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About the Republican Party

The Republican Party was born in the early 1850s by anti-slavery activists and individuals who believed that government should grant western lands to settlers free of charge. The first informal meeting of the party took place in Ripon, Wisconsin, a small town northwest of Milwaukee. The first official Republican meeting took place on July 6, 1854 in Jackson, Michigan. The name “Republican” was chosen because it alluded to equality and reminded individuals of Thomas Jefferson’s Democratic-Republican Party. At the Jackson convention, the new party adopted a platform and nominated candidates for office in Michigan.

Rochester Republicans

The Rochester City Republican Committee is comprised of city residents, 18 and older, who wish to promote the ideals of the Republican Party.

Our committee includes a diverse group of individuals from varying cultural and social backgrounds, reflecting the diversity that exists in the City of Rochester. Our members understand the ideals of the Republican Party and volunteer their time to share these ideals with a focus on improving the quality of life in our great city.

What We Believe

WE BELIEVE the strength of our nation lies with the individual and that each person’s dignity, freedom, ability and responsibility must be honored.

WE BELIEVE in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex, age or disability.

WE BELIEVE free enterprise and encouraging individual initiative have brought this nation opportunity, economic growth and prosperity.

WE BELIEVE government must practice fiscal responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn.

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