Hon. Jon Russell

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Jon previously led the American City County Exchange (ACCE), an ALEC program dedicated to accountability, transparency, efficiency and effectiveness in local government. ACCE is rooted in free market and limited government solutions for cities and counties across the country. As a town councilman, Jon dedicated his career to public service as an advocate for taxpayers.

Jon came to ALEC as a political consultant and public servant of over seven years. Jon has devoted his career to training and electing candidates to federal, state and local office. His specialty is working with coalition organizations to develop strategies to reach voters on issues they care about most.

Jon’s involvement in public policy has taken him to the Philippines with the American Council of Young Political Leaders, where he met with elected officials to discuss issues such as economic development, counter-terrorism and energy development.

With degrees in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security, his passion is working with first responders to create public policy that meshes emerging technologies with protecting civil rights & privacy.

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Authored Publications

  • Balancing State & Local Power image

    Balancing State & Local Power

    Our Founding Fathers outlined their vision of how the government should be structured in the Federalist Papers and later enshrined it in the U.S. Constitution, hoping their design allowed each…

  • The Levers of Power in Local Government image

    The Levers of Power in Local Government

    Though different in each state, municipal government in the United States is extremely important to the understanding of federalism. The genius of the Founders’ federalism was in diffusing…

  • Federalism, Dillon Rule and Home Rule image

    Federalism, Dillon Rule and Home Rule

    Every local government is governed by their respective states by two legal definitions, The Dillon Rule or Home Rule. Regardless of which legal definition a local government falls under, both…

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