I’m Jonathan Lockwood and I’m running to lead the Colorado Republican Party.
Today at sundown Passover begins. The stories of plagues and pestilence, suffering, and the power of miracles teach us that with great sacrifice and great persistence, come great miracles. Great wisdom comes from learning about the power of escaping suppression and our own egos for the betterment of ourselves and our people.
We are standing at a forked path. The decisions made today will shape the party for years to come and directly, our state and our nation. We have the responsibility to move forward and create a powerful operation that defies false narratives and reimagines how to do business as a party for the good of all Coloradans.
People are suffering. The lost fulfillment and potential as a result of this last year especially, but of a system created by decades of failed policies and lifetimes of repeating history. People have been locked down and shut down. They have been silenced. Our party must be more than a party centered around any one person, we must be a party of the future. Lives and livelihoods depend on it.
The next chair must create a culture of excellence within our party operations. This is not a policy or governing role. It is a political role. Political management requires a leader with the strategic organizational management skills to lift up and empower staff and give donors security that funds are going to be effective. Strategy is imperative, communications and media adeptness are make it or break it. The chairman role is one of a conductor, orchestrating wins for the party and all of our members.
Leading is about shaping an ecosystem for collaboration, coordination and cohesion. We need to respect each other even when we do not agree, we are Republicans. For example, Randy Corporon is correct in his attempts to uphold our bylaws. Former chairman Dick Wadhams is correct when he says we must look forward, not backward. Kristi-Burton Brown and Casper Stockham joined me in statements on conduct toward other Republicans. In fact, these fellow leaders echoed what I expressed, as others have throughout this campaign. I’ve led, even in this race, to strengthen our party.
The challenges facing our party organization do pale in comparison to the challenges facing our state and our country. They are easily solved with the right person at the helm. 2022 presents tremendous opportunity for the Colorado Republican Party to deliver a Republican Speaker of the House. We are only down in the House by a handful of seats and we have the power to flip the Senate. Here in Colorado we have the opportunity to elect a new governor, a new secretary of state, a new attorney general, and regain the Legislature. Colorado has the opportunity to serve as a model on how to rebuild a state party operation and deploy an apparatus to deliver change.
We as Republicans in Colorado, have less power today than we have had since World War 2. We’ve lost 100,000 Coloradans and we are on our way to becoming a minority party. That cannot be allowed to happen.
You have the power to change this today. Our civil liberties are under assault. From free speech to the Second Amendment to the sanctity of life and religious freedom and the health of our mind, body and spirit. Conscience rights and the ability to act as sovereign beings are imperative to the survival of our republic.
The Colorado Republican Party must bring heart and life energy back into our state’s political system. By reviving our party we will help improve the lives of all Coloradans and we will have an outsized impact on our national governance and political system.
In my tenure of over a decade in public relations and political organizing – in both the private and public sectors – the bottom line is creating value. Our party must be helmed by a strategist and proven leader, with the communication and management prowess to achieve success.
Our party has the opportunity to expand and create a party apparatus that engineers the political environment to create opportunity for Republicans to forward solutions to Colorado’s biggest problems. Especially as we rebuild after a chaotic year of the pandemic, social unrest and economic collapse. We do this by innovating, rising above the reactive discourse and by holding accountable the status quo. We must be proactive.
I’ve recruited and trained thousands of activists to successfully kill legislation, I’ve used disruptive technologies to hold accountable state agencies and the federal government. These efforts have saved taxpayers billions, improved the lives and livelihoods of real people and advanced an agenda based on self-determinism, the rule of law and freedom.
My ideal scene for the Colorado Republican Party is to build a lean, mean strategic and powerful 21st century machine that empowers grassroots leaders and activists with the talent and resources needed to build up our communities and create wins. We need to go local. We need to create a bench. We need to take back school boards, commissions, city councils and mayoral offices. We must use 21st century technology to achieve success. Tools like digital micro-targeting and geo-fencing will help us reach the right audiences with the right messages and drive influence. These powerful tools have the ability to disrupt false narratives, drive issue awareness and persuade voters.
In order for that to be effective though, we need to listen to what the voters are saying and employ sound research and marketing development. We must be doing focus groups, surveys and asking unaffiliated voters and disaffected Democrats and Republicans what they need and want and deliver it to them. By crafting messages and objectives we will begin resonating with audiences that will come to the Republican Party and see us as not only fighting for them, but wining for them on the issues that affect their lives. People are suffering right now. They have lost loved ones, they’ve seen businesses shutter in their communities.
Our national political system has become so toxic and divided and a pandemic of failed leadership on both sides of the aisle has left Americans caught in between two warring parties that have prioritized multi-national corporations and crony connections over constituents and the citizens they are supposed to serve. The government is supposed to work for us, not against us.
Human rights matter. Our right to self-expression, freedom of religion, the right to self-defense and the ability to pursue dreams are critical to not only surviving, but thriving. Words and dreams matter. People have had their dreams dashed and divided, they are working low-wage jobs and see no way out. Families are losing their homes and natural disasters and they are having the rug pulled out from under them.
Identity politics and cancel culture do not belong in our party. We need the full spectrum of the Republican Party focused and working as a coalition to stand up for freedom. We will win not by watering down our message, by being milquetoast or by yelling – we will win by putting forward a strong agenda and fighting for workers and the future.
We can’t defeat the Blueprint and the left-wing machine by continuing to do the same, or talking about how much we need change while rejecting those with the power to do it. We need accountability and we must take the responsibility of expanding our party.
NOW is the time to think big. We must think big, dream big, and work hard. To me leadership requires more than serving others, or holding a role as a figurehead. Leadership is about cultivating and forging new leaders and empowering those to achieve their greatest potential.
An inclusive, innovative and values-driven party based on principles and our love for Colorado will pave the way for a productive and effective Colorado Republican Party.
Thank you all for your time and consideration, God bless you, the great state of Colorado and the United States of America.