Make Blueval a Red Duval Again

Make Blueval a Red Duval Again
September 20, 2021 Comments Off on Make Blueval a Red Duval Again Local Politics, RNHA News Articles Emily Nuenz

I attended an inaugural meeting for the newly formed Republican association in my county. I briefly discussed upcoming meetings and events for the local and state chapter. As I was reflecting on the meeting, I decided to look at our local party website to see what other clubs I could engage to help grow the Hispanic membership. To my surprise, there is no listing of the club as an affiliated group. Not only has our Duval chapter been chartered in the county for months, but the current Republican Party Chair was a speaker at one of the meetings in February. What gives?

The club listed, however, is a Cuban American club with no active membership or forms. Why has the Republican National Hispanic Assembly in Duval been sidelined? Why has this shadow Cuban American Club not received support from the GOP with the basics of membership forms or a social media presence? The only Cuban American club I found listed in Jacksonville was a local nightclub.

In a county that gave the presidency to a Democrat for the first time since 1976, you would think there’d be more support given to minority groups where the GOP lacks in voter registration. Our party does not entertain identity politics, but numbers don’t lie. Between December 2020 and August 2021, voter registration numbers for Hispanics in Duval County did not increase but instead have decreased.

It is no secret that the Hispanic culture is rooted in conservative values and doesn’t want liberal social values pushed onto our children. Fortunately, the Biden administration will force many voters to reconsider their political affiliation, but that can’t be the end of it. We must make sure Hispanic feelings turn into conservative votes.

If the perception exists that there’s no support from our local party for Hispanic clubs, then why would that voter demographic feel that conservatives truly care? It seems Republicans are concentrating their message in a local echo chamber, and we must expand our message to a more diverse Hispanic community, rather than just Cuban Americans.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result. There is an opportunity to increase minority voter registrations in our county and the Republican party. The Republican National Hispanic Assembly and the local chapter in Duval could be a tool to communicate party values and to win hearts and minds. Hopefully, this was an administrative glitch, and we will see the desire to earn more of the Hispanic vote in Duval. It is beneficial for us all to unite in our fight to make Blueval a red Duval again.

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Emily Nuenz Emily Nunez is a Jacksonville native and graduate of Nathan Bedford Forrest High School. She enlisted into the Navy upon graduation and served her first tour of duty in Atsugi, Japan with Fighter Attack Squadron VFA-192, deploying on the USS Kitty Hawk. She was then selected to join the prestigious Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron- Blue Angels in Pensacola, Florida. After serving for 6 years as an enlisted sailor, she was selected for the Seaman to Admiral (STA-21) officer commissioning program. She became a communications officer with the United States Marine Corps achieving the rank of Lieutenant before returning back home to Jacksonville. She has an undergraduate degree from Auburn University in Business Administration and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida. She is currently a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor assisting small businesses with designing, implementing, and managing qualified retirement plans throughout Florida. She is also a contributing author for OpsLens Media Group and a senior researcher for FloridaDaily.com Her political involvement includes the Jacksonville Young Republicans and being a board member of the Florida Federation of Young Republicans. She also served as the Secretary for the Republican Women’s Club of Duval Federated and is currently serving as the State Publisher for the Republican National Hispanic Assembly.
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