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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The newly formed Connecticut Black Republicans and Conservatives is launching a new urban outreach effort in the state’s Democratic strongholds.

Regina Roundtree, founder of the organization, said she wants to help the GOP build a better urban agenda. She said the Republican Party “really hasn’t done anything” to encourage urban and minority voters to support its candidates.

The effort includes targeting urban communities, creating team captains and attending community meetings, such as boards of education. The plan also includes mentoring potential urban candidates who support Republican ideals and promoting consultants with urban affairs strategies.
Roundtree’s group had planned to launch its outreach effort on Monday, Martin Luther King Day, at the state Capitol. She said Senate Minority Leader John McKinney and other lawmakers are expected to be on hand.

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