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Historically Black College Opens Republican Chapter

Jerry Kenney

The Republican National Committee Chairman visited Central State University in Wilberforce Wednesday. Reince Priebus was there to mark the opening of the first Chapter of College Republicans on the historically black campus. 

Priebus told reporters at the event that the GOP has come up short when it comes to reaching younger and minority voters.

“But I think we can do a lot better by working hard, showing up at events, registering voters, and doing things like we’re doing today – celebrating a college Republican group at Central State University, which I think is a great thing for our party," he said. 

Credit Jerry Kenney
Central State sophomore, Austin Harris, of Cincinnati, will serve as the College Republicans first president.

Sophomore Austin Harris of Cincinnati, will serve as the chapter’s first president. 

Harris said the organization will give students options, adding, “I feel like it’s important for HBC to have a College Republican’s chapter here because we need diverse opinion, we need the input of all Americans.”

There are currently five Central State students in the new organization. Priebus say the GOP will continue their outreach efforts into the 2014 and 2016 elections.

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.