An Alabamian leads the way as GOP increases outreach to black voters

It is with great honor that I share this article by Alex Pappas, that appeared in the Birmingham News about my friend Kristal Quarker Hartsfield. She is brilliant, dynamic, and tough enough for the very difficult job that she has been asked to manage. Kristal is an Alabama Original!!!
Kristal Quarker Hartsfield leads the national Republican effort to draw more African-Americans into the party. (By Alex Pappas for

By Alex Pappas | Correspondent 


WASHINGTON — Where did Kristal Quarker Hartsfield get her political views?

It’s a question the 32-year-old native Alabamian says she gets often.

“My family has been Republican since emancipation,” she replies.

Her job is to show fellow African-Americans — 93 percent of whom voted for Barack Obama in 2012 — that they have more in common with Republicans than they might think.

As the Republican National Committee ramps up outreach efforts to African-Americans, the responsibility of implementing that strategy heading in to the 2014 elections falls to Quarker Hartsfield.  FULL STORY