I recently attended the International Students for Liberty conference in Washington D.C.
And there I met Trace Mitchell, who had an immediate intuitive understanding of everything Blue Republican is about. I am delighted, therefore, that he is founding the Florida chapter of Blue Republican.
Here are a few words from Trace.
My introduction to the liberty movement actually began very similarly to my introduction to the Blue Republican movement.
I had always considered myself a strict Republican but often found myself having major issues morally with what the party was doing and supporting. In 2012 I was asked which candidate I supported for the primaries and I had to be honest and say Ron Paul. I kept up my support of Paul until he dropped from the race. A very good friend of mine saw how the election had upset me and how I did not support any of the other Republican candidates and explained that Ron Paul was much more of a libertarian than a Republican. My belief has always been that libertarians were grand-standing extremists but she quickly explained libertarian “ideology” and I immediately knew I had to learn more. I began going to SFL (Students for Libertr) meetings and quickly became very involved in the group, helping to plan events at which we collected signatures for petitions, or had speakers who talked about the free market or personal liberty. I even became the Vice-President of our local YAL (Young Americans for Liberty) chapter, also.
Now for a little about me.
I grew up in Lee County Florida as the child of a teacher and a school principal, so education was always very important to me. I became very interested in politics at high school and quickly found myself growing bored so I applied for a program that admitted me to college two years early. I immediately knew I had made the right decision and soon was rising through the ranks of student leadership at the university. By the end of my first semester, I was treasurer of my first club and by the end of the second, I had picked up two more clubs as treasurer and had become an official paid mentor at the school. After that, everything seemed to happen at once and I began interning for the governor of Florida on his campaign.
I also do research with the head of the Political Science Department at FGCU (Florida Gulf Coast University) and sit on a board that advises the local school board in their decisions. I have loved everything I have been doing and have been excited doing it, about but it was not until I met Robin at the ISFLC that I knew I had found my cause. I had been speaking the entire weekend about the ways libertarians could use the party system to our advantage instead of being victims of it and how you should vote for the candidate whose ideology you support – rather than as a result of the news station you listen too or the party you support. I’m extremely excited to become a part of such an amazing cause as Blue Republican and I look forward to the outstanding things we will be working on in the future.