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Young Republicans reviving Allen chapter

Brian Francisco

About 20 people are trying to rejuvenate Allen County Young Republicans, according to an organizer.

Local attorney Dan Kensinger, 30, said the group will have a convention of sorts at 10:30 a.m. July.20 at Allen County Republican Party Headquarters in downtown Fort Wayne. The meeting is for Republicans ages 18 to 40.

They will establish membership requirements, discuss goals and activities and provide information to anyone seeking to run for elected office or work on political campaigns. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, who is 36, is scheduled to speak to the gathering.

Kensinger said the local Young Republicans chapter has been largely dormant in recent years.

“We’re an age where people are just starting their careers,” he said. “They’re focusing a lot on spending time at work and not necessarily devoting the time they want to to political matters. They’re also getting their families started. So it can be difficult to get a core group of people committed to a wide range of activities."

Kensinger works for the Shine & Hardin law firm. One of its partners, Steve Shine, is chairman of the county Republican Party.

Kensinger said he and about 20 other people have been meeting weekly at a downtown restaurant to talk about ways to become more politically active.

“We’re looking to be an organization that demonstrates the wide appeal of the Republican Party today,” Kensinger said.

An upcoming event for Allen County Young Republicans will be a trip to a firing range to promote gun ownership rights and firearm safety.

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