In 2014, she was named as an RNC “Rising Star” and was the recipient of the RNC’s Jeane Kirkpatrick Award.

 

Why is it important that at this particular point in time, right-of-center youth become involved publicly, whether in politics, media, their communities, or another capacity?

It is important that conservative young people become involved in politics because it was our generation that decided the 2012 election for President Obama. The youth vote is growing more influential as a share of the national electorate, and it is imperative that our like-minded peers work to persuade other young people that the Republican Party is a party for them.

 

What must elected officials and others in positions of leadership do to make a right-of-center message resonate with the Millennial generation?

Elected officials and leaders must speak to Millennials where they are, and in relevant themes and language. If we’re talking to young voters through the mail, television, or on landline telephones, we aren’t reaching them. If we’re using examples from the past or outdated language, we aren’t reaching them. The principles of liberty and freedom are always fresh and always relevant. It is our job to reintroduce them to new generations in ways that are meaningful.

 

Where would you like to see the conservative movement in 10 years — and how can it get there?

I would like to see the conservative movement as the side that is defined in the minds of Americans as open to debate dialogue. These traits already belong to us, and, in fact, it is the other side that is truly defined by intolerance and old, broken ideas. This happens when we believe that the numbers and facts on our side will tell our story for us. Persuading others to consider our ideas starts most basically with showing that we care about them. We can change the way we’re perceived through direct, consistent, and clear messaging to diverse audiences.

Thirty Under Thirty – 2014

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