Jon Huntsman for President [website]
1815 Elm Street,
Manchester, NH ...national headquarters from Oct. 1, 2011
initially 255 South Orange Avenue, Suite 600, Orlando, FL 32801 ...opening event June 23, 2011; closed Oct. 1, 2011
also satellite office in Utah
Horizon PAC (H-PAC) was a state-based PAC set up independently while Huntsman was Ambassador; Huntsman resigned as Ambassador effective April 30, 2011; on May 2, 2011 a federal PAC was formed and filed with the FEC. Huntsman announced his candidacy on June 21, 2011, and filed statement of organization with the FEC on July 7, 2011.
Senior Advisor John Weaver
Through to his resignation in July 2007 Weaver was
chief strategist on John McCain 2008. In 2002 Weaver moved to
Manhattan and switched to the Democratic Party. He worked for
years, on numerous races, as a Republican political consultant based in
San Antonio, Texas. Political director on Sen. McCain's 2000
presidential campaign. National field director on Sen. Phil
Gramm's 1996 presidential campaign; after Gramm withdrew he joined
Lamar Alexander's campaign. Executive director of the Texas
Republican Party. Worked on Bill Clements' successful
gubernatorial campaign in 1986. Deputy campaign manager of Phil
Gramm's successful 1984 Senate race. Graduate of Texas A&M
University. Native of Kermit, Texas (near Odessa).
Campaign Manager Matt David
(succeeded Susie Wiles (+)
the latter half of 2005. Deputy director of rapid
response on Bush-Cheney '04. George Mason University School of
Law/University of Tulsa College of Law. Undergraduate degree from
University of the Ozarks, 2001.
Deputy Campaign Manager Rob Wasinger
Candidate for Congress in
KS-1 in 2010, losing in the primary. Campaign manager on Sam
Brownback's presidential campaign, 2007. Chief of staff in
Brownback's Senate office; joined Brownback's staff in 1996.
assistant for Kansas Senate Majority Leader Jerry Moran.
services representative for Gov. Bill Graves. Degree in economics
from Harvard University, 1994. From Hays.
Deputy Campaign Manager (focus on policy, based
in Utah) Neil Ashdown
(announced July 1, 2011) Chief of staff to
Huntsman when he was Ambassador and key advisor to him through his
tenure as Governor. Chief economist and deputy director for the
Governor's Office of Planning and Budget to Gov. Michael O.
Leavitt. Ph.D. from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public
Affairs and Policy at the State University of New York in Albany.
Master's and bachelor's degrees from the University of Utah.
Campaign Chairman Tom Loeffler
(announced Sept. 9, 2011; with the campaign from the
Co-chairman at GrayLoeffler, LLC, a global business consulting and
government affairs strategies firm. General co-chairman and
national finance chairman for John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign
to May 2008. Roles on many other campaigns including national
finance chairman of Phil Gramm for President, 1996. Principal
coordinator for Central America in the White House Office of
Legislative Affairs, 1987. Unsuccessful candidate for Governor of
Texas. Served four terms in Congress, 1979-87, representing
TX-21 CD. Special Assistant for Legislative Affairs to President
R. Ford. Chief legislative counsel to Sen. John Tower,
1972-74. J.D. from University of Texas Law School, 1971; B.B.A.
from the University of Texas at Austin, 1968.
Political Director Chris Allen
In Jan. 2010 Allen formed formed Founders Partnership,
a political consulting firm based on Sullivans Island, SC.
Managing director at Dyke and Associates in the latter part of
2009. Assistant in the office of the CEO at Greystar Real Estate
Partners, 2007-09. Field director on McCain's 2008 South Carolina
campaign, started with McCain's Straight Talk America in July
2006 through to July 2007. Aide to Gov. Mark Sanford,
2003-06. Graduate of Clemson University, 2003. Greenville
Deputy Political Director Greg Hartley
(started July 2011; moved back to Utah after HQ move
to NH, now only
advising) Consulting at Hartley & Associates from Nov.
