Julia Porterfield: Tell us a little about yourself.
Wes Fisher: I am from Fauquier County, Virginia which is a rural County right on the edge of the Washington DC suburbs. I grew up in and around politics with my parents being politically active at the local level and have been hooked ever since. I started a Teenage Republican club at my high school and was a delegate to Boys State.
I brought that passion with me to college where I was able to get involved in the College Republicans. The CRs gave me opportunities to work on political campaigns and hold leadership roles. I worked for Senator Mark Obenshain when he ran for Attorney General in 2013 and helped run his ‘Students for Obenshain’ group (where I met my girlfriend). I have since worked or volunteered for several other campaigns across the state and am currently Chairing our CR club and helping coordinate with 2015 Local and General Assembly campaigns.
JP: What school do you go to and what are you studying?
WF: James Madison University studying Political Science with a Political Communication Minor.
JP: What do you hope to do after graduation?
WF: I hope to attend law school at some point and am now exploring options in legislative offices and public policy for a year or two.
JP: How did you get involved with politics?
WF: When I was 6, I started fervently following the 2000 election, ever since I’ve been totally hooked. Growing up i was dragged to many political events and fundraisers which pretty much cemented a love of politics in me. I naturally took that with me to college.
JP: Who are some of your role models?
WF: I never met my grandfather, but he started out his life as a coal miner in Pennsylvania and moved the family to Virginia to pursue what became a very decorated career as a Police Officer. His son, my father, is now a local elected Prosecutor. I think that pretty much sums up the American dream.
JP: What issue do you care about most?
WF: Jobs (more of them) and Government (less of it).
JP: Who do you support for 2016?
WF: Right now I think Scott Walker can best unite the party and provide a stark contrast to Hillary Clinton.
JP: What part of the GOP do you align with most? What do you think will be the lasting legacy of President Obama?
WF: I consider myself a pretty run-of-the-mill Republican; Concerned about jobs and the economy. As far as President Obama goes, I think his legacy will be that of one who was able to further the partisan divide in the country. He seems like an upstanding man with good intentions but I cannot stress enough that his actions to fix the problems of our country will have detrimental, unintended consequences.
JP: Who’s your favorite President?
WF: Of course Ronald Reagan because he ignited the conservative movement as it is today. To provide a more unique answer though it is worth mentioning James K. Polk, who ran on a platform of several key ideas and issues and upon completing them in 4 years, chose not to seek reelection. Today’s leaders could learn from his example.
JP: What impact can young Conservatives have on the political process?
WF: They can have as much impact as they want, The GOP is going to have to figure out how to present our ideas in a way that is palatable to young americans who are all concerned about jobs and the economy. Someone once told me “Those who run the world are usually the ones who just showed up”. That seems to say it better than I can as far as young conservatives impacting the political process go.
JP: Why is it important to stay informed on current affairs?
WF: It is incredibly important to know what kind of world we live in. Just about each and every good news story can affect you in some way. If we want to make news as young americans it is very important to listen to the news as well.
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