18-year-old Jessica Shaver with NFRW President Carrie Almond
Republican Women of Rutherford County
Republican Women of Rutherford County (RWRC) most likely has the youngest club executive officer in the nation. Jessica Shaver turned 18 last year and is excited to be the club's secretary, as well as to be able to vote in the presidential election this year.
At our spring event, which featured NFRW President Carrie Almond, Jessica was still in high school and needed a letter to get out of school for a political “field trip.” Not only did I print up a letter for her and ask for her to be excused, but suggested that for fun, we would also get legislators to sign it for her principal.
To our surprise, by the end of the day, we not only had signatures from many state legislators, but we also ended up with Gov. Bill Haslam, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Speaker of the House Beth Harwell and Secretary of State Tre Hargett signing her letter.
Needless to say, we told Jessica to have her school copy the letter so that she could keep the original, and they did just that.
-- Andrea Norberg, president
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