On the Campaign Trail
Lee Ann Sennick for RI GOP National Committeewoman
Dear State Central Committee Member:
Our party is deeply saddened by the passing of our National Committeewoman Carol Mumford. What a special, talented, distinguished and accomplished lady. Carol was a mentor and friend who fulfilled the role of National Committeewoman as she did all else in her life, with intelligence, insight, compassion, integrity, grace and commitment. I would be deeply honored to have the opportunity to continue Carol’s outstanding work and would greatly appreciate your support of my candidacy for National Committeewoman.
I am a loyal and active member of the Republican Party. As the chairwoman of the Woonsocket Republican City Committee, I have worked diligently alongside our officers and members to fulfill our mission of promoting political engagement, participation, and civic responsibility. Woonsocket has established itself as a committee that can be depended upon to support candidates, the state party and the national party. I take satisfaction in the accomplishments of our team including successful and innovative fundraisers, the city committee website and our well-received Issues & Answers Voter Education Series.
Within the RIGOP, I regularly attend State Central Committee Meetings. I am an active member of the Executive Committee and the Providence County Vice-President of the Chairs’ Caucus. I have served on the Vetting Committee and several Platform Committees, including the most recent committee that was able to get a state platform passed for the first time in years. I am currently serving on the Messaging Committee to help our conservative values reach a broader audience.
It is that very idea, of reaching a broader audience, that inspired the formation of the well-regarded Take A Stand weekly radio program that I originally envisioned and brought to fruition assisted by the hard work and support of the WRCC Committee members. I was delighted to subsequently receive much encouragement and support from many others within the party and in the larger community.
Weekly topics include conversations to engage and inform listeners on current events and issues and provide a showcase for a variety of candidates to present their platforms and ideas. I have learned a great deal from doing research for the show and listening to the opinions of party members, voters and a wide range of civically engaged individuals.
The show has been a constant reminder to me of the importance of being prepared and “doing your homework” and has also helped me become a better listener. That is what I intend and would like to bring to my participation as delegate to RNC — doing my homework so I am prepared for informed discussion and communication and being a ready and good listener reaching out and respectful of other viewpoints.
With your support, I will bring that wide range of perspectives, that all of you have opened up and shared with me - your ideas, your thoughts, your insights, your beliefs. That is what I will bring to the National Committee to respectfully and constructively represent RIGOP interests and viewpoints. My aim is to be a voice at the RNC for the grassroots, the everyday people who are as concerned as I am with the current direction of our country, and the patriots here in RI who are in the trenches fighting to preserve our Constitutional values, to maintain our freedom and to create opportunity for all to enjoy a better future for themselves and generations to come.
I welcome any questions, feedback, suggestions or insights you may have at any time regarding my candidacy — I would love to hear from you.
Thank you for your consideration.
Lynda Adams-Robitaille for RI GOP National Committeewoman
July 29, 2014
The RIGOP shines a little less bright these days. The recent passing of Carol Mumford has left us with much sadness, yet positive memories, of someone who took her role seriously while performing these duties with grace and dignity. While we continue to grieve for Carol, the RIGOP By-Laws require a special election within 30 days. Difficult as it may be, the process begins.
On Friday 25th of July, I submitted my ‘Letter of Intent’ as a candidate for National Committeewoman.
Why am I running? While the RIGOP is a small state party, we need a strong voice in Washington, DC to ensure that Rhode Island Republicans get their fair share of resources and support from the RNC. While I have never held public office, I have been actively engaged with the Rhode Island Republican Party since 2006.
My first experience with politics began with serving as Campaign Manager for John Robitaille, candidate for State Rep, District 72. During that campaign, I joined the Newport Council of Republican Women, an affiliate of NFRW. In my second year as a member, I was elected President, re-energized the organization raising substantial funds, increased membership and developed NCRW as an important ally for state-wide candidates. At the same time, I joined the Portsmouth Republican Town Committee where I was elected Secretary for the Committee, and then State Delegate. During my time with PRTC, helped raise over $12,000 with one successful Newport Bay Dinner Cruise during Tall Ships 2007.
In 2010, my husband, John, decided to run for Governor. This wonderful and fulfilling experience enabled me to hone my skills in fundraising, public speaking and policy.
I ran for and was elected a Romney Delegate in 2012, being the second highest vote-getter in the First Congressional District and attended the 2012 RNC Convention in Tampa. John and I also worked hard as members of Team Romney during the 2012 Presidential Campaign and helped raise well over $100,000 in the RI area. As you can see, I am no stranger to the national forum.
As of 2014, I continue to financially support both state-wide and local candidates. I am also volunteering my time and expertise in image, public speaking and training with a unique program I’ve developed called “Wardrobe & Words” -10 Tips to ‘Owning the Room’. It’s a workshop I’ve given to candidates at the RIGOP headquarters and to local Town Committees.
What will I do as National Committeewoman? I promise nothing other than my complete devotion and relentless efforts to promote and advocate for the RIGOP and its candidates. I will leverage my private sector experiences as a small-business owner, entrepreneur, fundraiser, marketing and sales expert, talk-show host, creative designer and artist. In addition, my leadership experiences which included, President, Women’s Ad Club of RI; co-founder and President of Bufflehead Bay Chapter, Ducks Unlimited, RI; founding member of ‘Protect the Child’ Foundation; board member, RI Mental Health Association; Board of Governors, Bradley Hospital; ‘Friends’ of the Samaritans of RI and other non-profits, have defined my abilities to work as both a leader and team member.
I respectfully ask for your support and vote on August 26th to be your next National Committeewoman.
22 Annette Drive
Portsmouth, RI 02871