Local Republican refuses to be armchair critic | TheUnion.com

Local Republican refuses to be armchair critic

Kim Pruett is a young Republican who believes in actively helping her party, instead of being an armchair critic.

Pruett, 39, is the chairwoman of the Nevada County John McCain presidential campaign. She plans to attend the national convention in Minneapolis at the end of August as an alternate delegate from California, she said.

“I want to make a difference,” Pruett said. “As a citizen, I can either sit back and watch things happen on TV, or I can get people to vote and help our country.”

Pruett also is a member of the Nevada County Republican Women Federated and the Nevada County Republican Central Committee, she said.

As the head of the local McCain campaign, Pruett’s primary duties include setting up a campaign headquarters in Nevada County, arranging volunteers to help with the campaign and getting the vote out, she said.

“I have to put in at least six to eight hours of work a day,” Pruett said.

Pruett and her husband, Barry Pruett, 38, are both from Republican families.

“I want less taxes, less government and I’m pro-life,” Pruett said, explaining why she has remained a staunch supporter of the Republican party over the years.

“I believe John McCain is the best person to lead the country because he’s an American hero,” Pruett said. “He’s got a great, pro-life record … which is something I strongly believe in. I think he can reach across the aisle and work with both Democrats and Republicans, which is crucial right now. He’s also trying to fight corruption in Washington.”

Pruett lauded McCain’s stance on the war.

“I think the surge is working and things are getting better in Iraq,” she said. “I don’t think John McCain is getting the coverage he deserves from the media.”

Pruett lives in Alta Sierra and works part-time for Gold Country Gymnastics in Grass Valley, she said. Her husband is a lawyer with the Shafer Law Group in Auburn. They have two daughters, Lilly, 10, and Maggie, 6.

To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail ssen@theunion.com or call 477-4229.

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