Thursday, September 28, 2017

Casey VanderWeide Launches Campaign For MIGOP Youth Vice Chair

VanderWeide, left, with husband Samuel

By Brandon Hall
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The race to replace outgoing MIGOP Youth Vice Chair Michael Banerian has started, and one candidate is already receiving a lot of buzz. 

Her name is Casey VanderWeide, and she's hoping the Michigan Republican Party's State Committee, who will decide Banerian's replacement, chooses her. Banerian left his post after announcing he's running for State House...

VanderWeide, a recent Michigan grad, worked with Michigan Republican Party Chair Ron Weiser last year during his run for U of M Board Of Regents. She was also the Southeast Michigan Chair of the College Republican National Committee.

Also worth noting: VanderWeide is a military wife, her husband Samuel is a Marine.

According to a Facebook statement, VanderWeide says she's ready to serve.

"As you may have heard, Michael Banerian is stepping down as Youth Vice Chair in order to run for the Michigan State House," VanderWeide said. "After much consideration and encouragement from fellow Republican activists, I have decided to run for Youth Vice Chair. I am running because of my passion for grassroots politics, not because I view it as a resume builder or as a means of advancement to run for higher levels of office."

Her statement continues:
"My past experience interning for Ambassador and Chairman Ron Weiser, during his race for the University of Michigan Board of Regents and for his Chairman's race, has demonstrated to me the importance of grassroots involvement.
I also served as the Southeast Michigan Chair of the College Republican National Committee during this past election cycle, in which we turned Michigan Red again and showed the nation that Michigan is a priority. My goal as Youth Vice Chair would be to continue our success and to grow the amount of young activists in our party by developing a statewide program that involves our teenage, college, and young republicans that shows our party's real values.

The Democrats are expecting 2018 to be their year for success. I do not. I believe that we can repeat the same midterm election success that we experienced in 2010 under Chairman Weiser's leadership, with me serving as the next Youth Vice Chair.

However, I cannot do this alone. I will need your support in order to accomplish our goals of keeping Michigan Red by unseating Senator Stabenow, winning the gubernatorial, attorney general, and secretary of state elections, in addition to maintaining our majorities in the Michigan Senate and House."

So far, the only other candidate who has declared is Mike Sullivan of the Grand Valley Republicans... Stay tuned!

Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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