Sue Hardenbergh Employs Political Activist Strategies
“I truly knew nothing about politics.”
Sue Hardenbergh was a stay-at-home mom from Ohio. The most she had ever done politically was hand out a few flyers and attend a rally. But equipped with what she had learned from reading about liberty and the Constitution, Hardenberg began to put feet to her beliefs. Hardenberg moved from overseeing administrative details at the local Anderson Tea Party to serving as her precinct’s committeewoman. “Soon, little-by-little, I took on more and more,” she says.
After attending an American Majority activist training and discovering “many of the mechanics behind having a local impact,” Hardenberg helped her team create and distribute over 12,000 newsletters door-to-door during a local election cycle.
Last year, they helped elect a new congressman who replaced a well-established incumbent. Thanks to grassroots efforts and successful organizing, Hardenberg and her team were successful. “It was a huge undertaking,” according to Sue, but it paid off.
Like many conservative Americans who are beginning to take action, Hardenberg realized that it’s not only doable, but necessary. “My father’s generation fought at Iwo Jima, and I’m worried about going out on a Tuesday night to a meeting? A small sacrifice to make to preserve the battle we’ve already won.”
Though Hardenberg does not plan to pursue public office in the future, she is grateful for what American Majority has taught her about campaigning through personal touch. “If you can get in touch with the voters, then you don’t need to spend money chasing them down and touching any more.” Hardenberg employed successful grassroots organizing techniques, getting the word out by walking door-to-door to talk to people. “That’s really what it’s about – the voter.”