Grassroots activist says conservatism is “in her blood”
A belief in growing the Republican Party, especially the young is a priority for Dr. Judi Lynch, seeking re-election as Western Region Vice Chairwoman of the Republican Party of Virginia.
“We need to especially attract our conservative youth voters to both the College and Young Republicans where they can participate in grassroots efforts in local, state and national elections,” says Dr. Lynch who served as the Virginia Tech College Republican Advisor for seven years.
This may be an uphill battle given recent polling but Lynch is determined to increase the GOP share of the youth vote especially as they turned out for Democrats in the 2008 presidential election.
A new national poll of America’s 18 – 29 year olds by Harvard’s Institute of Politics finds that, even now, President Obama has widened the gap between likely general election opponent Mitt Romney and himself.
“We need to do more to spread our conservative message to young people,” says Dr. Lynch who has over two decades of experience working with young people.
“College graduates are now having to return home in record numbers,” says Lynch. “They are losing the incentive and meaning as to what it means to be a contributing member of society.”
“We need more jobs and an environment that creates more jobs, not more government intrusion.”
It is not only the votes of America’s youth that Dr. Lynch seeks to attract, she also has the desire to increase the number of conservative female Party activists; working women, stay-at-home moms and those who juggle both.
“My mom worked the 11pm to 7am shift to ensure she was home to send us off to school and welcome us on our return,” says Dr Lynch. “I know first-hand how hard it is and can be.”
Lynch says her time as the Virginia Tech College Republican Advisor demonstrates that there are, indeed, female college faculty members despite the popular belief that liberals totally prevail on campus.
Born into a conservative household, Lynch grew up in a grassroots Republican environment with both parents serving as unit chairs for their local Republican Party.
“It’s in my blood,” she laughs. “My parents were always active in grassroots political campaigns for various candidates so I was an activist from an early age.
Active as a College Republican at Longwood College – now University – Lynch served as Chair for three years and then as Corresponding Secretary of the College Republican Federation of Virginia and went on to become an officer with the Richmond Young Republicans.
Lynch is the former President of the Montgomery County Republican Women and a former 9th Congressional District representative on the State Central Committee.
“I am willing and committed to continue to work hard to bring the Party together as we move forward as a true team,” Lynch told the Richmond Republican Examiner. “This is not the time for division amongst the Party but a time for unity to ensure victory in November and we should remember that “if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand – Mark 3:25”
Dr. Lynch says she is also working hard to see former Gov. George Allen re-elected to the U.S. Senate and Republican incumbents return to the House of Representatives.