A pair of 20-year-old friends may have just become the youngest black Republicans ever elected to public office in Connecticut, according to reports.
Ed Ford Jr. and Tyrell Brown, a pair of young black men elected to office in Middletown, Connecticut, have been friends since middle school. They share many things but most especially an interest in politics, WTNH channel 8 reported.
Speaking of his friend, Mr. Ford told WTNH, “I met him playing two-hand touch football.”
Now, these two college juniors may have become the youngest black Republicans ever to be elected to a public office in the liberal state of Connecticut. On Election Day, Ford won a seat on the Middletown school board, and Brown was elected to the Middletown Planning and Zoning Commission.
Both young men admitted that many of their fellow millennials look suspiciously at them for being Republicans. They also note that they are serious about their politics.
“If you have the will to do it, if you have the passion to do it, go do it now,” Ford told reporters of the pair’s go-getter attitude.
Ford, a psychology major at Central Connecticut State University, and Brown, a business major at Southern Connecticut State University, hope to bring their conservative ideas to their newly won seats.
The newly minted representatives of Middletown’s voters will be sworn in on November 14 at the Middletown City Hall.
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