As the general election heats up, so do the campaigning efforts of the College Republicans.
The College Republicans are a chain of groups on campuses across the nation. Brandon Barrera, now president, founded the local chapter in 2009.
“What we’re here for is to get people registered to vote, educate them on the issues and provide networking opportunities for people to be involved with different campaigns,” he said.
The debt is the biggest reason they are hoping presidential candidate Mitt Romney will win the election come Nov. 5.
“The debt is a pretty big issue,” Barrera said. “We can’t keep spending money like this.”
“What we really need is somebody who could help our economy and not just go further into debt,” said vice president Courtney Trevino. “I just think that he’s the better choice for this election.”
Though the group is interested in the general election, they found that there’s history to be made on the local level as well.
“Bill Adams is running as county commissioner in Precinct 3,” he said. “If he wins, the Republicans have control of the county court which will be the first time it ever happened.”
For Barrera, the call to politics came to him at the age of 11 when the unexpected event of 9/11 occurred.
“I became a Republican when Sept. 11,” he said. “That’s what really got me involved.”
For Trevino, her values attracted her to the group like the College Republicans.
“It’s something I’m really passionate about,” she said.
According to Barrera, there were only about 10 regulars that would come to the meetings, but last spring showed improvement.
“Last semester, we got a strong showing of 16 or 18 people,” he said.
The group is hoping to look a little more casual by meeting at the Country Luau, a bar found at King Street and University Boulevard.
“We’re trying something new this year,” Barrera said.
Their advisor, Dr. Thomas Krueger, wants conservative students to know that they have a group that represents them.
“What I’d like the students to get out of (The College Republicans) is the opportunity to realize that if they’re thinking they don’t want to give all of their money away to the government, there is other people likeminded that are here,” he said.
As for the general election, Krueger says the market has already shown who they support.
“I’m very optimistic,” he said. “(The markets) are at the highest we’ve seen since 2007 because of the real underlying chance that Mitt Romney might win.”