Russian Republican Club (RRC) hosted a conference on January 29, 2014 dedicated to the foundation, organization, and the prospects of the Club. The participants actively discussed the mission of the organization and its future plans. Furthermore, RRC administration addressed many issues concerning the Russian-speaking community.
Rayan Call (State Party Chairman), Matt Crane (Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder), Nicole Frazier (State Coalition Director) were among the distinguished guests.
Matt Crane, talked about the rules and procedures of voter registration process in Arapahoe County and in the State of Colorado. Nicole Frazier explained the role of the coalitions in the Republican Party. Rayan Call gave a thorough presentation about the political process within the Republican Party in the State of Colorado and his vision for the conservative movement.
The speakers were warmly received by the audience and answered many questions ranging from value of entrepreneurship to the future victories of the Party.
Information About Our Speakers:
State Party Chairman
Ryan Call was elected Colorado Republican State Chairman in March 2011. Ryan was born in Denver, grew up in Adams County, and attended Ranum High School in Federal Heights. He received his J.D. from the University of Denver in 2005, and his M.B.A. in finance and organizational management and B.A. degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Ryan is an attorney with the Denver law firm of Hale Westfall, LLP, where he provides legal counsel and strategic advice to a broad range of corporations and trade associations, tax-exempt non-profits and advocacy organizations, political party committees, candidate and political action committees, and individuals.
Ryan previously served as a member of the University Of Denver Sturm College Of Law Alumni Council, as a Commissioner appointed by Governor Bill Owens to the Colorado Access to Justice Commission, and worked for two sessions as a legislative aide in the Colorado General Assembly. He has served as a member of the Colorado Secretary of State’s Advisory Panels on Election Law and Campaign Finance and Lobbyist Regulation, and the Colorado Lawyer’s Committee Election Law Task Force. In addition to his membership in the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, Ryan has been an active member of the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Federalist Society and the Republican National Lawyer’s Association, and is a member of the National Rifle Association.
Prior to being elected State Chairman, Ryan served as the State Party’s legal counsel from 2006 to 2011, assisting Party leaders, candidates, and grassroots activists in navigating the increasingly complicated campaign finance rules, election laws, and Party organizational questions. In the months leading up to the 2008 elections, he took a leave of absence from his law practice to work full-time as In House Counsel and as the State Party’s Political Director. His work for the State Party has involved traveling the state, fielding countless inquiries and calls with local leaders and candidates, and leading numerous trainings and webinars.
Ryan’s heart is and has always been with the grassroots of the conservative movement. He entered politics as a campus leader of the College Republicans at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and served as the State Chairman of the Colorado Youth for Bush effort during the 2000 campaign. In the two years he served as the State Chairman of the Colorado College Republicans, the organization started ten new campus groups and recruited thousands of young people to the Republican Party. He was elected by his peers to serve for two years as the National Co-Chairman of the College Republican National Committee, and in that capacity assisted with national fundraising and continued to provide training and support, and to rally young volunteers for the Republican cause.
In addition to his work at the State Party, over the past eight years Ryan has meaningfully served his own local County Party, volunteering as a precinct committeeperson, for four years as County Party Vice-Chairman, and most recently as the Chairman of the Denver Republican Party.
Ryan and his wife Brittany now live in Arapahoe County with their four children: Aaron (age 9), Lauren (age 7), Andrew (age 3) and Eleanor (age 8 months). In addition to his significant political involvement, he volunteers as a Sunday school teacher, and as a merit badge counselor for the local troop of the Boy Scouts of America.
Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder
Matt Crane was appointed Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder to fill a vacancy created when the previous Clerk and Recorder, Nancy A. Doty was elected District 1 County Commissioner. He is serving a term that expires January 15, 2015.
Matt is one of a select group of election administrators in Colorado with both state and county elections experience. He has worked for the Colorado Department of State, the City and County of Denver and Arapahoe County. Matt was also invited to participate in identifying national election best practices with the Election Assistance Commission in Washington, D.C. Matt is a nationally and state Certified Elections Administrator through the National Elections Center and the Colorado Department of State. In January of 2014, he was elected Vice President of the Colorado County Clerk's Association by his fellow Clerks. He will serve as President of the Association in 2016. Matt was also nominated in 2014 to serve as the Colorado State Delegation Director to the International Association of Clerks, Recorders, and Election Officials & Treasurers.
As Clerk and Recorder, Matt is committed to providing outstanding customer service to the citizens of Arapahoe County. He leads an office that serves five locations throughout the County and employs approximately 120 people. Since Matt has become Clerk and Recorder, he has expanded the quality and access of services to Arapahoe County citizens, including:
- Extending Clerk and Recorder Office hours, increasing the access to our services for our citizens;
- Issuing marriage/civil union licenses at all branch offices;
Making the Byers Branch Office more accessible for citizens with a disability;
- Created an on-line motor vehicle title registration quote tool, allowing citizens to get an idea of what it will cost to title their vehicle before coming to our office;
- Cross-training employees across departments to create greater flexibility and efficiency by helping us meet statutorily required deadlines while avoiding overtime;
- Redesigned our office's elections website, www.arapahoevotes.com, to make it more user-friendly. On this site, citizens can verify their voter registration, identify and find contact information for their elected officials, track their mail ballot, see the latest county voter registration numbers, and much more;
- Increased the office's presence and messaging on social media to better inform our citizens of what is happening in our offices;
Added additional mail ballot drop-off locations in southeast Aurora, Strasburg and Deer Trail.
As the chief election official for the county, he is committed to conducting fair, accurate, secure and transparent elections. He is working to decrease wait times at voting locations, improve the provisional ballot process and establish a continuing education program for election judges.
Matt is an avid Denver sports fan. He loves the Broncos, Nuggets, Rockies and Avalanche. He resides in Littleton with his wife Lisa. They have one daughter.
State Coalition Director
Nicole serves as State Coalitions Director for the Colorado Republican Party. In addition, she heads the Tomorrow’s Leaders Program, the Colorado GOP’s new student engagement program. She previously served as the national public relations director for the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, North America’s oldest and largest network of independent crisis shelters and rehabilitation centers.
Under her leadership the association partnered with organizations such as the Republican Study Committee, Walt Disney, Hanes, and has appeared on ABC World News and in numerous publications including the New York Times, Washington Post and Christianity Today.