Seminole campus welcomes a new club to discuss politics and current events. The Republican club meets every first and third Thursday of the month in PB 608 at 1:30 PM.
Club adviser Kelly Rich introduced the first meeting after Welcome Back by saying, “Talking about politics on campus can be scary.” She believes that the club should be a place for students to speak out about political issues that are important to them. The club also presents an opportunity for students to network and make new friends on campus.
The club is led by Re’Lynn Capra, who brings a long record of leadership experience with her. Two years ago Capra started the Pinellas county Teenage Republicans with a group of friends. As president she obtained sponsorship from the Pinellas county Republican executive committee to attend the Florida Federation of Teenage Republicans in Orlando. She was later elected political director of the state organization. “I love being able to bring people with a common interest together,” said Capra. Now she wants to bring the same can-do spirit to Seminole campus. She hopes to work closely with the Student Veterans Association and bring a variety of guest speakers to campus. Representative David Jolly and Florida state Representative Chris Latvala are among the conservative leaders that Capra hopes to bring to campus as president of the Republican club.
Five students attended the February 5th meeting, along with club adviser Kelly Rich. They discussed possible Republican contenders for the 2016 presidential election, Mitt Romney’s announcement that he was bowing out of the race, and the Transportation Security Administration. Students were divided on whether Romney’s withdrawal was a good thing, but broadly agreed that they did not support Jeb Bush.
The next meeting is on March 5th at 1:30 PM in PB 608. Check out the club’s Facebook page to see the club calendar and announcements of upcoming special events.