Forge Graduate Wins Huge State Rep Primary Election

Forge Graduate Jena Powell Wins Primary Election for State Representative!

Dear Friends,
The Forge Alumni Network celebrated a milestone on Tuesday night:

Forge graduate and super volunteer, Jena Powell, shocked the Ohio political world by winning a highly contested four-person state representative primary election by almost 30 points!!

Jena is now the Republican nominee for the the 80th Ohio House District, which covers all of Miami County and southern Darke County in Western Ohio, just north and west of Dayton. Jena will face a Democratic opponent in November, but will be heavily favored in the deeply conservative, rural district.

The Dayton Daily News covered Jena’s victory here:

“It’s amazing to have so much support from the community,” Powell said of the primary win. 

Her focus is fighting for local government control and cutting down on regulations so that small businesses can thrive. 

“When we have high taxes, high regulations, it puts a burden on our small businesses,” Powell said. “We want to create an environment where they can thrive.”

Powell is a small business owner herself, starting her first company when she was 17. She and her brother now own and operate a billboard advertising company in Arcanum. 

“I’ve been able to fulfill my American dream here,” she said. “I want the younger generation to know they don’t have to go somewhere else.”

You can watch Jena’s acceptance speech here!

“Our team knocked over 16,000 doors and talked to voters in the rain and snow. I could never have done this without the help and support of so many of you. Along the way I was able to meet so many kind people who care about our community and want to see the 80th district thrive. I am thrilled to come alongside you and serve together!” -Jena Powell

The Forge Impact:

Of course, Forge Leadership Network, as a 501c3 tax-exempt educational nonprofit, does NOT engage in the election of any candidate, so we were not involved in Jena’s campaign.

But we’re very proud of helping prepare Jena with the principles, policy, and practical skills necessary to take such a huge step as running successfully for high-level public office.  Jena knew that Forge Leadership Network existed to invest in and equip young conservatives with aspirations like hers to serve her neighbors and community in big ways. As an already-successful young businesswoman, she attended and helped organize the first three Forge Leadership Summits with accurate hopes that Forge could help her grow as a person of deep conviction and equip her with hands-on training that would serve her well in her future endeavors in business and the public sector.

In her own words, Jena stated, “Without the conservative policy training, practical hands-on training, and amazing experiences I received from the Forge Leadership Network, I can confidently say I probably would have never run for office. If you want to be in conservative politics, the Forge experience is essential.”

Thank you so much for your support and making it possible for us to train, mentor, and launch amazing young people like Jena Powell. The dream and vision God gave us for Forge Leadership Network’s impact is coming true before our very eyes.


Make it possible for Forge to serve, train, and mentor more young conservatives like Jena Powell as they embark on their dreams to serve their neighbors and communities.


P.S. Know a Young Conservative Who Should Follow In Jena’s Footsteps? Have him or her apply today for the 2018 Forge Leadership Summit – it’s not too late!

18-25 year-old conservatives should APPLY TODAY for the Forge Leadership Summit before spots run out >>

Accepted students will hear from amazing speakers; take part in incredible practical skills training like media training, public speaking, networking, and American Majority‘s Campaign-In-A-Day; and try their hand at the legislative process, being coached by real state representatives on the Statehouse Floor!

**Scholarships Available – Apply Today**

The 2018 Forge Leadership Summit (held July 24-28, 2018) provides world-class training, internationally-known speakers, and real legislative simulation to 75 of the best young conservative leaders. Learn How Forge Accelerates Your Future Success

What Is The Forge Leadership Summit?

The Forge Leadership Summit is a comprehensive leadership experience. Attendees are taught timeless principles, public policy, and practical skills in dynamic workshops while participating in a full simulation of the legislative process at the Ohio Statehouse. Learn More
Who Should Apply?

Principled, passionate young conservatives ages 18-25 who want to impact government and culture and expand their networks and career opportunities.
How Do I Apply?

Apply today at

When and Where is The Summit Held?

Tuesday, July 24th through Saturday, July 28th on the campus of Ohio Christian University in central Ohio. Two of those days are spent at the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus.

How Much Does The Summit Cost?

  • Regular Rate of $450 if you apply by June 1st

*Summit Tuition includes dormitory housing at Ohio Christian University, meals and snacks, transportation to and from the statehouse, materials, as well as cost for any activities.

There are need-based scholarships available for those needing financial assistance to attend. Don’t let finances be an obstacle to applying! E-mail about scholarships at [email protected]

Why Is This Worth My Time? What Makes This Special?

Nationally-Recognized Training and Networks – A national publication, The Daily Signal, wrote a featured story about the innovative work of Forge, andwe were featured on The Blaze!

Your Ticket to the Best Mentors and Job Placement – a select number of the best Summit grads are nominated and invited to join an exclusive year-long Mentorship Academy that matches them with incredible one-on-one mentors, unparalleled internship and job-placement opportunities, and further training in D.C. and Israel. Learn More

Success – Forge graduates are thriving, landing top-notch jobs internships, leveraging the guidance and networks of their mentors. One has even been elected to public office! See what people are saying about Forge: Testimonials

How Can You Participate in the 2018 Forge Leadership Summit?

Apply Today:
If you are a 18-25 year-old conservative, what are you waiting for?!REGISTER TODAY for the 2018 Forge Leadership Summit before the SEVENTY-FIVE spots run out.

Adam is passionate about investing his future in the future of students who will become the next innovators in the marketplace, champions of free enterprise, inspiring educators, shapers of culture, and statesmen and stateswomen in government.

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Joseph Backholm is Senior Fellow for Biblical Worldview and Strategic Engagement at Family Research Council. He combines extensive legal, political, and policy experience with a love for the way biblical truth cultivates human flourishing.