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Young Republicans restart local chapter
Group marks return with martini mixer Thursday
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Forsyth County News

The Forsyth County Young Republicans event is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Buckhead Pizza Company, across from The Avenue Forsyth, on Hwy. 141 in south Forsyth. Admission is free, with martinis $5 each. For more information, contact (404) 277-4583 or (678) 207-6723 or go online at
The revamped Forsyth County Young Republicans will hold a martini mixer kickoff event Thursday at the Buckhead Pizza Co.

The event is the first of what organizers hope will be a renewed effort to attract young conservatives.

“With the election of [President Barack] Obama, we saw how important it was to energize the younger population,” said organizer Josh Shorr.

“We’re trying as a party to get younger people more interested, more involved and more active in politics.”

Shorr said the goal is to sign up new members and provide more of a social atmosphere for young professionals to network.

“Instead of the more traditional, sit down and hear a speaker event, this really is designed more for a networking and social aspect, just to get people to know that there are other young professional conservative people in the county,” he said.

The Forsyth County Young Republicans is a local chapter of a national organization. The group previously had a presence in Forsyth, but Shorr said membership fizzled.

Given the Democratic swing, Shorr said it’s a good time to re-energize young conservatives.

The organization has launched a Facebook group, which in just a few days has drawn the interest of more than 100 people.

Shorr, along with Josh Jones and a handful of other local Republican leaders, have worked to launch the organization, which could strengthen the party.

“The demographic of 18 to 29 and going up to even 40, is in drastic need of being engaged in the Republican Party,” he said. “We feel like the Young Republicans chapter here in Forsyth, which is one of the most Republican counties in the state, if not the nation, can really benefit from having one of these chapters.”

The organization is open to Republicans 18 to 40 years old, though Jones said older conservatives can join as honorary members.

“We’re starting with a social event, but we hope to build up to having monthly meetings that continue to link and provide collaboration opportunities between young conservatives and elected officials that really need to be looking out for the needs of the future party,” he said.

“It’s important for young Republicans to ... become engaged with the Republican leaders and help to shape policy both locally in Atlanta and in Washington.”

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