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Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell is an ACRU Senior Fellow. He is a contributing editor for the conservative news and opinion site Townhall.com and his columns frequently appear in The Washington TimesNew York Post, and National Review Online. Mr. Blackwell’s public service includes terms as Mayor of Cincinnati, Undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. In 1994, he became the first African-American to hold statewide office in Ohio when he was elected Treasurer of State. He subsequently was elected to two terms as Secretary of State. In 2006, he was nominee for Governor of Ohio. He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Xavier University in Ohio.

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J. Christian Adams

J. Christian Adams is the President and General Counsel of the Public Interest Legal Foundation. He served from 2005 to 2010 in the Voting Section at the United States Department of Justice. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department. He litigates election law cases throughout the United States and brought the first private party litigation resulting in the cleanup of corrupted voter rolls under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. He represented multiple presidential campaigns in election litigation. He successfully litigated the landmark case of United States v. Ike Brownin the Southern District of Mississippi, the first case brought under the Voting Rights Act on behalf of a discriminated-against white minority in Noxubee County. Prior to his time at the Justice Department, he served as General Counsel to the South Carolina Secretary of State. He also serves as legal editor at PJ Mediaand appears frequently on Fox News and has appeared at National Review, Breitbart, the Washington Examiner, American Spectator, Washington Times and other publications. He also serves on the Policy Board of the American Civil Rights Union. He has a law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is a member of the South Carolina and Virginia Bars.

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Kerri Toloczko

ACRU Vice President of Public Policy Kerri (Houston) Toloczko is a public policy analyst and expert in coalition building, issue advocacy, and research on domestic and international issues. She is also a Senior Fellow at Frontiers of Freedom and the Institute for Liberty and previously served as Senior Policy Director for Florida Senator Rick Scott’s Conservatives for Patients’ Rights. Appointed in 2004 by then-House Speaker Dennis Hastert, Ms. Toloczko was a Commissioner on the Congressional U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Her areas of expertise include healthcare, voter integrity, immigration, economic policy, religious freedom, the Constitution, and the American founding. A strong proponent of individual and economic liberty and free markets, Ms. Toloczko continues to consult internationally for free-market government officials. A widely published opinion writer, her columns have appeared in numerous national and state print, internet, and institutional publications. She is a regular guest on talk radio and news programs in the U.S. and abroad. Well known for her dedication to presenting public policy in a way that will “pass the dinner-table test,” Kerri brings a sharp wit and a practical spin to free-market solutions to public policy problems. 

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In Memoriam

John Armor

John Armor was of legal counsel to the ACRU from its inception in 1999 until his untimely passing in August 2010. He held a B.A., Yale, 1964 and J.D., Maryland Law School, 1970 and had a long and distinguished legal career, practicing before the U.S. Supreme Court for 33 years and authoring eight books and hundreds of articles. His book, These Are the Times That Try Men’s Souls: America Then and Now in the Words of Tom Paine, is available here.
A favorite at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and Tea Party events, especially in North Carolina where he lived, Armor dressed in colonial garb and impersonated Benjamin Franklin, explaining the origins of American liberties to 21st Century audiences (right).
Armor, on behalf of the ACRU, was one of the few attorneys to write an amicus brief in the presidential election case in 2000. He was a well-known legal scholar of American politics, particularly third party movements and represented Eugene McCarthy during the Minnesota Senator’s challenge of Lyndon Baines Johnson’s presidency in 1968.

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