Friday, February 20, 2015

Michael Banerian Seeks Youth Vice Chair Position

Michael Banerian

By Brandon Hall   
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It's kind of funny-it seems Michael Banerian's biggest supporter these days is Joey Gamrat, former foe turned indispensable surrogate on the trail. He's also even managed to get the support of Ronald Reagan's son, Michael Reagan.

What once looked like it would probably be the most competitive race of the convention  cycle has now turned into a shining example of unity, outreach, and hard work.

Banerian's Facebook describes him as:

"Mike Banerian is 20 years old and a student at Oakland University. His community involvement - political and otherwise - has shown that he is a proven Conservative and ready to help lead the fight to advance Conservative Republican principles across Michigan.

Mike has been involved in politics from an early age. His first major effort was fighting a ballot initiative in his local school district which would raise taxes while cutting corners in the classroom. Mike was able to help organize a successful "Vote No" effort on a large scale, pulling students into the campaign in an effort to have their voices heard.

At age 17 Mike founded his own PAC (Political Action Committee), "Bloomfield Voice," to oppose a similar ballot initiative. As President of his PAC Mike was able to amplify the voices of the students and organize hundreds in an effort to fight the initiative. Raising over $10,000 in donations and mounting a vigorous campaign, Mike helped to defeat virtually the same ballot initiative 3 times in a row.

In the summer of 2013 the Bloomfield Hills school district banned football players from praying after touchdowns and after games. Mike, a strong Christian, launched into action leading to the story’s appearance on Fox & Friends. Mike organized countless students to protest the ban, culminating in a roundtable meeting between students and the superintendent. This led to the overturn of the prayer ban, and a restoration of religious freedoms for students.

Mike has served on a U.S. Congressional Campaign, as Campaign Manager for a city Council campaign, Campaign Manager for Nick Hawatmeh for MIGOP Grassroots Vice-Chair, Volunteer for Mike Bishop for Oakland County Prosecutor, Volunteer and Organizer for Jeff Sakwa for MSU Board of Trustees, and Education Coordinator for Patriot Week.

Most recently, Mike had the privilege of serving as Campaign Manager for Nick Hawatmeh for State Representative. Nick’s race was marked as one of the top 3 races in the state and ranked in the Top 14 in the country by the Future Majority Project.

Mike has been an invited speaker at multiple events for Republican groups, and has been cited in works written by influential political activists such as Michael Reagan, son of former president Ronald Reagan. Mike has also had many of his own works published, covering various political issues in both his local community and the nation as a whole.

Currently Mike serves as the Vice-President of the College Republicans of Oakland University. Partnering with the new Chairman the two were able to take the once great College Republicans chapter and re-establish it as one of the most active chapters in the state in only two semesters. The group spread its influence on campus with hundreds of Oakland students signing up this year alone.

Mike believes that through his experiences he has gained vital skills that would greatly benefit the Michigan Republican Party if elected Youth Vice-Chair. He cannot wait to travel the state to talk with delegates and share his ideas on how the Republican Party can be doing a better job at reaching out to Michigan’s youth. Mike looks forward to earning your support in the coming weeks and months ahead."

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

Photo By Darlene Dowling Thompson

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