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WMU College Republicans are nation's best

Jan. 21, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Political activism by members of Western Michigan University's chapter of the College Republicans has garnered that group the designation of the nation's "Best Chapter" in 2006 from the College Republican National Committee.

The award, given by the CRNC to only one chapter annually, was presented to the WMU group on Jan. 13 at the Michigan Republican Party State committee meeting in Lansing. Dan Carlson, chairman of the Michigan Federation of College Republicans, presented the award.

WMU's chapter was chosen from more than 1,700 college chapters nationwide.

According to Carlson, the WMU College Republicans was selected as a result of the chapter's strong efforts for a number of years.

"They have excelled at campus activism and serving the needs of the Republican Party in general," Carlson says. "The award is a national recognition of the hard work of the WMUCR and the great leadership they have had on their campus."

Carlson cited such chapter activities as hosting speakers Pat Buchanan and Ann Coulter and leading large numbers of chapter members into the field to work on Republican campaigns during the 2006 election.

In addition, two of the chapter's members, chairman Tom Barrett and Brandon Moore, ran for seats on the Kalamazoo County Commission.

"Tom Barrett's leadership and activities this year helped put WMU in the national spotlight," says Carlson. "College Republicans at their best are active on campus recruiting future Republicans while simultaneously helping out Republican campaigns. Working on both projects is a difficult task for clubs, but the WMU CRs were able to excel at both. Nobody deserves it more."

Media contact: Marie Lee, (269) 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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