Jefferson County Republican Party Chair Nathan Haney

Politics
8:25 am
Sun June 8, 2014

Rand Paul, Louisville GOP Open West End Headquarters to Reach Black Voters

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Joined by dozens of residents and elected officials, the Jefferson County Republican Party opened new headquarters in west Louisville on Saturday in an effort to better reach black voters.

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Politics
4:47 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

New Louisville Republican Ad Campaign Seeks to Win Over Black Voters

The Jefferson Co. Republican Party is running these ads in the Louisville Defender
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Louisville Republicans have a new ad campaign aimed at winning over African-American voters.

The GOP is running a half-page ad in the Louisville Defender that says the party of Abraham Lincoln is listening.

This follows the lead of U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., who has made a noticeable effort to court minorities as he gears up for a presidential bid.

In an interview with WFPL, Jefferson County Republican Party Chairman Nathan Haney says the newspaper ad is the just the first of many targeting black voters.

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Politics
7:30 am
Mon September 16, 2013

New Louisville GOP Chair Wants to Focus on Local Elections, Voter Outreach

Jefferson County Republican Party Chair Nathan Haney

The new chair of the Jefferson County Republican Party says reaching beyond east Louisville is key to the local party’s future success.

At the federal level, the GOP controls all but one of Kentucky’s six congressional seats.

In state government Republicans have expanded their majority in the state Senate in recent years, and many believe taking over the state House is within reach next year.

But in Jefferson County, Republicans have struggled in Louisville-area races as of late where Democrats control nearly all of the important elected offices.

Newly elected Jefferson County Republican Party Chair Nathan Haney is looking to change that.

"This is a big county and it’s going to take a big effort. But I definitely agree and I think it is a priority that we outreach not only to south Louisville, but west Louisville is very important to us," says Haney, who is an attorney and former state House candidate.

Among the issues Republicans need to discuss more in Louisville are school choice, lowering homicide rates and changing mandatory sentencing laws, says Haney.

"One of the things that we have got to do is we have got to go places and we’ve got to talk to people, and we’ve got to listen to what their concerns are," he says. "There’s a lot of very basic local issues that we agree wholeheartedly on. But we never give ourselves the chance because a lot of times we haven’t done the outreach efforts that we need to do."

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