Last weekend the California College Republicans held their annual convention in Berkeley. With nearly 250 students representing 27 chapters turnout was strong. Nithin Mathew was unanimously elected State Chairman, and the remainder of his slate was elected as well. Nithin previously served as the executive director of the CRs.
Accompanied by Republican National Committeeman Shawn Steel, the College Republicans led a successful march across the UC Berkeley campus – rallying students against the ever-increasing “fees” in the UC and CSU systems. Speakers at the convention included California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte, Vice Chairwoman Harmeet Dhillon, UC Berkeley Law Professor John Yoo, former Lt. Governor and Gubernatorial candidate Abel Maldonado, and other GOP leaders.
College campuses – particularly the University of California campuses – have not been particularly friendly to Republican candidates over the past few elections. It’s important that each university and college have a strong GOP presence to help organize, help spread the Republican message, and help point out bias.