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Devin Camacho, 19, picked to lead Otero Republicans

February 13, 2017 Updated: February 13, 2017 at 2:36 pm
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photo - Devin Camacho (Photo via Otero County Republicans)
Devin Camacho (Photo via Otero County Republicans) 

Remember this name: Devin Camacho.

He was elected chairman of the Otero County Republican Party last week. He is 19 years old.

"Devin has an amazing future ahead of him, and it pleases me to see the diversity in leadership within the GOP," said state Rep. Clarice Navarro, who picked Camacho to manage her re-election campaign last year, which she won by 19 points, after he interned for her at the Capitol.

"Devin is an outstanding staff member, and it is obvious he has a very bright future. I'm honored to see Otero County has picked a young Latino conservative as their leader. He will do a fantastic job for Otero County, and he always represents southern Colorado well. I'm lucky to have him on my staff, and Otero County is lucky to have him has their chair."

Camacho was the field organizer in southeast Colorado for the state GOP last year. He grew up in Swink and graduated with honors from Otero Junior College last year. He is studying political science at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Camacho is the youngest serving county Republican chairman, but a few years ago neighboring Bent County had a 19-year-old county chairman who did quite well for himself. Maybe you've heard of him: Dick Wadhams, the former state party chairman who is a political adviser to Republican candidates nationwide.

"Inspiring impressive new, young leaders like Devin is another indication of the increasing leadership role Clarice is playing in building the Colorado Republican Party," Wadhams said of Camacho and Navarro.

"Devin's election is a little more impressive than when I was elected in 1975 in the aftermath of the Watergate election. Only five of us showed up for the Bent County Republican Central Committee meeting, and none of the four veterans wanted the job. So when a voice vote was called to elect the new guy as chairman, only three of us said aye, two were silent. So I guess I beat none of the above 3-2."

Wadhams said Camacho has a marvelous chance, "and I'm sure Devin will be just as appreciative of the opportunity as I was."

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