Dear Fellow Republican,
It hasn’t been easy to be a Republican in New York lately, but we can turn the tide together. Politics is cyclical and the pendulum is starting to swing back our way. We must get out and vote on November 4th for our local candidates and stick together through next year, as we continue to build our party at the local level and prepare for the coming 2016 elections. Like you, we know that the core principles of the GOP are the proven, inclusive way to safety and prosperity for all New Yorkers.
I hope this 2014 Republican candidate guide is useful to you and your family before heading out to the polls on November 4th. The NEQRC stands with you to promote the values of the GOP here in our community and we will never give up. We ask you to help by making sure you and your family vote on November 4th.
We cannot afford to let our fellow Republicans or Conservatives, Libertarians, moderates and independents stay home on Election Day. Low voter turnout, apathy and cynicism pose as great a danger to our party as any Democratic candidate or Left-wing PAC. I urge you to get out on November 4th, cast your vote and be heard. I ask you to encourage all of your family members and friends to do the same.
The NEQRC strives to bring our club members the most interesting and timely guests for our meetings and 2014 has been no exception. We kicked off our 2014 general meetings with guest speaker Jay Nordlinger, Senior Editor of the National Review and continued to attract some of the most prominent and relevant figures in New York politics. Our guest speakers this year have included Rob Astorino, John Cahill, Chris Moss, Grant Lally, Phil Gim, Councilman Eric Ulrich, Congressman Bob Turner, strategist Lynn Krogh and author/GOP operative Roger Stone.
We presented the only candidate forum for the 3rd Congressional District primary, which gave Republican voters a chance to see the two candidates answer each other’s questions as well as ours. And many voters who thought their votes didn’t count were shocked to learn that the primary was won by a mere 11 votes.
We brought Northeast Queens Republicans a chance to hear from Rob Astorino back in April, before many voters knew him. With the help of many of you, we held a successful fundraiser in June that allows us to provide services like this mailer and our many events.
I also believe that a political club should provide community service and opportunities to expand the appeal of the GOP in Queens. That’s why we do more than just talk politics. For the second consecutive year, our club hosted a free family Easter egg hunt in Bowne Park which featured our own Easter Bunny to entertain more than 150 children and parents and has become an Easter tradition in the neighborhood. Other events like our blood drives, charity collections, golf outings and barbecues give us opportunities to come together as a community, do some good and have some fun.
We support groups like the Bridge to Life and the New York Blood Center because they value human life as much as we do. This year’s holiday activities are being planned right now and I hope you’ll get in touch with me or check our website/Facebook pages and join us.
If you’re not sure which Assembly District you live in or which poll site to vote in, visit the Board of Elections website or call 866-VOTE-NYC.
I hope to see you at the polls on November 4th and at one of our upcoming NEQRC gatherings. I ask you join us. ￼
Kevin J. Ryan
President, Northeast Queens Republican Club