The following is a press release from Caroline Shinkle.
MIT Student Braves Political Waters
Caroline Beauregard Shinkle is Candidate for Republican State Committeewoman
First Suffolk and Middlesex District
MIT student Caroline Beauregard Shinkle is a candidate in the 2012 election for Massachusetts Republican State Committeewoman. She is running in the First Suffolk and Middlesex District which encompasses the newly reapportioned district of State Senator Anthony Petruccelli (D).
The election is Presidential Primary Day, Tuesday, March 6, 2012.
“I entered this race because I am dedicated to building the Republican Party into a powerful force in my district, throughout the Commonwealth, and across the country,” said Shinkle. “On the State Committee, I will focus on identifying competitive Republican candidates who pledge to limit government, empower wealth creation, limit taxes, and encourage private investment. In addition, I will work tirelessly to create outreach initiatives to expand activism in the party.”
Shinkle’s roots run deep in the district. “My great grandparents came from Mirabella Eclano (province of Avellino) to the North End in the early 1900s. They lived on Hanover Street for decades, and my grandmother was a schoolteacher in Cambridge,” she said.
Shinkle is a legislative intern for U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) and Massachusetts State Representative David Vieira (R), 3rd Barnstable District.
“Caroline is exactly the kind of young, energetic person who will immediately become a powerful addition to the State Committee,” said Vieira.
Shinkle has attended and spoken at numerous events throughout her district, including candidate forums and Republican ward, city, and town meetings.
“Caroline is a fighter and a leader who is paving the way to transform Massachusetts into a ‘red’ state,” said John Pagnani, East Boston resident and two-tour veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, who heard Shinkle speak at a ward meeting in Boston.
Shinkle’s platform includes enhancing Party’s communications in order to facilitate the sharing of information, and raising the profile of the party through the use of social media such as twitter and facebook as well as traditional communication vehicles.
An Economics and Finance major at MIT, Shinkle will work to attract the youth vote to the Republican Party. “Most young people are keenly interested in securing jobs with future growth potential. I will dedicate my efforts to recruiting, vetting, and supporting candidates who will commit to principles that will energize regional employment opportunities,” said Shinkle.
Shinkle’s experience with the youth vote includes reviving the defunct MIT College Republican chapter as well as registering new voters.
Her activism with young people extends to those not old enough to cast a ballot, but whose vote will matter someday soon. To provide an opportunity for middle school students to explore the political arena, Shinkle founded Camp USA (United Student-Leaders of America). The summer day camp is non-profit, nonpartisan, and free.
“Through upbeat and informational activities, Camp USA participants are inspired to become more informed, engaged citizens. We cover a range of topics that serve as a strong basis for understanding the intricacies and opportunities found in the political arena,” said Shinkle.
“Caroline’s passion for politics is contagious, and she is an inspiration to people of all ages. She gives me hope for not only the future of the Republican party, but for the entire political landscape,” said Marty Densberger of Sandwich, whose son has attended Camp USA for two years.
The First Suffolk and Middlesex District stretches from the North End to East Boston and Beacon Hill to portions of Cambridge, as well as the entirety of Revere and Winthrop. In Boston, the district includes Ward 1: Precincts 1-14; Ward 3: Precincts 1-4, 6 and 8; and Ward 5: Precincts 1, 3-5, and 11. In Cambridge, it includes Ward 2: Precincts 2 and 3; Ward 4: Precincts 1 and 3; and all of Ward 5.
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