A local 17-year-old is in the running for the Georgia Teen Republicans state chair position at the state convention Saturday.
Cherokee High School rising senior Brandon Roberts has plans to encourage other teens to get involved and vote, if he is successful in his bid for the job.
Roberts has already been active in party politics. He started the Cherokee County chapter of the GATRS in April 2011 and was appointed as the statewide web director later that year.
The teen said he was inspired to get involved in politics after a mentor invited him to a Canton City Council meeting when he was about 14 years old.
“How I got my start in politics, I created the City of Canton Teen Advisory Board (in 2011) when I first started going to the City Council meetings,” Roberts said. “I got approval from the City Council to start that, and so that was my first endeavor in politics.”
Roberts said his experience in politics “snowballed from there” ever since he discovered the GATRS. He was elected as the first vice chairman in June 2012 and serves as the Cherokee County Teen Republicans chairman.
“I just feel like it’s important for teens to be involved in politics since we’re the future. We’re the next generation that’s going to be having to step up to the plate,” Roberts said.
If elected as state chairman, Roberts said his platform will include three basic agenda items.
“One is increasing voter registration across the state, getting teens that are eligible to vote when they turn 18 to register. Second of all, making sure that we are developing clubs in our counties across Georgia and also, most importantly, in the high schools since that’s where the grassroots are,” Roberts said. “Thirdly, partnering with the county parties across the state to work together with them, attending their events and partnering with them so we have their support.”
Roberts is a member of the Sutallee Baptist Church and works as their communications director, along with teaching Sunday school. He lives with his parents, Jenny and Jason Roberts, and his younger brother, Jake, in Cherokee County between Canton and Cartersville in the Sutallee community.
“I want to become a youth pastor, I feel conviction to be a youth pastor,” Roberts said. “But I could also see myself being involved in politics in the future.”
Roberts has been part of the Student Government Association at Cherokee High School since he was a freshmen, and is also involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Common Ground club.
Roberts has gotten many endorsements for his campaign including ones from GATRS Secretary Sousaan Guyton, Cherokee County Commissioner Jason Nelms, Cherokee County District Attorney Shannon Wallace and state Rep. Michael Caldwell (R-Woodstock.)
Roberts is running for state chairman of the GATRS organization Saturday at the convention at the Capitol in Atlanta. For more information, visit Roberts’ campaign Facebook page at Brandon Roberts for Georgia Teen Republicans State Chairman.