The Need to Build a Bench an OP-ED by Austin Haynes

I had the opportunity to have breakfast a couple of days ago with the leaders of the Prince William Republican Committee Bill Card and DJ Jordan.  They have been terrific stewards, leading to strong Republican victories and a very stable committee.  Part of the conversation, as would be expected turned to who was running for what and who was thinking of running.  Very typical for a couple of folks associated through politics.  This led me to mention the constant need for building a bench.

We as Republicans have to look to the future as we build our local committees and advise on possible appointments.  We have to give our next generation of leaders an opportunity to learn and experience local government.  There needs to be a strategic plan to encourage young Republicans to get involved and to give them opportunities to grow.  We need to encourage them to seek appointments to various committees and commissions on the local level.  We need to mentor them in how to raise funding, how to build a grassroots organization, and how to present a professional image both in public and online.

This is important as one generation begins to step aside and the next begins to serve.  We are starting to see this already in Prince William County as Jeanine Lawson takes reins as the new Brentsville Supervisor, and Tim Singstock seeks to replace Milt Johns as Chairman of the School Board.  We have Jim Riley, Terrence Boulden, DJ Jordan, and Willie Deutsch preparing for future possible political runs.  As I write this, I am seeking election as Clerk of the Circuit Court and these guys make me feel old, but excited for our party at the same time.  As Supervisors, Delegates, Senators, and other elected officials step up to the next level or decide to leave office, it is important that we have someone qualified ready to take over.  One way to get these folks ready is to encourage our elected officials to appoint these future leaders to committees and commissions.

We know we have elected officials with a desire to move up to state and national political opportunities, now would be a good time to start getting our bench ready.

Austin Haynes

Chairman

Prince William Planning Commission

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One thought on “The Need to Build a Bench an OP-ED by Austin Haynes

  1. I would hope that the selection of candidates for committees and commissions, and other appointed positions go beyond partisan politics, and focus in the best qualified people who live in a Magesterial District, and within Prince William County. Not everyone in Prince William County self-identifies with a political party. “We” (the electorate) are the folks who actually decides who wins. Disenfranchising “the rest of us” from opportunities to serve as a political strategy may appeal to Party regulars (on both sides of the aisle); however, as for “the rest of us”… not so much.

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