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Confirmed Speaker: Apostle Claver Kamau-Imani

Last but not least of our posted biographies of conference speakers is Apostle Claver of Raging Elephants.  Claver will speak in the afternoon at the Maryland CAN networking conference (agenda) and then immediately following the main conference he will be conducting a free workshop (at the DoubleTree Hotel) for anyone wishing to learn more and receive training in Conversion Politics.

What is Conversion Politics?  Kathy Fuller, Raging Elephants Maryland Field Director, gives us this definition:

“To find those voters who hold conservative values but don’t vote conservatively, then reach out to show them how their vote conflicts with their values.”

Biography

Apostle Claver Kamau-Imani is the founder and chairman of RagingElephants.org. The PAC was created to be an advocate for conservative-libertarian social, economic and political issues, to lobby political organizations and office holders, and to educate and organize the electorate on and for conservative-libertarian ideals.

RagingElephants.org is a counterweight to liberal organizations like MoveOn, Emily’s List, ACORN and Organizing for America.

Apostle Claver Kamau-Imani is the founder and senior pastor of the Corinthian Christian Empowerment Center (CCEC) in Houston.

CCEC’s primary ministry is urban missionary work and assisted living. CCEC also has established a hospice for the poor where they may be cared for and loved in an atmosphere of dignity and true Christianity.

A graduate of Lamar University with a B.S. in mass communications, Apostle Claver grew up in Beaumont, Texas in a home bubbling with political and civil rights discussions and activity. Both of his parents were active leaders in Democratic politics, the civil rights movement, and the Missionary Baptist Church.

Currently, Apostle Claver is a member of the Republican Party, and sits on the board of directors for the Greater Houston Pachyderm Club.

Apostle Claver and RagingElephants.org has appeared or been featured on many TV and radio programs including FoxNews, CNN, the Sean Hannity Show and other radio programs from coast to coast.  Print media including the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the Houston Chronicle have reported on his leadership of Raging Elephants.

Recently named one of the “Hottest Conservative Men for 2010” by LibertyPundit.net, a competition whose judges included Ann Coulter, Apostle Claver was ranked #8 out of 75 candidates.

 

General conference information is hereAgenda is here. Confirmed speakers are here.  Printable registration form is here.  Questions are answered here.  More questions?  Our contact information is here.

Absolute last day to mail registration forms is January 3rd in order to reach us in time for the conference. If you are hearing about this conference too late for the deadline to mail forms (which was actually today, December 31), please get in touch with me at  acorco9104@aol.com and make arrangements for registration and payment.

Or, you can always just register on January 8th, but the cost is $50 at the door.

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Confirmed speaker: Kathy Afzali

Kathy Afzali’s successful 2010 campaign to represent Maryland District 4A in the State Legislature sends a message to all of us.  We can do it, we can run for elective office with no establishment backing, promote conservative values with just old fashioned hard work and get-up-and-go, and win!   That is the message newly elected State Delegate Kathy Afzali will be sending to participants at our January 8th conference.

Biography

Former Broadway actress turned businesswoman Kathy Afzali is honored to be elected Maryland State Delegate, District 4A. From her early life as an actress and producer, to her current work as President of Access KDM Consulting, Kathy’s commitment to family, community, and faith are qualities essential for 21st century leadership.

Kathy is a dynamic leader with an extensive history of success in Real Estate Investment & Pharmaceutical, Biotech, and Medical Devices industries. Her company, Access KDM, generated profitable revenue streams while opening new markets, introducing new product offerings, and enabling businesses with little to no presence to gain a competitive advantage and market share.

A graduate of Mount Saint Mary’s University (Cum Laude-Business), Kathy’s real estate, business, and volunteering experience expands over 30 years.

Her venture into politics was set in motion from her popular column that appeared in the Frederick News Post and from numerous appearances on local political television, Cable TV’s “Pressing Issues.”

Kathy lives in Middletown with her husband, David, two daughters, Mary-Kate and Annabelle, and dog Lester. She is unapologetically conservative and a proud soccer mom.

For more information, Kathy’s website is here.

General conference information is here.  Confirmed speakers are here.  Printable registration form is here.  Questions are answered here.  More questions?  Our contact information is here.

We have a press release if you need something for your group’s newsletter or for a local newspaper or radio station, here.

