“Our top goal at the Tennessee Republican Party is to reelect Mayor Luttrell and the full slate of 2010 elected officials in next year’s election,” said Brent Leatherwood. “It is critical to us,” said the executive director of the state GOP party. “The Tennessee Republican party is stronger when there’s a strong Shelby party.”
Leatherwood made those statements at the monthly Steering Committee meeting of the Shelby GOP. He had come from Nashville, along with Walker Ferrell, to lay out the chairman’s vision for us. The theme is “Red to the Roots. More details about it follow this story. “It’s an ambitious goal and one all of us welcomed.
“We’ve had success in Tennessee and now we want to press our advantage down ballot,” Leatherwood said, “by building a bench at the local level.” Beginning January 1st, he explained, the state will be divided. Shelby County will get its own regional director. Then, according to Leatherwood, they will start building infrastructure and identifying candidates and giving them money for their campaigns. An important target for them is the judiciary. Leatherwood noted that the “vast majority of judges are Democrats and we need to address this.” After the August elections, attention will be switched to legislative battles around the state.
“We have a 100% strategy,” he continued. By way of example he introduced Victor Evans. Evans, a black Memphian who graduated from Rhodes then got his Master’s at CBU, was picked by TN GOP Chairman Chris Devaney and named Engagement Director. Evans also worked at a charter school here and has a background in education reform. “We want to build bridges to non traditional constituents,” said Leatherwood. “Evans will connect with communities of interest by talking with community leaders to get to constituents. He’s a wonderful ambassador,” Leatherwood concluded.
Similarly, Sharon Ohsfeldt has conducted a Hispanic outreach. She has contacted businessmen in the community. “They listen to their leaders,” she said. “We want to build a base of Latino leadership and make a network.”
With 2014 just around the corner, it’s good to hear movement towards winning elections is underway.