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Melissa Dawdy
Melissa Dawdy has loved the political world since childhood, and in 2008, retired from her job as President of the Mid-Michigan Youth Symphony to devote all her time to promote Conservatism. She is a graduate of the Leadership Institute, and has worked as a campaign director, videographer, blogger, communications director, and event promoter. Most recently, she urged Steven Crowder to cover the Union protests in Lansing during the the Right to Work legislative battle, and filmed much of the fracas that ensued. She is the President of 6 Foot 2 Promotions, as well as a National Review Cruise veteran, and the primary instigator of this venture. A lifelong resident of Michigan, she spends her summers in Charlevoix.
Kathy Hoekstra
A University of Michigan graduate, Kathy spent nearly 15 years in the radio and television news broadcasting business, doing everything from sports to weather to field reporting to executive producing, with the bulk of her career at the anchor desk, all in the great Wolverine state of Michigan.

Following her on-air career, Kathy spent three years with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy where she worked as an investigative reporter, video producer and media relations coordinator. There, she helped raise the profile of the free-market think tank by expanding its media capabilities to shed even more light on the bad policies that hurt good people of our state. Among the specific topics she tackled, Michigan's ill-considered Film Subsidy program, (with a special focus on Michael Moore), both private day care and health care union schemes hatched by the Granholm administration and union cronies, Project Labor Agreements and the desperate union practice of 'Bannering'.

In January, 2012, Kathy accepted an offer as media relations director for former presidential front-runner and businessman Herman Cain, and most recently, Job Creators Network, a one-of-a-kind employer to employee education program created by Cain and Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus. When she's not busy handling media requests, news releases, events and social media outreach, she lives in Michigan with her family.

Gena Rinckey
Gena was a member of Smart Girl Politics and attended two summits with that organization in Nashville and Washington, D.C. She trained American Majority, and was a precinct delegate from 2010-2012 and went to Michigan's State Republican Convention in May of 2012 as a voting delegate in Detroit, Michigan. She was also a featured member in Smart Girl Politics' online magazine in January of 2011 and served as Michigan's state coordinator.

As an active member of the Tea Party of Grand Rapids she was a major player in a ballot initiative to provide options other than mass transit in her suburb of Grand Rapids, a bus system for which all properties in her city pay for via property taxes but also for which most residents have very little or no use. This ballot initiative regarding providing options for mass transit to reduce property taxes was the first of its kind to garner enough petition signatures to reach a ballot in Michigan history.

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