Fairfax YR Chairman Race: Katie Bell

Guest Post by Katie Bell

Organizing people to come together to unite around conservative principles and to elect Republican candidates has been my life’s work and greatest passion.

In 2011, I worked for a political consultant whose client list that cycle consisted of handling eight different races for Virginia House of Delegates and State Senate. As a result of my proven work ethic, I was afforded the honor of joining Mitt Romney’s field team in Central Florida. This region is the ultimate bellwether region in what is the largest swing state in the country. When I arrived in Florida, I didn’t know a soul. At the conclusion of the campaign, I had assembled a team of 65 consistent volunteers who collectively produced over a quarter of a million voter contacts, via either knocking on doors or making phone calls. Meeting new people and recruiting them to enlist in a cause greater than themselves is a passion of mine. If elected YR Chairman, it is one that I will use to expand membership and grow the party in the Fairfax County area.

In 2013, I entered the world of third-party election efforts. I was a Regional Field Director for Generation Opportunity, an organization dedicated to educating 18-30-year-old voters in issues affecting their daily lives. I was responsible for mentoring students at James Madison University, Liberty University, Virginia Tech, Roanoke College and Radford University. Our focus was garnering voter IDs from their peers, and had the highest numeric results of any region in the Commonwealth. This experience gave me a heart for working with college students as they start their political endeavors. I’m still mentoring some of these incredible young people today.

In the winter of 2014, I volunteered for Matt Ames in his successful race for FCRC chairman. In the last 2 weeks of the 2014 midterm election, I filled in for Braddock’s District chair, overseeing GOTV activities. I organized the first debate watch party, an event that had over 60 attendees. Last year, I volunteered for the campaigns of Sang Yi, John Guevara, and John Cook.

The predominant goal I would like to accomplish is to strengthen the bond between FAYRs and FCRC. If elected, my first motion would be to allow the FAYRs to oversee the high school volunteer program during election season. Fairfax County Public Schools require their high school students complete a significant number of service hours on political campaigns. It would be a huge relief to the Executive Director and an excellent opportunity for parents to gain exposure to FCRC. What better way to recruit new members than to look after and mentor their children? In the past, I have observed high school students being dismissed to go door-knocking with little instruction and more often than not, no adult supervision. This is a practice that needs to be reassessed. I am fully confident the FAYRs can play a vital role in looking after and training our high school volunteers.

If elected, my secondary goal would be to expand the club by engaging in both volunteer and philanthropic opportunities such as furthering the pro-life causes and engaging in organizations which seek to enhance the lives of veterans and their families. I propose we use our club as a means to be actively engaged in our community while also helping to foster a spirit of service and giving back.

I have been endorsed by Fairfax County Republican Committee Chairman Matt Ames, former FAYR Chairman Ben Bush and former FAYR Treasurer Megan Bush. I would be honored to have your support on February 3rd. If you have any questions, then please contact me at 757-448-8203 or bell.kathrynelizabeth@gmail.com.

Katie BellKatie Bell is running for Chairman for the Fairfax Area Young Republicans. The election will be held at the next YR monthly meeting, which is this coming Wednesday, February 3rd, at 7:30pm at The Old Firestation #3 located at 3988 University Dr. in the City of Fairfax.