2007. Special assistant for government affairs in the Governor's
Office of Economic Development, Dec. 2008-July 2011. Campaign
manager on Bridgewater for Senate, Nov. 2009-July 2010. Campaign
manager on Huntsman's re-election campaign, De. 2007-Dec. 2008.
Policy coordinator and director of gubernatorial appointments in the
Office of Gov. Huntsman, Jan. 2005-Dec. 2007.
Deputy Communications Director Jake Suski
(first reported Feb. 2011) In 2010 Suski was spokesman on Chris Dudley's 2010 campaign for governor of Oregon, after serving as communications director on Rick Snyder's primary race for governor in Michigan. Deputy communications director in the Schwarzenegger administration. Worked on John McCain's primary campaign. Worked on Arnold Schwarzenegger's 2006 re-election campaign. Degree in political science from UC Davis, 2005. From Northern California. twitter
Press Secretary Tim Miller
(first reported Feb. 2011) Previously lead
digital communications strategist in the Public Affairs division at the
Glover Park Group, from July 2009. Communications strategist at
Berman and Company, 2007-09. Iowa communications director for
John McCain, 2006-mid-2007. Communications director on Jeff
Lamberti for Congress, 2006. Political director on Bill Dix for
Congress, 2005-06. Field on Jerry Kilgore for Governor,
2005. Graduate of The George Washington University, 2004. twitter
Rapid Response Director Matt Connelly
(started as a communications advisor on H-PAC)
Deputy press secretary to Gov. Schwarzenegger, June-Dec. 2010.
Deputy press secretary on Steve Poizner for Governor, June 2009-June
2010. Communications manager in the Office of Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger, 2008-09. Six months as deputy newsroom manager at
Freedom's Watch. Worked on John McCain's campaign in 2007
starting as war room intern, then as deputy war room manager.
Bachelor's degree in politics from the Catholic University of
TV/Radio and Regional Media Lisa Roskelley
Did public relations and political communications
consulting as Roskelley & Associates from Oct. 2009.
Communications director/spokeswoman for then Gov. Huntsman.
Reporter for the Standard-Examiner
(Ogden, UT), 2002-05. M.P.A. from the University of Utah, 2006;
B.A. in communication/journalism from Weber State University, 2001.
Senior Advisor for Communications Ben
(announced Sept. 9, 2011) A partner of Outside
Eyes, a consulting
firm specializing in public strategy and crisis management.
National spokesman for VP response and senior advisor for the
McCain-Palin campaign in Fall 2008. Press secretary to House
Majority Leader Tom DeLay. Public affairs specialist in the
Office of Public Affairs at the Department of Justice.
A spokesman for
Bush-Cheney '04, then a spokesman for the Presidential Inaugural
Committee. M.B.A. from University of Southern California's
Marshall School of Business, 2008. Undergraduate degree from
Bradley University, 2002.
Director Jack Wagner
Research Director Kristopher Anderson
Director of strategic communications in the office of
Majority Whip, Jan.-May 2011. Research director and deputy
communications director on Carly for California, July-Nov. 2010.
Senior advisor for research on Steve Poizner for Governor campaign in
California, 2009-June 2010. Research manager at the U.S. Chamber
of Commerce's Global Intellectual Property Center. Senior
research analyst at the RNC, 2007-08. Policy analyst on
Californians for Schwarzenegger 2006.
GenH is the campaign's youth and young professionals
program...Sept. 15 "The program has 139 campus chapters in 42 states
and is growing rapidly."
National Chair of GenH Jeb Bush Jr.
Aug. 10, 2011)
COO of Jeb Bush & Associates ("JBA"), as well as President of Bush
Realty, LLC. Chairman of the board for SunPAC.
GenH Director Zach Howell
Sept. 15, 2011) Chairman of the College Republican
National Committee, June 2009-Aug. 2, 2011. Graduate of the
University of Utah. Native of Sandy, UT.
