BEND, OR -- The newly elected head of the Deschutes County Republican Party is thought to be one of the youngest in the country. 19-year old Reagan Knopp, son of State Senator Tim Knopp, was just elected to the post. Reagan Knopp believes he can help attract new voters. "We're going to be focused on new ways to contact voters and modernizing it by new technologies, like Greg Walden did in national elections, but we'll use it locally. And, we'll be taking our message to the voters and tailor our message. And, I think you'll see us being successful in 2016."
Knopp tells KBND News he's excited about plans for the local party. "We're going to be reaching out to the community through letters to the editors and social media, and we're bringing a new message. The Republican brand is not highly regared, and we want voters to know our agenda and what we're for." He is a student at COCC and worked for two years as a legislative assistant in Salem. He has also worked as a grassroots volunteer, field director and deputy campaign manager.