Despite local politics being one of the most influential parts of our political system, it seems to be one of the most overlooked areas of political involvement. Typically, everyone’s focus is turned solely toward the national stage due to the prominence of the presidential and congressional elections. Dan Schultz is looking to change that with the Precinct Strategy.
Schultz is an attorney and a precinct and state committeeman with the Arizona Republican Party. He founded the Precinct Strategy as a means for regular Americans to have a voice and influence the political system.
His passion for political involvement started in his seventh-grade social studies class when he learned about how the two-party system works.
“Our teacher explained he was giving us the knowledge necessary for ‘we the people’ to take back control of our government…peacefully at the ballot box with real political action by uniting and organizing ‘inside’ a political party to elect the best people,” said Schultz in an email.
The Precinct Strategy aims to empower citizens to get involved in their local government and represent the voters of their community to the Republican Party through becoming precinct committeemen and women.
Precinct committeemen (PC’s) have been labeled as “the most powerful office in the world” because of how close they are to voters. The PC is an elected official whose role is to elect district, state, and county party officers. They also vote on delegates to the presidential convention and the RNC.
The Precinct Strategy has three main goals: 1) influence the policies and direction of the Republican Party, 2) decide who represents the party when running for office, and 3) electing representatives to the party who will “truly represent the people.”
Schultz has committed to recruiting more PCs to the movement, especially after the 2020 election. According to him, exercising our First Amendment rights is not enough to steer the country off its current path.
“We [as conservatives] need to learn how to effectively use the ballot box,” said Schultz.
He’s right. The Biden Administration is implementing policies that are doing nothing but damaging the country. Pushing back and ensuring that they are stopped requires people who are willing to step up and work to create change across local levels, which will hopefully create change at the national level.
The Precinct Strategy is about reminding Americans that they have power over the government, and they can change it if they don’t approve of it. It’s already having success in some areas of the country. Legislative District 15 in Arizona, Maricopa County, recently saw a surge of Trump supporters being elected in their precinct; so many that they successfully ousted the original committeemen.
Palm Beach, FL is also showing similar results. According to Committeeman Tom Vaughn, there have been 78 new members inducted in the last 2 months, with many more applications flowing in. Like AZ, many of these new PCs are Trump supporters. He says that currently there are 290 committeemen and he hopes to increase that number to 600.
The Precinct Strategy is showing people that their voice matters and that they can have just as much of an impact in the Republican Party as politicians or other influential figures. The grassroots movement that is occurring is unlike anything that has been seen in recent years. This should give the Republican Party hope. With the people finally realizing that they can be the ones steering the ship, the Republican Party will be able to continue the fight for the policies its supporters want.
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