Local Republicans create strategies for the future

By WEEK Reporter

April 17, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:13 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- McLean County Republicans are focusing on what they need to do to improve their party's success in future elections.

Tuesday night was the annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner. The co-chairman of the Republican National Committee, Sharon Day, was the Keynote speaker.

She emphasized the party's need to move from a nine state campaign to covering all 50 states more thoroughly. She also explained the importance of reaching minority voters.

"Things that they stand for like freedom, equal opportunity, these are our values, these are our party's values. When we talk about those things in those communities, it resonates and that is how we are going to make additions and that's how we are going to work within these communities," Day said.

"I think what we have to do is find room for all in the party. Everyone can play a roll," State Representative Dan Brady said. "That doesn't mean we have to give up what are our core values to us."

Several potential gubernatorial candidates were at the event, looking to gain exposure for 2014 races.

"When you run for governor, you do a number of Lincoln Day activities. We're in McLean County tonight. A great Republican County. It's a great way to show yourself to the Republican faithful," said State Senator Kirk Dillard.

Dillard is currently the only declared candidate for the 2014 election.

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