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Confirmed speaker: Dr. Andy Harris

Elected in November in a tough-fought race for Maryland’s 1st Congressional District, Dr. Harris becomes Maryland’s second Republican Representative in the US Congress.  Maryland has eight Congressional Districts and Harris now joins Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (6th District) as the lone Republicans.  Just a reminder, Members of the House are elected for two years and Senator Cardin’s term is up in 2012 as well, so we have lots of Democratic seats to shoot for in Maryland in the Presidential year.   By the way, here is a list of all those who will be in the 112th Congress.

Biography

Andy Harris has a unique understanding of freedom. His parents fled Communist invasion after World War Two, joining hundreds of thousands of other refugees fleeing the totalitarian Soviet regime. Like so many others, they saw America as President Reagan’s “shining city on a hill”, and came here to build a new life with literally nothing more than the clothes on their backs.

Since then, Andy has devoted his life to hard work, giving back, and fighting to preserve the freedoms envisioned by our founders and framed in our constitution. Andy served 17 years in the United States Naval Reserve, including active duty during Desert Storm. He served as Commanding Officer of the Johns Hopkins Naval Reserve Medical Unit, and is a member of the American Legion. He achieved the rank of Commander.

As a State Senator for 12 years, Andy has been a proven fighter for less government and more freedom. He signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge 12 years ago and kept his word. He has consistently stood with Maryland families against more government and higher taxes.

He stands squarely with Maryland families for a balanced budget and less spending, deficits and debt. As a physician, Andy has the experience to understand the complexities of health care reform and yet the common sense to know a government takeover won’t work. He always supports our veterans, seniors, gun owners and sportsmen, and the unborn.

In his campaign for Congress this year, Andy has won the endorsement of many Republican officials in the First District, as well as placement in the National Republican Congressional Committee’s coveted Young Guns program.

Andy and his wife Cookie have been married for 30 years and have five children. They are active members of St. Joseph’s Church. Andy is a practicing physician at several hospitals on the Eastern Shore, as well as at Johns Hopkins, where he also received his undergraduate and medical degrees.

For more information, Dr. Harris’ campaign website is here.

General conference information is here.  Confirmed speakers are here.  Printable registration form is here.  Questions are answered here.  More questions?  Our contact information is here.

We have a press release if you need something for your group’s newsletter or for a local newspaper or radio station, here.

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Confirmed Speaker: Sheriff Chuck Jenkins

For grassroots immigration control advocates in Maryland, Sheriff Chuck Jenkins of Frederick County has become a hero.  His is the only law enforcement agency in the state of Maryland to partner with the federal government in a program known as 287 g which if applied across the entire state would go a long way to dispel Maryland’s reputation as a sanctuary state.

A firm believer that change begins at the local level, Sheriff Jenkins will tell us how the State government will eventually listen when a groundswell comes from local activists and local communities first. 

Biography

Sheriff Charles A. “Chuck” Jenkins was elected to the Office of Sheriff in 2006, but his law enforcement career began with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office in 1990. After attending the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Academy, Chuck was assigned to the Patrol Division for 3 years. In 1993, he was assigned to criminal investigations, and having a passion for handling investigations, he conducted many high profile cases as a criminal investigator until 2006. During that time, Chuck also served as a crisis negotiator and firearms instructor.

Sheriff Jenkins was born and raised in Frederick County where he continues to live with his wife Shari and children, CJ and Meghan. He is very active in the local community as a member of numerous groups to include the Lewistown Volunteer Fire Department, Lewistown Ruritan Club, Frederick County Farm Bureau, National Rifle Association, and Monocacy Pistol Club of Frederick.

For more information, here is the Frederick County, MD, Sheriff’s department official website.

 

General conference information is here.  Confirmed speakers are here.  Printable registration form is here.  Questions are answered here.  More questions?  Our contact information is here.

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Confirmed speaker: Mark Jascewsky

One of the most important things Tonya Tiffany, Cathy Trauernicht and I had in common when we first began planning this conference is that we had all observed in our first political campaigns this past fall that precinct organizing by conservatives in Maryland was in many places non-existent.  So, we are very happy to report that Mark Jascewsky an experienced precinct organizer, has agreed to lead a discussion on that topic on January 8th.  We are determined to be ready next time!

Biography

Mark A. Jascewsky is originally from the Chicago area, and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1989 with an engineering degree.  Mark has lived in Howard County, MD since 1989. A lifelong Republican, he has been involved in Maryland politics since the early 1990’s and worked on gubernatorial campaigns for Ellen Sauerbrey and Robert Ehrlich. In 2010, Mark was the Howard County director of the Bob Ehrlich campaign.  He also worked on all Presidential campaigns since Bob Dole’s in 1996.

