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Moffat County Republican Party chairwoman accepted into leadership program

Janelle O'Dea

Moffat County Republican Chairwoman Brandi Meek was accepted into the Leadership Program of the Rockies, a competitive organization focused on educating leaders on how to protect Americans' liberities.

As if Brandi Meek doesn't already wear enough hats, she decided to put on another one.

Meek is the Moffat County Republican Party chairwoman and represents small counties (those with a population of less than 100,000) for the Colorado GOP Executive Committee.

She helps run Moffat County Event Rentals and speaks at events such as the State Policy Network's annual meeting in Denver. The State Policy Network is a group that works to defend Americans' liberties.

Meek is also a single mother of 9-year-old and 5-year-old sons, and will finish her Bachelor's degree in educational studies from Western Governor's University this December.

In addition to all that Meek does, she applied to join the Leadership Program of the Rockies. According to the program's website, it aims to "train emerging leaders in America’s founding principles — why they were important in the beginning and how they apply to the challenges of today."

Meek applied in late August and found out she was selected about a month later. The program consists of nine full-day sessions, usually held on the second Friday of every month.

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The program cost is $6,000, but is often subsidized so participants only have to pay some of that amount. Meek said hers was brought down to $1,800, and she was able to fundraise the money from supporters all over Colorado.

The sessions provide education about grassroots organizing, media relations and free enterprise, among other topics.

Meek said the "very competitive" program can help her prepare for any future political roles as well as help her network with 65 representatives from all over Colorado and other states.

She also said a significant portion of Colorado's legislature has been through the Leadership Program of the Rockies.

As the Moffat County Republican Party chairwoman, Meek attends meetings, helps provide support and assistance to any local Republican politicians and fundraises for the party.

The Colorado GOP Executive Committee meets roughly six times per year, and Meek said she has attended all of the meetings so far, either in person or via conference call.

All of Meek's political involvement is voluntary.

Meek said defending the Constitution and Declaration of Independence motivates her work in politics.

"I really truly believe in the principles of liberty and advancing those," Meek said. "My mom loves to do genealogy and look into family history. She's found where three of my direct ancestors were Revolutionary War heroes, and it's very humbling that roughly 238 years later, I get the opportunity to openly defend those very same principles that they committed treason against the crown in order to secure for future generations."

She is thinking about pursuing a Master's degree and has also considered running for office in the future, but doesn't want to disclose details just yet.

Reach Janelle O’Dea at 970-875-1795 or jodea@craigdailypress.com.