Friday, February 20, 2015

Kelly Mitchell Seeks Another Term As MIGOP Outreach Chair

Kelly Mitchell Attends Gov. Snyders SOTS Speech in January

 By Brandon Hall   
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Kelly Mitchell is running unopposed for another term as MI GOP Outreach Vice-Chair. She took some time to answer some questions about her position, the May 5th road package vote, and more.

Why are you running?

My most significant accomplishment is developing the will to give through volunteerism.

Eventually over the years it was the Republican Party volunteerism and practices that I believed would make a difference to improve the quality of life for all Americans. Today I stand tall as a disciple of volunteerism. I’m running to continue my journey in public service for the Michigan Republican Party and contribute of a government that is responsive, fair and just.

Describe yourself

As it relates to my political activism, I am reminded of the beginning of my volunteerism in the Republican Party and the party process and what I have come to believe to be my most significant contribution from which others may benefit. I’m convinced that there is a teachable and learning moment in all of this. Without a doubt, I am convinced and committed to the proposition that there is something noble and profound about volunteerism.

What experience do you have?

Political Experience:

 Outreach Vice Chair / Incumbent

 State Committee Member

 3rd District Executive Committee Member

 54th Precinct Delegate and Leader 2008-present / Kent County

 MRP Grassroots Leadership Award (2015)

 Women for Terri Land for Senate (2014)

 Women for Ruth Johnson (2014)

 Michigan Excellence in Public Service Series (MEEPS 2013)

 RNC National Committee Michigan Black Advisory Council (2013)

 Women for Mitt Coalition (2012)

 3rd District Electoral College (2012)

 Kent County Heart of the Neighborhood

 Former Legislative Intern (Former Rep. Marty Knollenberg)

 Teenage Young Republican

What do you want delegates to know about you?

I am not simply a follower moving in the direction of the wind. I make my decisions on what I see as fact and what I believe to be the truth. It has been the Republican Party’s platform that has enabled me, empowered me and redeemed me in times of overwhelming criticism and uncertainty from Democrats, Unions and People of Color.

Position on May 5th road tax package and why?

We need to find the revenues to support good roads and bridges to inspire and encourage new business development in Michigan. If we don’t do it now we will have to do it later. This is for the next generation who will use and benefit from these investments.

Views on how the migop should choose its 2016 nominee?

At a time when confidence in the voting process is low any change in the process could frustrate the voter.

What is the role of your position?

In short initiate and engage in all activities necessary to deliver the Republican message.

Why are you be the best choice?

I was fortunate to have begun my political activism as a teenager right here in this great state of Michigan! I care and I’m passionate about this state and our cause. I have the concrete experience and active experimentation it takes to lead as Outreach Vice Chair with confidence.

What are your ideas and plan for the future?

I have some exciting things planned for the next two years. I was able to initiate and engage in the first annual Republican Women’s Forum featuring Mia Love this past August at our state convention in Novi. The purpose of the Women’s Forum is to highlight and promote the importance of women in leadership positions within the Republican Party.

We have all heard the stories about how difficult it is to get women at the political table. Among other things, it is my plan when re-elected to improve on the effectiveness and sustainability of the forum for many years into the future by inviting similar exciting speakers to each succeeding annual even.

Anything you’d like delegates to know?

I believe it is important to support the platform because it is the platform that sustains the vision, beliefs and ideals that bond like-minded people together from generations to generations. Another important aspect of the platform is that it defines a course of action that challenges Democrats when the country is headed in the wrong direction.

Where can they go for more information?

Cell: 616-862-5526


Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics. >>>Email him at 

Photo By Darlene Dowling Thompson

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