I wanted to share my entire speech that I had prepared to deliver this morning at the Washington County Republican Organizational Meeting. Due to time constraints I had to edit.
Good morning, I’m Christiana and I am running for vice chair.
Just like the rest of you, I was disappointed that the red wave stopped at the Cascades. I worked very hard during this election cycle with many of you who are here today to take back our country, our state, our county. Be we fell short and we actually lost ground. And I am tired of losing. I thought long and hard about it and realized that we make changes.
There are three things that we have to change. First is fund raising, we need a strong pledge program. Money is the lifeblood of politics. We cannot be scrambling at the time of an election trying to raise funds to do a mailing to our voters, or just before the county fair, or to do general outreach. I have designed and run monthly pledge programs. They are easy to maintain and I will work with our Treasurer to get one established. If all of us gave just a few dollars a month we would have enough to accomplish our goals.
The second is transparency. As members of the executive committee we need to be communicating with our constituency. That’s you the PCPs who are here today. Creating an atmosphere of openness will help empower you to take ownership of the party and help us accomplish the next change we have to make.
And it is simple. Recruitment, recruitment, recruitment. And no I’m not a broken record. We need to be recruiting candidates to run for every office. We need to be recruiting more PCPs to get involved with our candidates. And we need to be recruiting more volunteers. There are many who have walked away from the Republican Party. The time has come to bring them back and show them that we can win.
We have a great system of organization with our house captains. We have access to an excellent voter outreach system developed by our county chair. We are blessed to have the most dedicated PCP’s and volunteers that I have ever seen. But we don’t have enough people. We are seriously outnumbered and unless we change that we will keep loosing.
We can not be a party of exclusion. We need to be a party of inclusion. As President Reagan said “The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally, not a 20 percent traitor.”
I am not running on a slate or with a faction, I am running as who I am. A Republican. And when I look around this room all I see are fellow Republicans.
I am Christiana and I ask for your vote because this is not about our past, it is about our future. Thank you.