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Published in the Mineral Wells Index, front page editorial, July 11, 2003 issue:

Kirsch makes GOP Honor Roll

Battle with FDA over company product spurred political change, activism

by David May, Index Editor


A battle with the government over one of her company’s product lines resulted in a political conversion for Tracey Kirsch and the beginning of her ongoing involvement and support of the Republican Party.

It has also earned two national party awards this year, the latest naming the president of Mineral Wells’ Electromedical Products International, Inc. to the 2003 Republican Chairman’s Honor Roll by the National Republican Congressional Committee.

The recognition honors Kirsch, who serves as co-chair of the committee’s Business Advisory Council, for “service and support in keeping teh White House and Congress in Republican control,” according to an NRCC press release.

With the honor, Kirsch’s name will go on display at the Republican Party’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. and qualifies her to receive the committee’s highest honor, the prestigious Republican Gold Medal. Those honorees will be announced later this year.

 

Tracey Kirsch is shown with then Gov. George Bush during his 1998 visit to Mineral Wells. Kirsch this week was named to the National Republican Congressional Committee’s 2003 Republican Chairman’s Honor Roll.

“I’m excited about it,” said Kirsch, who runs the22-year-old company that makes and markets electronic nerve stimulation devices based on technology developed by her husband and company chairman, Dr. Daniel Kirsch. “It’s nice to be a part of the Republican ideas, agenda and awareness.” The Kirsch’s moved the company to Mineral Wells nine years ago from Los Angeles. They brought to market a new neurological stimulation product designed as an alternative depression therapy. The product initially received Food and Drug Administration approval, but the FDA later tried to pull the product from the market.

The Kirsches fought back and eventually the FDA withdrew.

“Because of the FDA problems, that’s what began our political activism,” she said. “That’s when we decided you have to make your voice heard. We would have been out of buisness if we’d just rolled over.”

Kirsch said she was raised a Democrat. She said she likes the Republican Party because “it’s a business-friendly party.”

Earlier this year, the NRCC bestowed the honor of 2003 Businesswoman of the Year upon Kirsch. Locally, she has served as the first female chair of the Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce and has chaired the Brazos Valley Chapter of the Texas Association of Businesses and Chambers of Commerce. She is a member of the Palo Pinto County Republican Women’s Club and has previously served on the board of Hope, Inc.

With Republican tickets carrying Palo Pinto County in the 2000 presidential election and teh 2002 gubernatorial election, Kirsch said she sees a day when the county might elect its first local Republican officeholder.

“We hope so,” she said. “We are trying to recruit. We need more people to spread the word.”

Tracey Kirsch is shown with then Gov. George Bush during his 1998 visit to Mineral Wells. Kirsch this week was named to the National Republican Congressional Committee’s 2003 Republican Chairman’s Honor Roll.

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