We had the good fortune of connecting with James Ruehmann and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi James, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
We started the Colorado Federation of Teen Republicans as a way to expand political diversity in Colorado’s schools, and to provide an outlet for conservative students wishing to become interested in politics. We understood that if we wanted things to change, we had to do it ourselves; and that’s why we are a 100% student-run organization.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The CFTRs started due to a lack of political representation for conservatives on High School campuses. we found it necessary to open up the playing field and give those same students an outlet. A few weeks ago, we became the official youth affiliate of the Colorado Republican Party, and it is our mission to spread conservative values across this state. We are one of the few political organizations in the state to be 100% student-run and operated, and we take pride in representing high schoolers from all backgrounds, cities, and regions of this great state.
As a new organization, we want the world to know that we intend on representing the republican party fairly. In the past, we’ve been slandered and misrepresented. we intend on restoring the image of the GOP to that of freedom, liberty, and putting America First
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to thank Centennial City Councilman Mike Sutherland, Colorado GOP chairwoman Kristi Burton-Brown, CU Regent and Gubernatorial Candidate Heidi Ganahl, and Most importantly my family. without all of these friends, colleagues, and family members, I never would have had the support that I have had in creating this organization