Dave Spencer, Fifth Generation Rockefeller, Supports No Labels College Program

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Founder of Practically Republican, No Labels Executive Council Supports New Generation of Political Engagement

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Dave Spencer, founder of Practically Republican, and Executive Council Member of No Labels, is supporting No Labels’ college program to foster a new generation of political activism focused on solving problems, rather than partisan conflict. No Labels is forming chapters on college campuses around the country--120 so far--and 100 students will participate in a National Problem Solver Convention on October 11-12 in New Hampshire, with dozens of elected officials and presidential candidates in attendance.

“No Labels and Practically Republican share a commitment to rising above the destructive partisanship that is stifling progress in government,” says Spencer. “I’m supporting No Labels’ college program because engaging new voters is the quickest way to reset the political climate in our country.”

Hosted by the No Labels co-chairs and former presidential candidates Gov. Jon Huntsman and Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Problem Solver Convention will bring together 1500 No Labels members, many of whom are undeclared New Hampshire. voters, for a first-of-its-kind gathering three months before the first primary election. Students from No Labels college chapters will be on hand to launch the organization’s efforts to press the next president to commit to problem solving.

In 2015 and beyond, No Labels is focusing its energies on creating a new goal-oriented model of governance for the country. The organization is calling for the creation of a new National Strategic Agenda focused on four goals chosen with direct input from the American people.

1) Create 25 million new jobs over the next 10 years
2) Balance the federal budget by 2030
3) Secure Social Security and Medicare for another 75 years
4) Make America energy secure by 2024

No Labels’ ultimate goal is for the next president and Congress to agree to focus on at least one of these goals within the first 30 days of the next administration, and to commit to a robust bipartisan process to achieve these goals.

Spencer, a fifth generation Rockefeller and member of the Executive Committee of the California Republican Party, is a proud proponent of “Rockefeller Republicanism,” a family tradition of public service and fiscally conservative, socially open-minded politics. This kind of “practical” Republican is nearly extinct in today’s party leadership, stalling productive legislation and alienating voters--especially young voters. Practically Republican’s focus on political pragmatism aligns with No Labels’ focus on problem solving.

“Our party is on the verge of becoming irrelevant for eight more years if we don’t change it,” Spencer says. “I want our college students and other young people to experience how exciting and rewarding genuine public service and political involvement can be, and empower them to help lead the change we need.”

“We are excited to have Dave Spencer and Practically Republican as such a committed supporter of No Labels and our college outreach efforts,” said No Labels CEO and Co-Founder Nancy Jacobson. “We share a desire to revive and rejuvenate the political process in our country with true practical, problem solving leadership.”

For more information about Practically Republican visit PracticallyRepublican.com. For more information on the No Labels Problem Solver Convention, visit NoLabels.org.

About Dave Spencer

Dave Spencer is a fifth generation Rockefeller, the grandson of John D. Rockefeller III.

At age 19, he lost a leg and the use of an arm in car accident and this life-changing injury required a physical, mental and emotional adjustment to deal with the realities of his disability, while also leading him to pursue a positive, pragmatic approach to seeing the world, including his politics. Spencer is a proud bearer of the Rockefeller family’s legacy of philanthropy and political involvement and serves on the Executive Committee of the California Republican Party and is an Executive Committee Member of the No Labels Foundation. Spencer is also the founder of BayKids, a nonprofit organization that serves children facing major medical challenges through self-empowerment programs.

About No Labels

No Labels is a national movement of Democrats, Republicans and Independents dedicated to a new politics of problem solving.

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