Historically Black College Opens Republican Chapter

May 1, 2014

RNC Chairman, Reince Priebus addresses audience at Central State.
Credit Jerry Kenney

The Republican National Committee Chairman visited Central State University in Wilberforce Wednesday. Reince Priebus was there to mark the opening of the first Chapter of College Republicans on the historically black campus. 

Priebus told reporters at the event that the GOP has come up short when it comes to reaching younger and minority voters.

“But I think we can do a lot better by working hard, showing up at events, registering voters, and doing things like we’re doing today – celebrating a college Republican group at Central State University, which I think is a great thing for our party," he said. 

Central State sophomore, Austin Harris, of Cincinnati, will serve as the College Republicans first president.
Credit Jerry Kenney

Sophomore Austin Harris of Cincinnati, will serve as the chapter’s first president. 

Harris said the organization will give students options, adding, “I feel like it’s important for HBC to have a College Republican’s chapter here because we need diverse opinion, we need the input of all Americans.”

There are currently five Central State students in the new organization. Priebus say the GOP will continue their outreach efforts into the 2014 and 2016 elections.