Local student a ‘Red Alert’ finalist


BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon-Upshur High School grad and WVU sophomore is a finalist for Red Alert Politics 30 Under 30 award.

Kaitlynn Critchfield said she was nominated by a few different people that she knows in the political field.

“Anyone can get nominated,” she said. “Red Alert Politics then selected me as a finalist. At the end of the competition, they pick 30 people who have shown a lot of success in the political field and seem to be an up and coming person on the right side of the political field.”

Critchfield is one of 50 people selected as a finalist – 10 will be chosen by a vote of the people and the remaining 20 slots will be filled by judges.

During the readers’ choice voting, which runs until Oct. 6, the public can log on to www.redalertpolitics.com and vote.

Critchfield is majoring in strategic communications with an emphasis in public relations and pursuing a minor in journalism.

She began getting involved in local, statewide and national political arenas while in high school. Critchfield was the Upshur County campaign chair for Sen. Greg Boso, R-Nicholas, volunteered and filed as an RNC Delegate at large for presidential candidate Jeb Bush and phone banked and recruited volunteers for Bill Cole’s gubernatorial campaign.

The bio included on Red Alert Politics also notes, “Kaitlynn has fought not just in the political arena, but in the policy arena. She has worked tirelessly to address the issue of illiteracy in her small town in West Virginia. She has attended countless local city council and county commission meetings in order to ensure conservative points of view were being addressed.”

Critchfield also spoke as part of a panel to teenagers and representatives from across West Virginia and spoke about why “Right to Work is Right for West Virginia.”

She also served as member of the national model United Nations where she used her platform to teach and espouse conservative viewpoints on hot button issues to students around the world.

Critchfield became involved with Turning Point-USA, College Republicans and started her own chapter of EmPOWERed.

She has written for The College Fix and Red Alert Politics. Recently, Critchfield accepted a positon as the EmPOWERed editor-in-chief which educates women to take advantage of the second amendment.

Critchfield has been nominated amongst several friends of hers including Aaron Pilkington, a member of the legislature in Arkansas and Antonia Ukafor, her friend and boss at EmPOWERed.

“It would be a huge honor to actually win one of the top 30 positions,” she said.

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