Although they didn’t take the big win in the Coachella Valley, young Republicans were out in full force on election night.
“I have a philosophy… If it’s not fun, you’re not going to do it,” said Hugh Van Horn.
Van Horn is president of the Coachella Valley Young Republicans. On election night, the group went out to support their local candidates.
“And we played loud music and we had updates on our phones and all of our mobile devices and we were giving updates on the speaker so everybody knew what was going on and involved,” explained Van Horn.
Garrett Yack, a member of the club, says win or lose their support didn’t go unnoticed.
“I think it was great and they were very appreciative it meant a lot to them to show support especially from a younger group out here in the valley,” said Yack.
Even with Republicans newly gained control of the House and Senate, Yack and Van Horn still think it’s important more young people get involved with politics in the valley.
“I think a lot of young people don’t really feel that they’re vote is important,” said Van Horn.
And it is — in Riverside County around 40 percent of registered voters actually voted in the November 4 election.
“It’s our right and take advantage of it and for all the people that whine and don’t do anything about it one vote really can make a difference,” said Yack.
“Getting involved in politics and supporting politics can change your quality of life in the desert and it’s important to get out and vote,” concluded Van Horn.
The club is open to people ages 18 to 40.