State Coordinators: Margo Easton & Vicki Danklefsen
Margo Easton was born in Western New York State near Buffalo, and moved to Illinois in 1990. I’ve been married for 11 years and I am a stay-at-home mother of 10 year old triplets. I’ve always enjoyed politics and I have volunteered on various campaigns since I was 16 years old. The first campaign I worked on was Ronald Reagan’s re-election in 1984. Even though I was too young to vote, that was my first step to life-long commitment of working for conservative candidates.
I am a political blogger for The Cranky Housewife. Additionally, I am an active volunteer in my children’s school and that is where I met Vicki Danklefsen who will also coordinate the Illinois 14th district for Smart Girl Politics.
Vicki Danklefsen is a Wisconsin native who graduated from UW-Madison. She moved to Illinois in 1988. Vicki and her husband Jeff watched the presidential debates together even before their first date. They have been married for 20 years and have two children. She has worked for newspapers and in public relations, primarily in healthcare and education, and is an active volunteer in her church, school and community.
In 2008, Vicki and I became tired of yelling at our television every night over our concerns with bailouts and health care reform. We realized that we needed to get involved to educate our neighbors about the issues and to help find solutions to the problems in Illinois and in Washington DC. That is when we decided to work together to organize the first Kane County Taxpayer Tea Party. Since then, we have organized two additional Tea Parties and some smaller events. Speakers have included WLS talk show host Dan Proft who ran for governor in the Illinois Republican primary; Adam Andrzejewski, CEO of For the Good of Illinois who also ran for governor; conservative talk show host Teri O’Brien; State Senator Chris Lauzen; Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14); John Tillman of the Illinois Policy Institute (http://illinoispolicy.org/); local businessmen and concerned citizens.
While we have enjoyed working with the Tea Party movement in Illinois, Vicki and I wanted to join with Smart Girl Politics as a way of helping women get involved with the political process and continuing our shared mission of Engaging, Educating and Empowering voters.