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CCHS grads start group for Young Republicans

CCHS grads start group for Young Republicans
CCHS grads start group for Young Republicans
Kevin and Candace Gerdon of Corydon have helped organize a Young Republicans group in Harrison County. (Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor)

Wanting to be informed voters during this year’s Primary and General Election, Kevin and Candace Gerdon of Corydon realized they needed to do some research before deciding which candidates would get their votes.
The husband and wife, both 2002 graduates of Corydon Central High School, admitted they hadn’t paid as close attention to politics as they believe they should have. However, they had no trouble finding answers to their questions.
What they failed to find, though, were many young adults who shared similar views, those typical of Republicans. So they decided to organize a Young Republicans group, targeting those 18 to 40.
‘We had looked for one ourselves,’ Kevin said, but didn’t find one in the area.
A few years ago, a Harrison County chapter of Young Democrats of America was formed.
‘We definitely feel like there are a lot of good, young Republicans out there,’ Candace said.
In September, at Lanesville Heritage Weekend, the Gerdons met Scott Fluhr, chairman of the Harrison County Central Republican Committee.
The Gerdons spread the word about forming the club to their friends who then told other friends. They also have reached a lot of people through Facebook.
‘Interest has been overwhelming,’ Candace said. ‘We been in contact with 50 or so’ people who are interested.
An organizational meeting was held and officers were elected. They are: Kevin Gerdon, president; Erin Day, vice president; Chris Faith, secretary; and Jen Anderson, treasurer. The group decided to hold meetings the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Corydon agreed to allow the group use of one of its meeting rooms. The meeting on Tuesday will be a Christmas party.
Leading up to the Nov. 4 General Election, the Gerdons helped the Republican party at parades and other events, and attended the Sarah Palin Rally in Jeffersonville.
‘There’s been a change in the climate,’ Kevin said, ‘so we want to help by getting a younger group together.’
They will help the Central Republican Committee with the updating of its technology and will get a Web site online.
‘There’s just a lot of excitement, anywhere we go,’ Kevin said.
Politics run in the Gerdon family. Kevin’s dad, Richard, was elected last month to the Harrison County Council in his first attempt at public office on the Democrat ticket, and Kevin’s mother, Rilla, works in the county circuit clerk’s office for Republican Sherry Brown.
For more information about the Harrison County Young Republicans, call 972-1799 or e-mail [email protected]