An 18-year-old Orange County college student who came under a national spotlight while defending the secret videotaping of an instructor bashing the new president can now add this to his resume: He’s the youngest state party officer in the California GOP.
Less than a year ago, Joshua Recalde-Martinez was busy making the rounds with the national media.
As president of the College Republicans at Orange Coast College, he defended the rights of a fellow Republican student threatened with suspension for secretly videotaping an instructor calling the election of Donald Trump “an act of terrorism.”
Fellow Republicans recently elected the Costa Mesa resident to serve as the party’s Associate Delegate Representative, representing hundreds of grass-roots activists, usually in their 20s, known as GOP associates.
He is the youngest in memory to ever win the post, which gives him voting rights on both the state’s GOP Executive Committee, the policy-making arm of the party, and its Platform Committee, which writes the recommended platform for the party every four years.
“It’s a huge deal,” said Fred Whitaker, chairman of the Orange County Republican Party. “He’s a true activist who has been on the ground dealing with issues.”
Recalde-Martinez started high school at age 13 and graduated in three years from the online Capistrano Connections Academy. At 16, he enrolled at Orange Coast College, where he founded a College Republicans chapter and joined the school’s student government association.
Recalde-Martinez has interned or worked as a field representative for Rep. Paul Cook, Orange County Supervisors Michelle Steel and Andrew Do, Assemblyman Matthew Harper and the conservative organization Turning Point USA. He also had a stint at In-N-Out.
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