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Sophomore wins vice chair for Massachusetts Alliance of College Republicans

Sophomore Allison Payne assumed the first vice chair position of the Massachusetts Alliance of College Republicans. Photo by Madison Goldberg / Beacon Correspondent

The Massachusetts Alliance of College Republicans elected sophomore Allison Payne as the vice chair for the Commonwealth’s largest conservative youth organization during its annual Spring Convention on March 23.

Payne said in a phone interview after the election that she attributed the victory to her partnership with Ben Hincher, a student from Stonehill College who was re-elected as the chairman of the MACR. Payne also serves as the president of Emerson’s College Republicans chapter which reorganized on campus in February.

“[I am] happy to have this position and excited to get to work,” Payne said.

All College Republican chapters operate under MACR—the parent organization in Massachusetts. The statewide group involves about 2,100 registered college students in different chapters, according to the MACR website. MACR spreads conservative missions to the College Republicans and helps them find internships and build connections, Hincher said in a phone interview.

Two vice chairs serve on the executive board of MACR. Payne will serve as the first vice chair and oversee the college chapters in the eastern area of Massachusetts, including chapters at Emerson, Boston University, Havard, and Northeastern University. The second vice chair manages chapters in central and western Massachusetts, according to the MACR website.

Other first vice chair responsibilities include handling administrative duties for the president of MACR, working with chairs from different chapters, helping to coordinate events, and ensuring that the chapters operate efficiently, Hincher said.

The vice chairs, along with other executive board members of MACR, also engage with other schools to build new chapters. Payne and other executive board members are in the process of establishing a new chapter at Suffolk University, Payne said.

Payne said her accessibility to the Boston area allows her to better fulfill her duties.

“Emerson is located right in the city, so I have lots of mobility to travel to different schools in this area,” Payne said.

In the election for the new executive board, only delegates from different chapters can vote. The number of delegates varies based on the number of members in each chapter, Hincher said. The number ranges from two to 31 students per school. Two students represent the Emerson College Republicans’ chapter vote in conventions. The election team that reached a majority vote would win the election, Payne said.

Hincher said Payne completed a lot of work for the Emerson chapter by restarting it, gathering members, and holding meetings. He said he recognized her leadership and ability as a qualified vice chair.

“[Payne] is a tremendously gifted young political operative… I am excited about all the work she has done,” Hincher said.

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