FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 11, 2010
Contact: Isaac Hayes 773-677-5454
Former Illinois Black Republican Candidates Address State Party About Reform And Minority Outreach
State Party Must Expand If Winning Is The Objective
Bolingbrook, IL – December 11 – The Illinois Republican State Central Committee, the governing body of the Illinois Republican Party, heard comments today from former black candidates in support of party reform and minority outreach.
Isaac Hayes, former candidate US Congress 2nd district, appealed to the party to take black candidates seriously who run in predominantly black districts as a means to expand the base. Hayes said that Bill Brady lost in part because the party did not reach out to nor invest in its black candidates. Hayes pointed out that of the 1.4 million blacks who reside in Cook County, 1.2 million are concentrated in the 1st, 2nd and 7th congressional districts. Each district is made up of atleast 62% black residents. Hayes noted the lack of party resources in these communities and challenged the party to do better.
“It is as much good politics as it is continuing in the historical tradition of the Republican Party to reach outside of our base.” – Isaac Hayes
Cedra Crenshaw, former candidate State Senate 43rd district, spoke in support of SB600 as a means to reform and expand the party. SB600 would return the election of state party leaders to Republican primary voters, giving the people a voice in who represents them in state party leadership. Crenshaw noted that a resulting consequence of SB600 passage would be to ignite the base of the party, thereby aiding in recruitment and expansion of the base. Crenshaw reiterated Hayes’ challenge for minority outreach.
“SB600 is not a panacea, but it will go a long way to healing internal problems which keep the party from recruiting and expanding its base.” – Cedra Crenshaw
Frederick Collins, former candidate Cook County Sheriff, spoke about the need for party unity. Collins invoked the memories of freedom fighters Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.
“Only united can America continue to stand as the beacon of light on the road to freedom.” – Frederick Collins
The Illinois Coalition of Black Republicans is a coalition of Black Republican candidates, organizations, and concerned constituents throughout Illinois with the mission of advancing the principles of the Republican Party.