Michael Strollo recently announced his intention to run for first vice chair of the Georgia Republican Party, the second Forsyth County resident to put his name in the hat for the position.
“What made me want to run for first vice chair for the state Republic Party is really the shape of the party,” Strollo said. “We’re not doing too well. As a party, we’re not organized, we’re not communicating efficiently and I think with my experience, I’ve spent my political career listening and learning and now I’m ready to take the knowledge that I’ve learned.”
Strollo has served as the Georgia Student Coalition director for Newt Gingrich’s 2012 presidential campaign, as chairman of Georgia Teenage Republicans, as information, technology and communications director for the Stand for Principle Super Pac for Ted Cruz and as manager for Johns Creek City Councilwoman Cori Davenport’s campaign, who said in a news release Strollo is “without a doubt the best candidate for this position.”
Strollo serves as a military police officer for the Georgia Army National Guard and works for 104.7 The Fish, a Christian-secular radio station in Atlanta. He is currently in the middle of two weeks of training for the National Guard and said he plans to begin campaigning when he gets back.
A 2015 graduate of Johns Creek High School, Strollo said he wants to help with issues that concern young voters. He said if elected, he also wants to address financing, fundraising, communications and organization issues the party is facing.
“The problem with this generation, and I can speak on behalf of it since I’m a young person and I know many young people agree with me, we think we know everything; we think we know everything and we don’t ask for help,” he said. “I want to reach out to every young group, every minority group, every Republican Party and say, ‘How can we help you? How can we equip you with the tools necessary in order for you to be successful?’”
Former Forsyth County Republican Party Chairwoman Carolyn Hall Fisher announced her candidacy for the seat in early March. Fisher said she knew Strollo, that it is good to have young people get involved in politics and that she hopes to see him at party meetings.
The position will be chosen at the party’s state convention in Augusta on June 2-3.