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.
Tyrell Brown and Ed Ford Jr. are thought to be the two youngest black Republicans elected to public office in deep blue Connecticut. They met back in middle school and now, at 20-years-old, they’re believed to be the youngest African American Republicans ever elected to political office in Connecticut. On Election Day, Ford won a seat on the Middletown school board, and Brown was elected to the Middletown Planning and Zoning Commission.
Michelle Obama, thinks that the Republicans are the party of old, white men. She dropped this particular piece of race-baiting nastiness last month at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women.
“On one side of the room, it’s literally gray and white. Literally, that’s the color palette on one side of the room,”
“On the other side of the room, there are yellows and blues and whites and greens. Physically, there’s a difference in color, in the tone. Because one side: all men, all white. On the other side: some women, some people of color.
The two 20-year-olds, both juniors in college, first met each other playing touch football and were president and vice president of student government their senior year in high school.
On Tuesday, both were elected to positions in the town of Middletown — Ford to the school board, Brown to the Middletown Planning and Zoning Commission. According to WTNH, they are believed to be the youngest black Republicans ever elected in the Nutmeg State.
“When the results came in I was absolutely euphoric,” Ford, a psychology major at Central Connecticut State University, said.
Brown, a business major at Southern Connecticut State, was more pragmatic in his celebration: “When I found out I won, I said ‘OK, time to get to work.’”
They also noted that they definitely get it from family for being Republicans. “I definitely love Christmas and Thanksgiving at my house because it always gets interesting,” Brown said with a chuckle.
“If you have the will to do it, if you have the passion to do it, go do it now,” Ford said.
So, sorry, Michelle.
Ford and Brown will be sworn into office Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at council chambers inside Middletown City Hall.