My name is Ismaine Ayouaz, and I would like to introduce myself as Chair of the Blue Republican Chapter in Missouri. First of all, I am a family man, 37, and together with my wife Isabelle, who holds a PhD in Biology, we have a daughter, Olivia, and are expecting a son soon. We moved to the US in 2009, and have been residents of the St. Louis area since 2010. By the end of 2014, I and Isabelle will be citizens. We came to this country for the professional and academic opportunities afforded here. At present, I hold an IT position with a major Emmy-winning company in St. Louis, Coolfire. My role there is that of Network System Administrator for a full service, production studio providing direction, motion graphics, animation, editing, sound design and composition.
My mission as Chair will be challenging, but straightforward. My focus includes these major efforts:
● Attracting persons whose main concern is personal liberty, who consider themselves both moderate and independent voters, and meaningfully engaging them in building this chapter—with a view to changing the partisan political landscape of the region and state for the better;
● Providing leadership, organization and operating structure;
● Providing support for local and state Blue Republican candidates for elected office;
● Using my IT skills to help our members and potential members to network, share information, and campaign effectively for our goals and objectives, using optimum IT practices.
I come to politics in this country with several years of political experience in my home country of France, where I was very active in “Union for a Popular Movement”, a populist centrist party that was headed by Nicolas Sarkozy. My involvement at the local and national levels included campaigning and elective office, from 2001 to 2008. In 2006, I was elected State Councilor by a wide margin, and chosen to chair the local party chapter for my hometown.
The local chapter grew quickly and attracted many talented individuals under my direction. In 2007, I ran as a substitute candidate for the National Assembly, which is the equivalent of the US House of Representatives. In 2008, I was reelected State Councilor for my party and I ran as a State representative candidate as well.
In the last few years, I have become increasingly aware of how the present administration’s promise of “hope and change” has fallen short of the intended mark. American liberty has not increased, but rather has been compromised by massive government intrusions here and overreaching policies abroad. The Bill of Rights has become a matter of political convenience, insofar as being upheld. Crony capitalism and bigmoney special interests are deeply skewing the political system and economic opportunity. Foreign policy also follows this political landscape, to the point that it is not the product of popular will, but of conflicting ideologies at work in the Administration and Congress.
My personal values and participation in social media in this country have given me an appreciation of several principles advanced by Dr. Ron Paul. These interests led me to discover the Blue Republican “Principle before Party” movement. As a result, I contacted Robin Koerner, originator of Blue Republican, to offer my support and leadership for the movement in my adopted state of Missouri. Today I am delighted to be Chair of the first
chapter in Missouri. I thank God and Mr. Koerner for this wonderful opportunity!