We’re proud of Jeanette Hough, a Fairfax County resident, who ran after watching her school board members operate their own agendas. Among many controversial moves, the school board had voted 10-1 with one abstention for a new school transgender bathroom policy. (We highlighted the Fairfax County School Board’s controversial rulings last year.) She entered the 2015 county-wide school board race facing three incumbents to represent Fairfax County’s 1.1 million residents. On election day Jeanette won one of the three open spots, defeating the incumbent by 5,500 votes. Jeanette credits taking the campaign one step at a time, attending meet and greets, and utilizing social media for her campaign success. (more…)
After seeing the school board members were running their own agenda, Jeanette Hough decided it was time to make a difference and entered the 2015 county-wide school board race facing three incumbents. On election day Jeanette won one of the three open spots, defeating one incumbent by 5,500 votes. Jeanette credits taking the campaign one step at a time, attending meet and greets, and utilizing social media for her campaign success.
“I did at least three [meet and greets] a week. I filed on June 1 and ran a strong campaign for six months, even though I got in late comparable to other candidates,” said Jeanette. (more…)
Last Thanksgiving, I was in China with my wife and our brand new daughter who we had just adopted. It was a long and incredible process and we are blessed to have been able to go through it. Being in China over Thanksgiving, where I couldn’t find turkey or even mashed potatoes for our meal caused me to reflect on the many things we have to be thankful for in the United States of America.
To be honest, the thing I missed the most (other than the rest of our family) when we were in China was our freedom. Too often, Americans take for granted that we live in a country where we can criticize our government, own property, and select our leaders. With those freedoms, comes responsibility and opportunity. We have the responsibility to select good leaders, but also the opportunity to engage in the political process to ensure a better future for the next generation.
This Thanksgiving, I encourage you to give thanks for all of your blessings and to think about what you can do to defend our freedoms. 2016 is right around the corner and we will be selecting a new President, but perhaps more importantly we will be selecting our school boards, municipal leaders, county leaders, and state leaders. You have an opportunity to have a large impact on who those leaders are. So please think about what you can do to find good leaders, perhaps you should consider running yourself. At American Majority, we have the resources and training to equip those who run with effective campaign tools. Let us know if there are candidates who could use our campaign training or if you’d like to organize a training in your community. Thank you!
Five years ago liberals dominated politics in Wisconsin. Yet today Wisconsinites enjoy more freedom and carry a lower tax burden as a result of a host of conservative reforms. American Majority opened a Wisconsin chapter five years ago and began to identify and train a new generation of conservative leaders and activists who have worked tirelessly to defend their freedoms. Since that time, American Majority Wisconsin has trained 5,627 in total (4,909 activists and 718 new leaders) at nearly 200 trainings. 265 of our new leader-trainees have run for office, with 225 of them advancing out of their primaries and 58 percent winning their general. (more…)
With the first presidential debate happening tonight, it is time for conservative activists and leaders to organize and mobilize for 2016. An election critical to the direction of our country will be determined in 16 months but the first votes will be cast in less than six months.
I encourage you to think about what you can do now to make an impact. Here are my top five suggestions: (more…)
With news coming out this week that Hillary Clinton has deleted the emails from her private server, we have another reminder of how the political elite don’t want transparency and yet transparency is a bedrock of our constitutional republic. As Patrick Henry said, “The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.” (more…)
Twitter will be the 2016 Digital Battleground. In an increasingly digital world, more and more Americans spend more and more hours on social media. Campaigns are increasing their digital presence to interact with voters where they spend the most time. When you examine the people who are on social media, you find that they are voters. In fact, 88% of social media users are registered voters. (more…)
15 American Majority Trained New Leaders Win
American Majority Helps Change the Shape of State and Local Government
Mequon,WI- Following last night’s Fall Election, 15 American Majority Trained New Leaders were elected. Congratulations to all of the winners on well run campaigns. The following New Leaders won their offices for the first time: (more…)
The media narrative of the Establishment versus Tea Party in Republican primaries misses what is really happening. The Tea Party movement has morphed from staging rallies to direct action and is learning in every campaign cycle. Take Wisconsin for example. In Wisconsin, the Tea Party knocked off 35-year Congressional incumbent Tom Petri by forcing a primary. Rep. Tom Petri decided not to run for re-election rather than face a serious Tea Party backed primary challenger this fall. Make no mistake, the Tea Party is winning in Wisconsin, but the media won’t tell you that.
The Tea Party in Wisconsin has been battle-tested and forced into organizing through Wisconsin’s protests and recalls. Because of its efforts, many credit the Tea Party for significantly helping Gov. Scott Walker to become the first governor in US history to defeat a recall and in the meantime increasing his win margin from his initial 2010 election. The Left unknowingly provided the Wisconsin Tea Party groups with opportunities to mature and become a more powerful political force.
American Majority Helps Change the Shape of Local Boards
Mequon,WI- Over the last several months, American Majority Wisconsin staff has been training new local leaders across the state who then decided to take the challenge and run for office. After yesterday’s primary election, all 66 of these American Majority trained leaders have advanced to the general election on April 1. (more…)
One of the issues affecting communities across the nation is the Common Core State Standards. (CCSS). Opposition to the CCSS has grown significantly in 2013. Several states have de-funded implementation and made other attempts to back away from CCSS. In Wisconsin, local school boards are now leading efforts to push back against federal intervention in the local education system. Two weeks ago, the Germantown School Board became the first in Wisconsin to oppose the adoption of CCSS.
What prompts everyday Americans citizens to run for office to better their communities? For Deanna Alexander, a mother of two in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, it happened when she attended her first Neighborhood Watch meeting and heard about an opening on the Milwaukee County Board and saw no one else was interested.
Deanna had decided that she wanted to make a difference in her area and was contemplating her career trajectory as an accountant at a CPA firm. She sought out the Neighborhood Watch meeting as a way to get more involved in her community. On learning that there was an open seat for a local, non-partisan, public office, she got that feeling in the pit of her stomach that this was going to be an exciting leap for her to make. When she told her husband about her desire to possibly run for public office, he said “You are crazy,” but as they both thought more about it, she realized “This is exactly what I want to do.”
In 2011 and 2012, Wisconsin had two rounds of recall elections, first for state senators over collective bargaining reforms and fleeing the state, and then for Gov. Walker along with more state senators. While the recall elections are over (for now), the impact of the Left’s overreach is still being felt. 29 judges signed recall petitions and immediately felt the heat for doing so. Joe Voiland was inspired to run for judge when he saw that his circuit court judge has signed a recall petition. On Tuesday, Joe resoundingly won his election for Ozaukee County Circuit Court Judge 63%-37%, joining 8 other American Majority trained candidates who won.
The Wisconsin Conservative Leadership Conference (WCLC) brought together many Tea Party groups, national conservative groups, leaders, and students from across Wisconsin. The 8th annual conference was the largest in its history, with more than 200 people attending to learn how to be active in politics in 2013 and beyond. The Wisconsin Conservative Leadership Coalition hosted the conference.