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BE HEARD! and #StudentVoicesCount Live Event

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BE HEARD! partnered with #StudentVoicesCount to broadcast live from the University of Colorado campus during the Republican Debate on October 28, 2015.

The live stream featured a student-led Discussion Panel on issues facing today’s generation.  The second hour featured special guests and interaction with student in attendance and those across the country.  BE HEARD’s mission is to engage the general populace in an important event for our nation, the 2016 Election. The show streamed live and was watched all over the world.

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Alex Smith

Alex Smith is the National Chairman of the College Republican National Committee. Prior to being elected as National Co-Chairman for the 2012 cycle, she served as Chairman of the D.C. Federation of College Republicans.

In 2014, she was named as an RNC “Rising Star” and was the recipient of the RNC’s Jeane Kirkpatrick Award. She was also featured on Red Alert Politics’ “Thirty Under Thirty” list of up-and-coming young, conservative leaders.

Smith has appeared on the Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and CNN on programs such as “The O’Reilly Factor,” “The Kelly File,” “Your World With Neil Cavuto,” and “The Rundown with Jose Diaz-Balart,” as well as in print in The Wall Street Journal and POLITICO. She is an alumna of The Catholic University of America, where she graduated from the University Honors Program magna cum laude, and of Seton Hall University School of Law. She is an attorney licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Martin O'Malley

Martin O’Malley

Martin O’Malley was the 61st Governor of Maryland, from 2007 to 2015. Prior to being elected as Governor, he served as the Mayor of Baltimore from 1999 to 2007 and was a Baltimore City Councilor from 1991 to 1999. O’Malley publicly announced his candidacy in the 2016 presidential election on May 30, 2015, in Baltimore, Maryland, and filed his candidacy form seeking the Democratic Party nomination with the Federal Election Commission on May 29, 2015.

Morgan Young

Morgan Young

Morgan Young is Vice Chair of External Communications and Community Engagement for Boulder County Democrats. He is the principal at Young Ideas and has written, directed, and produced countless television, radio, and print commercials for clients such as Visa, General Motors, Poland Springs Water, CBS, AstraZeneca, Kinder Morgan, The New Republic, the Renewable Fuels Association, the National Association of Realtors, Purdue Pharma, and Nestle Water. He’s run over 25 ballot initiatives from California to Maine, winning a lion’s share of those campaigns.

Scott Schaefer

Scott Schaefer

Scott Schaefer is the former Vice Chair of the Boulder County Republicans. He is a graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies, a study in the founding principles of liberty and how they provide the best approach toward solving our country’s current challenges. He served as the Vice Chairman of the Boulder Country Republican Party for 5 years up to 2015. He and has been a guest on Grass Roots Radio, chaired political panels at the Conference on World Affairs at CU, and has appeared as a speaker and panelist on political subjects at various local venues.

Jill Ellen Stein

Jill Ellen Stein

Jill Ellen Stein is an American physician who was the nominee of the Green Party for President of the United States in the 2012 election. Stein was a candidate for Governor of Massachusetts in the 2002 and the 2010 gubernatorial elections. Stein is a resident of Lexington, Massachusetts. In February 2015, Stein announced the formation of an exploratory committee to seek the Green Party’s presidential nomination in the 2016 U.S. election.[10] On June 22, 2015, during an appearance on Democracy Now!, Stein formally announced she would seek the Green Party’s 2016 presidential nomination.

Jared Polis

Jared Polis

Jared Polis is a Democrat and the member of the United States House of Representatives for Colorado’s 2nd congressional district, serving since 2009. He is a former member of the Colorado State Board of Education.

Student Panelists


Aaron Estevez-Miller

#StudentVoicesCount Coordinator, CU Boulder, Economics and International Affairs, Senior

Aaron’s interest in politics was galvanized by an internship he completed at the U.S. Senate in 2014. Not long before then, Aaron planned to become a nuclear engineer, a far cry from his current path. As such, Aaron personally understands the transformative impact a meaningful political experience can have. He is motivated by his desire to ensure as many of his peers have the same opportunity to experience American democracy as he did. After college, Aaron will obtain his masters in Finance and re-enter the political realm.


James Casey

#StudentVoicesCount Advocate, CU Boulder, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Junior

James has lived all across the nation; Louisiana, North Carolina, New York, Texas, and Colorado. He joined the Army as a combat medic, went to basic two weeks after graduating high school, and served an entire year tour in Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division before turning 20. At the age of 22, he came to CU to continue his dream of being a doctor. He also co-founded CU’s Psychedelic Club and has become more involved in the political process as a conservative in a liberal community. He has served his country, lived across it, known its people, and is currently trying to make it a better place.


William Raley

#StudentVoicesCount Advocate, CU Boulder, Architecture, Senior

Will was born and raised in Houston, Texas. This movement is his first foray into the political realm, and he’s intrinsically satisfied that the fruits of his labor are having a positive impact. As an architecture student, he’s a firm believer that the way we construct our environment has a massive effect on the way we live our lives. After college, he would love to pursue the building of excellent places to better allow for excellent lives to be lived.

Brooke Fox

Brooke Fox

USA Today Collegiate Correspondent, CU Boulder, Finance and English, Senior

Brooke will graduate from the University of Colorado at Boulder in May 2016 with dual degrees in Business (concentrating in Finance) and English (concentrating in Literature). Brooke is a reporter for USA Today College and has written for the Colorado Business Review and The Odyssey, She has also appeared on KCUR’s Up to Date and FOX 4 Kansas City.


Michael McGrady

Contributor to Red Alert Politics, CU Colorado Springs, Political Science, Sophomore/Junior

Michael McGrady is a conservative college journalist. He has been featured in The Denver Post, The Washington Examiner, and The Hill. His work has also appeared online on numerous sites including: Red Alert Politics, Tremr.com, Campus Reform, The College Fix, and The College Conservative. Michael has also worked on many political campaigns and in government.

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