Mark served as President of the Howard County GOP Club in 1992 helping the defunct club come back to life, and has served in other capacities for the club including as membership chairman from 1993 until today.  For two years he served on the Howard County Central Committee.   Currently, Mark is the Precinct Director for the Howard County Republican Precinct Organization.

In 2009 Mark Jascewsky received the Howard County Republican of the year award.  And, in 2010, he was the first recipient of the GOP Club’s “General’s Award” to be awarded annually to the most active member of the club.

Mark and his wife Kathy have been married for 20 years and have three children ages 6-12.

You may reach Mark at onesock67@hotmail.com

General conference information is here.  Confirmed speakers are here.  Printable registration form is here.  Questions are answered here.  More questions?  Our contact information is here.

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Confirmed speaker: Delegate Ron George

Representing the Annapolis area in the Maryland General Assembly, we are happy to report that Delegate Ron George will be joining us on January 8th at the Maryland CAN conference.  He had one heck of a reelection battle this year when Far Left activists  from around the country and Washington insiders poured money into his opponents campaign, see just one story here at Red Maryland.  His opponent, Judd Legum, was a former research director at John Podesta’s Center for American Progress which tells us all we need to know about the powerful forces arrayed against George. Democrat Speaker of the House, Mike Busch, also serves Mr. George’s district, which is heavily Democratic with three representatives.  Delegate George finished first, ahead of the incumbent Speaker by a wide margin. Delegate George prevailed in his race and goes back to the General Assembly in January.

Biography

Ron George has been a Member of House of Delegates since January 10, 2007. Member, Ways and Means Committee, 2007- (transportation subcommittee, 2007-08; election law subcommittee, 2009-). Member, Sportsmen’s Caucus, 2007-; Veterans Caucus, 2007-. Founder, Doctors Caucus, 2010. Member, Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force, American Legislative Exchange Council, 2007-.

In addition, Ron is a Member, State Commission on the Capital City, 2007-; and is on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on Campaign Finance, 2010-.

Ron was born in Syracuse New York on August 30, 1953. Raised in Howard County from 1953 to 1971, he spent his summers on the Chesapeake Bay. He graduated from Atholton High School in 1971. After graduating from Bowman Technical School (Lancaster, PA) for Jewelry Making and Design in 1973 he attended Syracuse University where he went on to receive BFA degree in 1978. Ron continued his education earning a Masters of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from the Institute of Psychological Sciences in 2005.

In 1981, Ron married Becky Skinner and moved to Annapolis Maryland where they raised their six children. They are currently the proud Grandparents of three grandchildren.

Ron is an experienced Small Business Owner having founded Ron George Jewelers on Main Street Annapolis in 1991. In 2007, he expanded to a second location. In addition Ron also ran the The State House Inn from 2002 to 2007.

Ron is the founder of The Center For Family Development (est.2002) in Crownsville where he worked as the Volunteer Director till 2008. Prior to that he was Volunteer Director of The Conquest Boys Club from 1998 to 2002, he was a co-founder of St. Peter the Rock Tutorial School and was a Volunteer Board Member of the National Homeschooler’s Support Network from 1998 to 2009.

Awards

Ronald Reagan Award, Annapolis Republican Central Committee, 2005.
2008 Legislator of the Year, Annapolis/Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce.

Visit Del. George’s webpage here.

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Confirmed speaker: Robert Broadus

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Broadus on several occasions lately (the first time was here at The Thursday Meeting), and we are happy that he agreed to share with us on January 8th his Congressional campaign experiences and his suggestions for what we all need to be doing better in advance of the 2012 election cycle.

Biography

Robert Broadus works as a Computer Programmer in the DC-Metropolitan area. He is a 1994 graduate of the US Naval Accademy (bachelors degree in Political Science) and a 5-year Navy Veteran.  Robert was a candidate for Congress from Maryland’s 4th Congressional District in 2008 and 2010.

Robert has also attended several Healthcare Town Halls, Tea Parties, and political activist meetings including Americans For Prosperity and Young Republicans meetings. He has stood firmly against the controversial healthcare law (Obamacare) which violates the 13th, 10th, 8th, and 5th Amendments as well as other provisions of the Constitution.

He is a member of “Protect Marriage Maryland,” a group that is focused on preserving the current Maryland law which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. He brings an emphasis on Conservative Values, Capitalism, Civil Rights, and the Constitution.

Learn more about Robert Broadus and his work by visiting his website, here.

General conference information is here.  Confirmed speakers are here.  Printable registration form is here.  Questions are answered here.  More questions?  Our contact information is here.

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