National Hispanic Chairperson Ana Navarro
(announced Aug. 10, 2011) National co-chair of John McCain's Hispanic Advisory Council and a frequent national press and speaking surrogate for the McCain 2008 campaign. Starting in 1999 represented clients on federal issues, particularly related to immigration, trade, and policy affecting Central America. Served on Gov. Jeb Bush's transition team and was briefly director of immigration policy in the executive office of the governor. J.D. degree in 1997. B.A. degress in Latin American studies and political science from University of Miami, 1993. Born in Nicaragua.
Policy Director Mark McIntosh
(announced July 8, 2011) Most recently served as
counsel at Boyden Gray & Associates in Washington, D.C., where he
provided guidance on energy and natural resource issues, from May
2010. Legal advisor to ClientEarth, a London and Brussels-based
NGO; founder and managing director of EcoSport Strategies. Deputy
general counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
2008-09. Senior operations officer for the Pew Environment Group,
2005-08. President for seven years of an international
organization focused on marine conservation efforts. served in
the Executive Office of the President under George W. Bush. J.D.
(environmental law) from Pace University School of Law, 1996.
Economic Director Jennifer Pollom
A counsel to the Senator Republican Policy Committee,
member for the Senate Budget Committee, 2005-07.
Policy Chair C. Boyden Gray
(reported by Time's
Policy Advisor Campbell Marshall
B.A. in public policy from Duke University, 2002.
Business Advisory Council
Sept. 14, 2011) Chaired by John
Mack; members include Gary
Loveman, Phil Knight
and Tom Bell. ("...will
provide the campaign with
counsel and advice on issues related to the economy, business and
jobs.") (additions announced
Oct. 25, 2011) Craig McCaw,
Susan McCaw and Jim Swartz.
Senior Finance Director Ann Woods Herberger
(announced Sept. 9, 2011) Senior finance
consultant/national outreach on Pawlenty for President. President
Woods Herberger Group, Inc., a
Miami-based fundraising consulting business whose client list
has included the
RNC, RPOF, RGA, NRSC, Congressional Medal of Honor Society,
Republican Institute, Bush-Cheney 2000/2004, Foundation for
Florida’s Future, Inc., Foundation for Excellence in Education,
Romney for President, Inc., The Diaz-Balart Florida Victory
The 2008 Congressional Trust as well as McCain-Palin Victory 2008,
Senator John Thune for U.S. Senate, NRCC, Marco Rubio for U.S.
Senate and Boehner for Speaker
Committee among others. In addition, Ann’s has
served as the Bush
family fundraiser (President George W. Bush, President George
& Governor Jeb Bush) in Florida for the past 13 years.
Deputy Finance Director Cara Mason
(May 2011) Finance director on Rossi for Senate,
Regional finance director at the NRSC, 2009-July 2010. BUILD-PAC
manager at the National
Association of Home
Builders, 2007-09. Account representative at Commonwealth
Consultants, 2006-07. Legislative correspondent to U.S. Rep. Jo
Ann Emerson, 2005-06. B.S. in administrative management from
Missouri State University, 2004 (first two years at Lindenwood
Deputy Finance Director Allyson Schmeiser
(May 2011) BUILD-PAC manager at the National Association of Home Builders, Sept. 2010-April 2011. Deputy director of Team 100 and Republican Regents at the RNC, 2009-10. Director of major donor programs at GOPAC, 2009. Regional finance coordinator on McCain-Palin Victory 2008, June-Nov. 2008. B.A. in public policy from The George Washington University, 2008. Originally from Iowa.
Finance Chair Jeff Wright
(reported by The
Salt Lake Tribune's Thomas Burr on Aug. 1, 2011) Managing
director and a founding partner of Actium Partners LLC, a Salt Lake
City investment firm. Also, a principal and founder of
Struck/Axiom Integrated Marketing Agency, based in Salt Lake
City. Bachelors degrees in history and political science from the
University of Utah.
