Greetings from Evanston, IL, part of the 9th Congressional district.  This is my diary of what it is like to be a delegate to the Republican National Convention.  Back in the Fall of 2007, I petitioned to be on the ballot for the Republican Primary as a pledged delegate for Senator John McCain and now I am headed to the Convention in St. Paul, MN in September.  This blog is my diary or my journey to the convention, what it is like to be a delegate, what is going on in my district as a Republican and what is going on in the campaign in general.  It is a personal diary, with my own observations.  I am not a spokesperson for the national Party, the RNC, the GOP, the Evanston Republican Club nor the McCain campaign.  I am just a person passionate about the political future of this country and excited to be a part of this experience.

I find it amusing not only to live in Illinois (Obama) country and live in the district that covers Hillary Clinton’s hometown (Park Ridge) but like Hillary, I am a Wellesley graduate.  Formerly a laywer by training, I am now home with my four, rapidly growing children.  My husband was born and raised in Winnetka, a few suburbs north, but we met as law students at the University of Virginia and he somehow convinced me to move to Chicago after many years or my working in New York city.  I consider myself a conservative Republican.  I believe strongly in limited government, greater freedom in the private sector, lower taxes, strong national security and defense, am pro-life and support strict constructionism and interpretation in our judges.  But, on the other hand, I am for gun control and believe in supporting those less fortunate through appropriate government safety net programs.  Living in a predominantly liberal community, I find many of my political positions questioned and challenged, but as a result am committed even more so to conservative principals.  Liberal challenges to my positions began early on as a student at Wellesley and living overseas in Sierra Leone, West Africa.  As an attorney in New York, it was somewhat of a novelty to be conservative and this feeling as continued as I moved from Chicago to Evanston.  But I feel that I am, along with the nation, up to the challenge.


1 Comment

  1. Stephanie,

    Thank you for all you do for the Republican party. It’s encouraging to know that people still live out their convictions despite living among others who oppose you.


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