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Zach Payne

Age

27

Location

Jeffersonville, Indiana

Occupation

Clark County Recorder

Twitter

@ZCPayne

Zach Payne was elected as a Jeffersonville City Councilman at age 22 and as County Recorder at 25, where he has become a consistent voice for fiscal conservatism, individual rights, and government efficiency. In addition to being the youngest Recorder elected in the state of Indiana, Zach also serves on the Legislative Committee for the State Recorder’s Association and served previously on the Election Administration Committee for the NACRC.

In addition to his own campaigns, Zach has served in various capacities on campaigns ranging from local to presidential races. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Clark County Young Republicans, where he displays his passion for inspiring other millennials to enter public service.

Zach has B.S. degree in Business Administration and was a Cato Institute Bastiat Scholar in 2011. He is also a drummer in the band, Softspoken.

What was the biggest factor in your success?

Success is foreshadowed by hard work. I attribute my success in both of my elections to the thousands of doors that I knocked. You’d be surprised how receptive people are to a fresh face who is a speaking with conviction and who is planted in a firm ideology. Oftentimes, fear of the unknown can deter you taking risks – don’t allow that fear to prevent you from reaching your goals and from serving others.

What advice would you give to other millennials?

When politicians talk about the looming debt crisis, ballooning social security, and America’s standing in the world, they aren’t just talking about America’s future. They are talking directly about our future. As millennials, we ought to have a voice in those conversations. Figure out what you believe, fight for your principles, and get involved in a way that emphasizes your strengths and passions.

Does the GOP have a future and why?

Yes, look at the state of Indiana, which is led by a Republican governor and Republican majorities in the Senate and House. Unemployment is down, education choices are increasing, there is a budget surplus, and businesses continue to set up shop in Indiana. These results are not by accident; they are due to the impact of Republican ideas in action. As liberal policies continue to exacerbate America’s problems, individuals will begin to look toward specific states for solutions that work. The party of Ronald Reagan and Calvin Coolidge must, and will, win the war of ideas.

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