Voices of Conservative Women, the three-year-old organization that advocates for fiscally conservative women candidates in Minnesota, has its first affiliate organization, Voices PAC Wisconsin. Like Voices in Minnesota, the Wisconsin group works to elect conservative women candidates based on pocketbook issues, with no focus on social issues.
“We’ve helped candidates from Alaska to Louisiana on a project basis but never really had a formal process,” said Jennifer DeJournett, president of Voices. “So this year when we were approached by Wisconsin, we felt the time was right, and also the geography worked.”
Vicky Ostry is the new Wisconsin political director for the group. Based in Milwaukee County, she said she has one objective. “My goal is to help conservative women raise money for their campaigns,” she said.
Voices Wisconsin, which filed as a political action committee last week, already has heard from a candidate looking for endorsement. Jesse Rodriguez, a Milwaukee County resident active in the school-choice movement, is running in a special election for one of three open seats in the Wisconsin state assembly.
DeJournett said she hopes Voices Wisconsin ultimately will be the model for other states that want to establish similar groups.