Our Eleven Recommendations

Go Local!

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The Republican Party of Virginia and its units should ad­just their roles by “Going Local”.  SUVGOP outlines several first recommendations in our report as listed here.

Invest in Identifying Issues

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The state party and local units should collaborate to in­vest heavily in identifying the most important issues to suburban voters in each election cycle and with an eye to­ward identifying longer-term suburban trends.

Define Key Issues

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·  Republican candidates running in suburban areas of Vir­ginia should choose two to three issues of concern to the electorate and define our solutions to these problems - issues that will encourage crossover voting by independents who may normally be inclined to vote for the official positions of the Dem­ocratic party, its candidates and elected officials.

Recruit Candidates for the Long Term

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The state and local parties in suburban areas should make an immediate and concerted effort to recruit a deep bench of potential candidates who are very involved in their communities and plan to run for office over the next five to ten years.  The parties should offer education and assistance in the mechanics of professional campaigns.

Our Tone Matters

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Our tone matters. State and local candidates should devel­op a campaign tone that appeals to suburban voters.

Volunteers Personally Invested

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Local units and the state party should place a renewed emphasis on making volunteer politics an enjoyable and rewarding activity in which volunteers feel personally in­vested.  Opening up opportunities for innovation and individual responsibilities.

Start Spreading the News

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The Party should regularly communicate with activists across the state via a weekly or monthly email newslet­ter.

Family Friendly

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Suburban city and county units should make it as easy as possible for working families and young voters to participate in the Re­publican community.

Experimental Outreach

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Local units should experiment with new forms of precinct organization to reach suburban voters.

Encourage the Grassroots

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The Republican Party should encourage the development of organic grassroots groups such as the Tea Party and SUVGOP. The ex­istence of such groups demonstrates the breadth of the Republican Party, not disunity.

Establish a Suburban Advisory Committee

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The Republican Party of Virginia should establish a Sub­urban Advisory Committee comprised of unit chairs in suburban areas to provide advice and guidance on re­versing the trends in these critical regions.

Go Deeper - Get the Full Report

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Thank you for taking the time to read our brief initial recommendations on "Winning Back Suburbia: Proposals for Virginia Republicans"


For a more detailed dive into our proposals follow this link and download an electronic copy or email us: SUVGOP@gmail.com