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Ellysa Maye Leuthold

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BIO

Elly Maye has a YouTube channel where she’s known for her video titled, “Top 10 Reasons I’m Not a Democrat.” Growing up with parents on opposite ends of the political spectrum, she had the chance to learn about each side. Thanks to her mom, she saw that conservatism was best in line with her faith. Before getting sober at age 21, she struggled with drug addiction. During that time in her life, she saw many destructive lifestyles that were fueled by liberalism, and after getting sober, that experience was a huge contributor to her conservative activism.

Why is it important that at this particular point in time, right-of-center youth become involved publicly, whether in politics, media, their communities, or in other capacities?

It is important because if we don’t rise up now, we will be defeated. Between university professors, the media, and the influence of Hollywood, it doesn’t just feel like we have an uphill battle–it feels like we have the challenge of trying to get up a down escalator with our hands tied behind our backs and rollerblades on.

But we can overcome that. We just have to get over being afraid of being falsely labeled by the left. We have a responsibility to speak the truth, and if right minded people had been doing that more often, we wouldn’t be in the position we’re in today. We need the momentum, not just for 2016, but for the salvation of our future, and I believe young people will answer the call and bring the energy needed for that.

What must elected officials and others in positions of leadership do to make a right-of-center message resonate with the Millennial generation?

Elected officials can resonate with Millennials by reaching out more, using social media to their advantage, and not dismissing celebrities who have dared speak about their right leanings. Elected officials need to harness those opportunities and engage young people in more creative ways. And if they don’t know what direction that would mean, they should probably hire more young people on their staff! It’s time we start being one step ahead of the left.

Where would you like to see the conservative movement in 10 years — and how can it get there?

I would like to see individuals and communities lifted up and empowered as a result of conservative solutions, and a widespread understanding of what the movement is truly about. Once people start to understand the common sense of the right, and the reality of the indoctrination of the left, they usually make better choices on the ballot. And we can get there only with God’s help.

Thirty Under Thirty 2015

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