Our very own Director of Recruitment & Training, Kamilah Prince, sat down with National Journal to talk about our political program and how the RSLC trains and recruits candidates.
We are proud of our political team and all they do to make sure we have the best candidates in every corner of the country – their efforts will strengthen our Party for decades to come. Our top goal is to make sure our candidates have the resources necessary to win.
Take a look at a few parts from the Wednesday Q&A with National Journal and Kamilah below.
In the 2018 midterms, Democrats saw a surge of women running for office up and down the ballot, but the number of Republican women actually dropped in the U.S. House, in statewide elected executive offices, and in state legislatures. Why do you think there has been this downward trend?
I think it’s a tough decision for a woman to choose to run for office. There’s a lot that plays into it, but I know this year we have a lot of great candidates running. You’ve got folks that are PTA presidents to business owners who have decided to step up and run for office.
It is a hard decision for any woman to run for office regardless of party, but how do you plan on combating the deficit within your party specifically?
The biggest thing for us is it’s not a short-term game; it’s a long-term game. And so we’ve got to make sure that we’re continuing to not only look at elections today, but for the elections in the future to come. And a big part of that will be centered around working with those communities in the state and identifying women, recruiting them to actually run for office, and then giving them the skills by training them up.
What does that look like? What resources does your team offer?
A lot of times, especially [for] first-time candidates … there’s a lot that they don’t know, and they’re not as comfortable in running for office. So you’ll give them some workshops on fundraising and how to make the ask. That sounds so simple, but it’s not that simple and it’s not very easy for candidates—and first-time candidates especially. It’s making sure that they know how to fundraise, they know how to build and write a get-out-to-vote plan, that they know how to message and how to do debates and how to connect with voters in swing districts, which is very different than connecting with voters in extremely Republican districts.
How do you define success at the RSLC, and what would be the best outcome for your team in terms of successful recruitment?
I think success is building the bench, to be honest. That’s going to be a focus of mine. … I want us to work with folks and make sure that we have great Republican candidates who are representing the unique compositions of their community. … You know, some of those
individuals are going to go on and they’re going to run for governor, they’re going to run for lieutenant governor, they’re going to be sitting in Congress one day, and to know that that work started at RSLC, I think is great.