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RNC Chairman Hosts Business and Community Leaders Roundtable in Detroit, Michigan

- November 12, 2013

Announces State Director Hire and Michigan Black Advisory Board

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus hosted a roundtable discussion with black business and community leaders in Detroit, Michigan to discuss solutions that would revitalize our urban centers.
While in Detroit Chairman Priebus announced the hiring of Wayne Bradley, State Director of African-American Engagement and the unveiling of the Michigan Black Advisory Council. Together they will oversee the RNC's implementation of the Growth & Opportunity initiative and build relationships throughout Michigan.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to work with the Michigan Republican Party to share the Republican Party’s vision for reviving our urban centers with Detroit’s business and community leaders,” said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. “We are committed to continuing our engagement efforts in the black community and will not stop competing for every vote, year-round. Our engagement staff and advisory board bring tremendous value to the work the Republican Party hopes to accomplish.”

“I am thrilled to engage with local leaders and members of my community as I share the positive vision of the Republican Party with them,” said Wayne Bradley.

Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak also attended Tuesday's roundtable. "The foundation of our new approach is getting out into the community, meeting people face to face, listening to their concerns and developing relationships on a neighbor-to-neighbor level. We are excited to partner with the Republican National Committee in an effort to engage with Michigan’s black communities," Schostak said.

Longtime Party activist and member of the Michigan Black Advisory Council, Bishop Ira Combs said, "We look forward to working with the Republican Party on strategies for job creation, improving quality education and strengthening our families and communities."

"It’s great to have Chairman Priebus in Detroit addressing the urgent situation with jobs and unemployment in our community. It’s a great opportunity for the GOP to perform outreach, listen, and expand the Party," said Jerome Barney, small business owner and member of the Michigan Black Advisory Council.

Wayne Bradley, State Director of African-American Engagement

Wayne, a Detroit native, most recently served as the host of the Wayne Bradley Show in Detroit, Michigan. He also founded the Urban Conservative League, an organization dedicated to advocating for school choice and private vouchers in Michigan.

Michigan Black Advisory Council

Jerome Barney (Detroit)
Bill Brooks (Detroit)
Bishop Ira Combs (Jackson)
Blake Edmonds (Grand Rapids)
Jimmy Greene (Saginaw)
Kerry Jackson (Farmington Hills)
Eunice Myles Jeffries (Detroit/Farmington Hills)
Dr. Phillip Johnson (Saginaw)
Terry Johnson (Farmington Hills)
Kelly Mitchell (Grand Rapids)
Linda Lee Tarver (Lansing)
Jessica Ann Tyson (Grand Rapids)
Pastor Phillip Smith (Grand Rapids)


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