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Grassroots Activism and Precinct Leadership Workshop - Jefferson County

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What you will learn

"8. You can't beat a plan with no plan." - Morton Blackwell, Laws of the Public Policy Process

Most elections are lost not because of lack of time, talent, or treasure, but how they executed the resources they had. Are you prepared for the next round of elections? What is your plan to recruit volunteers? To organize your area? To turn out the vote?

This Grassroots Activism and Leadership Workshop will quickly teach you the tools you need to make a winning plan for your campaigns.

Ideal attendees for the Grassroots Activism and Leadership Workshop are volunteers, current and potential precinct chairs, elected officials, current or future candidates for political office, campaign operatives, and party officials.

Attendees will learn how to:
• Recruit and manage volunteers
• Organize precincts for voter contact
• Effectively get people to answer the door
• Turn out their voters

This past spring and summer, the Leadership Institute hosted a series of campaign schools across the state of Texas. This workshop is a continuation of that educational series. The content is different than the previous class. While the focus is for volunteer and precinct leaders, it is also useful for campaign staffers and party members. Attendees did not have to attend the previous school to benefit from this training. All are welcome.

For the full list of dates and locations for the LI Texas Tour, visit


Starts Thursday, November 14

Thu 14:   5:30 PM - 9:30 PM


Marion & Ed Hughes Library
2712 Nederland Ave
Nederland, TX 77627 Map




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What graduates say

Daniel Crenshaw

Daniel Crenshaw

U.S. Representative (TX-02)

"The Leadership Institute made it possible for me to learn how to run a campaign, how to craft my message, how to speak effectively in public, and how to handle the media.

Above all, I learned how to win.

Today, I stand in a long line of conservative leaders who owe a debt of gratitude to Morton Blackwell and to the Leadership Institute.


Melanie Grammar

Melanie Grammar

“This is the best training I have ever gone to (political or professional) over all the years I have been involved. People need to understand what a big deal this is." -

Melanie Grammar, Fannin County Chairwoman, Rockwell County Campaign School

Ryan Rhodes

Ryan Rhodes

Founder, Iowa Tea Party

"I can't forget who gave me the tools. Keep up the great work at LI. We can't save our country without the Leadership Institute!"

Your faculty

Josh Wilson

Josh Wilson

Josh Wilson is a Grassroots Programs Coordinator at the Leadership Institute where he works to train conservative activists across the country. Hailing from Iowa, the first in the nation caucus state, Wilson is no stranger to politics.

Wilson previously served in former Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad (now U.S. Ambassador to China) and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds' administration as the Public Liaison to the Governor. In 2014, Wilson was hired by former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina as an advisor to her Unlocking Potential PAC, which focused on engaging more women in politics and played a major role in electing Iowa's first female U.S. Senator, Joni Ernst. Most recently, Wilson worked for the Iowa House Majority Fund where he managed multiple Statehouse races throughout Iowa.

In the non-profit field, Wilson advised Generation Opportunity, an organization committed to helping young people improve their lives and ONE, an advocacy group that works to end extreme poverty around the world. Additionally, Wilson served as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society coordinating several of the organizations' Relay for Life events. He has been a strong advocate for the cause since losing his mother to breast cancer in 2008.

Wilson is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa where he earned a bachelor's degree in Political Communication and a certificate in State and Local Government. Wilson has also successfully passed the U.S. Foreign Service Officer Exam. When not working, he enjoys traveling, both internationally and domestically.

Wilson resides in Arlington, VA.