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 and out of the political arena.  She has started three businesses and organizations aimed at raising up and empowering others.  Chelsi supports homeless and women’s shelters with her business CP Couture.  She fosters a supportive, praying online community for others through her website  On top of all that, or possibly because of her service, you'll find Chelsi on the 30 Under 30 list for 2014 and nominated as an RNC rising star.

Back when she attended the University of North Florida, Chelsi led as part of her student government, and also had the opportunity to learn about farming communities while she studied in Belgium. 

“Campuses are mini-incubators of what goes on in politics,” she said, explaining her decision to run for Supervisor of the Duval County Soil and Water Conservation district.  

During her run for office, Chelsi came across the Leadership Institute. 

“The Leadership Institute is an amazing organization that provides valuable information to citizens that want to have a more active role in the political and public policy process.  LI trains you to be an effective leader!” she said.

Chelsi participated in LI’s Communications and GOTV Workshop as well as the Grassroots Campaign Workshop.

“Never give up an opportunity to learn from the experts at the Leadership Institute,” said Chelsi.  “The workshops were very informative.  Both provided an in-depth understanding of how grassroots and communications function in a political campaign.  It was great for me because I had recently run my own citywide campaign and learned different strategies I could use in future campaigns,” she said. 

Duval County voters elected Chelsi in 2010 and made her Jacksonville’s youngest elected woman.  During her time in office, Chelsi focused on natural resources conservation education and awareness.

“Let your passion lead you,” Chelsi said.  And she does. 

Chelsi’s professional success and personal achievements speak volumes for what a young person can achieve when she seeks out experience and training to further the conservative movement - to make a difference in the lives of others.  

Please congratulate Chelsi P. Henry for receiving LI’s Conservative Leader Award.

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