Elliott Echols, immediate past Chairman of the Georgia Association of College Republicans, has been selected as one of four political directors to help coordinate grass roots activities for the CRs in preparation for the fall elections. Politico gave Echols and his three new peers a bit of press yesterday:
The College Republican National Committee is hiring four full-time Regional Political Directors to oversee their field program. The CR’s budget calls for 60 paid field reps to work in targeted states across the country this fall. The goal is to recruit 50,000 new College Republicans and make 6 million voter contacts in swing states before November. This will be the largest field program in the organization’s 120-year history.
Echols will join Travis Holler, Amanda Miller, and Kial Vidic under the direction of Brad Alexander. Biographies of each are included with the above link. In addition to his role with the Georgia College Republicans, Echols has also worked on the campaign for Congressman Tom Graves and the State Senate campaign for Chad Whitefield.
I asked Echols about his new opportunity and his move to D.C. from Rome. His response:
“I’ve been working on some campaigns in Rome with Congressman Tom Graves and a few others, but this is bigger than I ever imagined. When I first got involved with the College Republicans at Berry College it was me and three other people. Then I was a State Chair and now I am working Nationally. Taking this Political Director job is an honor because of the amount of responsibility I am given. I get to work with some fine people who have worked all across the country to make sure the GOP wins the youth vote. A voting block that voted overwhelmingly Democrat in 2008. One major advantage we have this year is how organized and prepared we are. We have state federations in all fifty states and will be sending out a team of sixty field representatives to battleground states.”
I met Echols recently when he drove from Rome to Vidalia to serve on the panel for a debate between the 12th district candidates hoping to face John Barrow in November. We got to chat a bit afterward about his activities and future plans. There appears a definite commitment to mobilize people of his age around conservative principles and causes.
Best of luck to him in his new position.