GOP Women of Alexandria Host Douglass Leadership Institute Chairman and State GOP Party Candidates

GOP Women of Alexandria Host Douglass Leadership Institute Chairman and State GOP Party Candidates

The Commonwealth Republican Women’s Club (CRWC) of Alexandria met via Zoom to discuss state party candidacies and the recent US Senate primary, and to hear a special guest speaker on African American conservatism.

Susie Miller, 1st VP for Programs, introduced Rev. Dean Nelson, the Founder and Chairman of the national education and public policy non-profit Douglass Leadership Institute (DLI), named after the Civil War era statesman and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Rev. Nelson discussed the work of the DLI and the values promoted by the organization, namely: righteousness, justice, liberty, and virtue. DLI works to preserve and promote these conservative values in the African American community. Locally, some of its members have helped campaign for African American conservative candidates such as Monique Miles (for Alexandria City Council) and DJ Jordan (for Virginia House of Delegates).

All three candidates for Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) spoke to club members on their vision for the party and answered questions. The candidates are Jack Wilson, Mike Schoelwer, and Rich Anderson. The election for chairman will take place at the RPV’s convention.

CRWC President Linda App discussed the successful efforts of the local GOP during Tuesday’s Republican primary for U.S. Senate. CRWC members and other Republicans staffed each precinct outside on election day and connected with hundreds of Republican voters, many of whom wanted to volunteer to work on campaigns for the fall elections. She said it is now time for volunteers to get busy promoting the full Republican slate that will be on Alexandria’s ballot in November: Donald Trump for President; Daniel Gade for US Senate; and Jeff Jordan for the 8th Congressional District. Jordan was selected by a party convention of the 8th District.

CRWC is the Alexandria chapter of both the Virginia and the National Federation of Republican Women (VFRW and NFRW). CRWC encourages local Republican women of all ages to become more politically involved by helping support and elect GOP candidates to public office at the local, state, and national levels. The club also has a conservative book club and organizes activities to support charitable organizations. More information is available at The Douglass Leadership Institute can be found at