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Northeast Alabama Young Republicans have new leadership

The Young Republicans of Northeast Alabama (YRNEA) announced that they have seated new leadership on their Executive Board. Dylan Smith and Lewis Pitchford will serve as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the organization, respectively.

The YRNEA said in a statement that Smith and Pitchford bring impressive political resumes to YRNEA.

Smith serves as Vice Chairman of the Jackson County GOP and chairs its Victory Committee. He also holds a seat on the Alabama Republican Party State Executive Committee. Most recently, he was Campaign Manager for the successful re-election bid of Rep. Tommy Hanes (R-Scottsboro).

Pitchford has served as Field Worker for the Alabama Republican Party. His campaign experience includes Mo Brooks for U.S. Senate as a Political Intern, and Field Representative for Will Ainsworth’s campaign for Lt. Governor. Pitchford also served as Deputy Campaign Manager for Rep. Tommy Hanes.

The YRNEA announced that they are rolling out a ‘Bold. Strong. Conservative’ agenda.

“I’m thrilled to implement our ambitious conservative agenda,” says Smith. “It is incumbent upon our generation to fight for the values that make our families and communities strong. We will continue to strive for honest and principled leadership so our region can continue to grow and prosper. I look forward to working with the tremendous leadership we have in Northeast Alabama to accomplish that.”

“The Republican Party is the party of working class America, Smith said. “The Democrats have moved further and further to the left and are now advocating for a radical socialist agenda. Our generation has a responsibility to educate and empower millennials on the ideals of God-given liberty and constitutionally limited government.”

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“A new era has begun in Northeast Alabama,” Pitchford said. “Jobs, industry and economic confidence are booming more than ever before. We live in exciting times. Because of this growth, it is imperative that we retain our conservative values, support causes for liberty and believe in the power of the free market.”

“We, as young republicans are dedicated to protecting our cause and are entirely devoted to bold leadership, strong families and conservative principles that make our communities great,” Pitchford continued. “I’m very excited to work with our party and expand the message of liberty to all those we reach.”

Northeast Alabama has had a lot of success in winning recent Republican leadership positions. Will Ainsworth of Guntersville won a hard fight for the Republican nominee for Lt. Governor. Steve Marshall of Albertville beat out three well-funded challengers to win the Republican nomination for Attorney General. State Representative Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) was chosen as Speaker of the House in 2016. State Representative Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville) was selected as House Majority Leader in 2017.

The YRNA added that: “Sen. Steve Livingston (R-Scottsboro) played a pivotal role in recruiting Google to Jackson County and is leading the attempt to jumpstart the Bellefonte Nuclear Plant, while Rep. Tommy Hanes (R-Scottsboro) is a firebrand conservative who is known for fighting corruption and protecting taxpayer money.”

The Young Republicans of Northeast Alabama announced that they plan to seek to expand their growing regional influence statewide.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.


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