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The Advocate
The Advocate

Chelsi Henry doesn’t view herself as a politico; she's an advocate. 

“I’ve always had an interest in being able to serve others and be an advocate for others.  Since I was a young girl, I knew that I wanted to be an attorney and be able to use my skills to help people in the public sector,” said Chelsi.

And she has definitely succeeded.

Chelsi uses her voice to advocate for others through prayer, entrepreneurship, and political involvement.  Chelsi stays busy promoting conservative values within...

Sutton's Place Returns
Sutton's Place Returns

Labor Day marks the end of summer and the return of many special American traditions...children return to school, the football season begins, leaves change color...and Sutton's Place returns from an extended summer hiatus.

The political season is upon us as well.  Rather than an occasional commentary every week or two, Sutton's Place will be very active during the next several weeks.  So expect to see more frequent observations and opinions (at least through Election Day).

Let's start with a discussion of the relatively obscure Democrat primary for Governor in Rhode Island.  Who thought RI's Dem primary would hold a valuable lesson for conservatives?

Check out this op-ed from the Washington Post.  It details the candidacy (and victory) of Gina Raimondo who championed an aggressive restructuring of public sector employee union pensions in RI.

You may recall the attempt to recall Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin, an important campaign which drew our attention.  But on the same day that recall attempt failed, there were two very important referendums in California that deserved our attention as well.

Biggest Upset Since 1899
Biggest Upset Since 1899

Campaign Manager Zachery Werrell orchestrated one of the greatest upsets in political history at the age of 23.  

Despite being outspent nearly 40 to 1, Zach’s candidate Dave Brat defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor with 56% of the vote in the Republican primary.  This was the first time a sitting House Majority Leader has been defeated since the position was created in 1899.

His success is thanks to an overwhelming grassroots campaign and effective political activists. 

“It wasn’t some establishment machine kind of political campaign, but it was the people doing it,” he said.

Zach credits most of the techniques he used to pull off this upset to his Leadership Institute training.

“There is nothing like baptism through fire to fully appreciate...

Fresh Voice in FL as 23-Year-Old Woman Takes Office
Fresh Voice in FL as 23-Year-Old Woman Takes Office

At only 23 years old, Jennifer Sullivan just won her election and became the youngest woman ever elected to the Florida legislature.  Jennifer’s fresh face will join the Florida House of Representatives in January.

Last week, Jennifer won the Florida House District 31 seat, despite being criticized and outspent by the opposition.  Opponents ran ads critiquing her for being “too young” and “lacking experience.”  She also recalls being outspent by 2-1 or 3-1 depending on the candidate, but that wasn’t enough to stop Jennifer Sullivan.

“Part of that was really just putting myself out there, and doing the hard work of making those cold calls, being willing to sit down and call people to ask for money,” Jennifer said.

Jennifer was motivated to run for office because she couldn’t sit back and watch the country fall apart any longer.

October
02
LI Happy Hour

Location: Arlington, VA

04 - 05
Youth Leadership School

Location: Indianapolis, IN

08
Debate Workshop

Location: Arlington, VA

11 - 12
Youth Leadership School

Location: Nashville, TN

11 - 12
Youth Leadership School

Location: Duluth, MN

16
Television Workshop, On-Camera

Location: Arlington, VA

18 - 19
Youth Leadership School

Location: Albany, NY

18 - 19
Youth Leadership School

Location: Seattle, WA

21 - 23
Public Relations School

Location: Arlington, VA

27
Online Activist School: Social Media

Location: Arlington, VA

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