When the Calhoun County Republican Party needed a Chair of Outreach and Education, we looked no further than Terris Todd. Outreach and Education sum up Terris' mission in two fitting words. As a self-described man of God, Terris seeks to help others examine their values and to live in alignment with those values. In fact, aligning his life with his values is exactly how Terris found his way to the Republican Party.
"Serving five terms as a County Commissioner with a 'D' behind my name was never about my affiliation but more about answering the call to serve the community that raised me."
During his time of service as a commissioner, Terris began to notice a disconnect between who he was as a person and a Democrat agenda which conflicted with much of what he values and believes.
"Around the time of Obama's campaign for the presidency and into his second term, I began to see and understand that my values really aligned much better with the Republican platform which speaks firmly to my faith, family, and freedoms given by God."
Just 1 1/2 years after making the switch, Terris was elected Ethnic Vice Chair of the Michigan Republican Party. He is the first MRP Vice Chair to hail from Calhoun County.
Terris still serves as a Vice Chair with the MRP and as the Chair of Outreach and Education for the Calhoun County Republican Party, but that's far from all he's doing. He also serves as a member of the Cereal City Chapter of Blacks in Government and on the Michigan Republican Party African American Council to the Republican National Convention. Most recently, Terris was elected to the Board of the Frederick Douglass Foundation of Michigan.
"Helping people examine their values and live authentic lives of faith according to those values is what I'm all about. The Republican Party gives me the platform and freedom for doing just that and more."
When national political reporter, Elaina Plott, called from the New York Times asking to be introduced to Calhoun County Republicans, your local party went to work to make it happen.
By the end of the day, stay-at-home mom of four, Rachel Losey, and Realtor, Ryan Leonard, were interviewed, photographed, and a just a little nervous about how they would be portrayed in the paper. With the way the media attacks our President, what would they do to his supporters?
We're happy to report that Rachel and Ryan enjoyed their interviews and surprise photo shoots and said that they would welcome future opportunities.
"The journalist was very pleasant to speak with," said Rachel, "and the photographer was a very nice lady. She came to the house and took like 500 pictures."
To read the New York Times Article, click here.
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