Posted: Aug 12, 2013 2:20 PM by Lindsey Gordon - MTN News
Updated: Aug 12, 2013 3:54 PM
HELENA - Young Montana Republicans gathered in Helena on Saturday for the first ever 'Future Summit.'
One word that kept coming up was "modernizing" in regards to the party's means of communicating with the public.
Daniel Zolnikov, a MT State Representative from Billings, said, "Some of the candidates, they go out there and they don't even have a website, so you can't even learn anything about them. I mean, you go out and they have papers asking questions and they're trying to fill out - 'what is your answers? - well, why don't we have tablets and make it a lot easier?"
Jessica Sena, chair of the MT Young Republicans, noted, "We need a new skin for an old message...and that's social media. I mean, really maximizing every single one of the various media sources that are out there."
Long-time Republicans at the Summit support their ideas with enthusiasm.
Debra Lamm, the chair of the Park County Republican Central Committee, said, "It's very exciting to see their enthusiasm and their desire to expand our party and to really get our principles and goals out there, because we really are the party of individual rights and of freedom."
As a young Republican, Zolnikov says that the party needs to hear the growing voices of party youngsters: "This is the ground game for the Republican party. If they don't listen to these guys now...we will not be able to win future elections."