Students work on campaigns

Oct 312010
Authors: Jordyn Dahl

With Tuesday’s elections approaching, national Republicans and Democrats aren’t the only ones hard at work. CSU’s College Republicans and Young Democrats have worked countless hours this semester to make sure their party wins.

Sam Starr, a sophomore political science major and member of Young Democrats, has spent his time canvassing on the Lory Student Center Plaza and educating students on issues, including Amendments 60, 61 and Proposition 101.

“Even though the polls are in the favor of students, it’s important to campaign against 60, 61 and 101,” Starr said.

The amendments would reduce property taxes and make it next to impossible for the government to obtain a loan, while the proposition would reduce vehicle taxes to $10 a vehicle, a rate that hasn’t been seen since 1919.

Student government has taken a stance against the three initiatives and urges students to vote no on Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101.

The Young Democrats have brought in a number of blue-party candidates to campus including Lt. Gov. candidate Joe Garcia and Adam Bowen, the candidate for Larimer County commissioner.

On the other side of the spectrum, Kelly Carnal has campaigned hard for the Republicans through her work at the Larimer County Victory Office while keeping up with her duties as president of College Republicans.

Carnal and her fellow members spent past weeks educating students on ballot issues and trying to get them involved through internships with the Cory Gardner for Congress campaign.

“We’re trying to get as many students involved as possible,” Carnal said.

Although this election is drawing to a close, College Republicans and Young Democrats are always looking for new members.

“We’d love to work with (new members),” Starr said. “We’re such a tight-knit group.”

Both Carnal and Starr said the best way to get involved is to attend their meetings.

Young Democrats meet in Rm. 217 in the Lory Student Center on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. College Republicans are changing their meeting date and time for next semester but can be reached at under the CSU Chapter.

ASCSU Beat Reporter Jordyn Dahl can be reached at

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