Clayton Turner: Millennials and Young Republicans 

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Who can make a real, positive, opportunity-driven change for our future?

As Chief of Staff for the Young Republican National Federation I have had the opportunity to meet and hear concerns from Millennials across the country. With the 2016 Election just a year away, and the Presidential election quickly approaching with many other races on the ballot, the question on everyone’s mind is this: Who can make a real, positive, opportunity-driven change for our future?

According to Pew Research, “Millennials are more burdened by financial hardships than previous generations, BUT they’re optimistic about the future.” Further, “Millennials are the first in the modern era to have higher levels of student loan debt, poverty and unemployment, and lower levels of wealth and personal income than their two immediate predecessor generations had at the same age.” Lastly, “Half of both Millennial and Generation X members doubt they’ll receive any Social Security benefits.”

Ultimately, candidates who speak about opportunity and security, both financial and physical, will flourish. Millennials, and Young Republicans specifically, believe in strong, competent, capable leadership. As we saw in the Kentucky statewide elections just last week where Kentuckians elected two of the youngest statewide officials in the country, Americans are ready for the next generation of ideas and leadership.

Whether it is leaders willing to take on the crippling debt and burdensome regulations facing our country, or having real insight and experience with creating jobs, Millennials crave solutions and leadership.

Whether it is in the presidential race, or local and state elections, one thing we all agree on is the need for courage to make the tough choices facing our country. Millennials, like all Americans, are tired of the same old people doing the same old thing with no solutions.

We are ready for a new generation of solutions from a new generation of leaders willing to stand up and make a difference. We want the future to be bright because our future is now.

Alabama native Clayton Turner is the Chief of Staff for the Young Republican National Federation.

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