Advisor Jim McCray
(had been lead finance consultant following departure
of Kevin Curran; National
Journal reported shift to national advisor role on Sept. 9,
Managing partner at Highwood Capital, LLC since Feb.
national finance director at John McCain 2008 in 2007. General
counsel to Sen. Conrad Burns, 2004-06. Corporate attorney at Dow
Lohnes, PLLC, 2003-04. Corporate attorney in M&A, private
equity/finance at Dorsey & Whitney, LLP, 2000-03. J.D. from
Vanderbilt University Law School, 2000. B.A. in political science
and communications from Montana State University-Bozeman, 1997.
Operations Director Conyers Davis
(announced July 1, 2011) Head of operations and
deputy director for campaigning for the UK Conservative Party's
national campaign team, started in Nov. 2008. Assistant Secretary
for International Trade for the Business, Transportation and Housing
Agency, State of California. Deputy director of advance for Gov.
Schwarzenegger starting in 2007; deputy director of advance on
Californians for Schwarzenegger, 2006; advance rep. for Schwarzenegger,
2005-06. Staffer in the Office of International Affairs at
the Department of Homeland Security, 2004-05. Confidential
assistant to the assistant attorney general for the tax division in the
U.S. Department of Justice, 2003-04.
Deputy Director of Operations Anne Marie
(May 2011) Founder and principal at The Harbour
Group, an incident management and
strategic communications consulting firm, from Jan. 2009.
Director of strategic communications at the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security, Nov. 2006-Jan. 2009. Press secretary for the U.S. Small
Business Administration, 2005-06. Lead advance representative for
Bush-Cheney '04, 2003-04. Deputy press secretary, legislative
correspondent to U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, 2003. Spokesperson and
legislative aide in the SC State House, 2001-02. B.A. in
journalism and mass communications from University of South
Director of Scheduling/Senior Trip Coordinator/Advance Representative Danielle Duncan
(May 2011) Executive assistant at the Florida
Department of Transportation Jan.-May 2011. Southwest Florida
field director and earlier Northeast Florida assistant field director
on Rick Scott for Florida, 2010, then worked on the inaugural
committee. B.S. from University of North Florida.
Director of Political Operations and Surrogate
(July 2011) Founding executive director of
Teneo, a network of
young professionals interested in civil society and public policy,
Sept. 2009-July 2011. Personal aide to Gov. Mark Sanford, June
2008-Sept. 2009. B.A. in political science from Furman
Media Buying Kyle Roberts
(reported by Chris Cillizza March 24, 2011)
President of Smart Media
Group in Alexandria, VA, which he established in 2005; he has more
than a decade of experience in planning and placing media. In
2008 Smart Media Group was the official media buying agency for the
McCain-Palin campaign and the RNC. B.A. in history from Manhattan
Colleg in Bronx, NY. Originally from northern New Jersey.
Member Relations Allen Shofe
Vice president of government affairs for Emergent
BioSolutions. Previously director of federal government relations
at Eli Lilly and Company. Shofe has more than 15 years experience in
government relations and government affairs at the Federal and state
levels, as well as in the international arena. B.A. in international
relations/diplomacy at the University of Minnesota and an LL.M, Master
of Laws from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom.
Legal Counsel/Treasurer Craig Engle
Partner at Arent Fox LLP and founder of the firm's
Political Law Group. General Counsel to the NRSC from
1995-2000. Executive assistant to a Commissioner at the FEC,
1986-1995. JD from Georgetown University Law Center, 1985; B.A.
from University of Cincinnati, 1982.
Former Gov. Tom Ridge (announced Sept. 16, 2011)
Pollster Whit Ayres
(reported by Chris Cillizza April 20, 2011) Founder and President of Ayres, McHenry & Associates, President of the American Association of Political Consultants, and co-founder (with former RNC Chair Ed Gillespie) of Resurgent Republic. Ayres' firm has provided polling for dozens of campaigns and corporate clients since the early 1990s. Before establishing the firm, Ayres served as senior executive assistant for budget and policy to Gov. Carroll Campbell in South Carolina and has served as a tenured member of the political science faculty at the University of South Carolina. Undergraduate degree from Davidson college in North Carolina; M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Headquarters: 1815 Elm Street,
Advisor (running campaign day to
day) Sarah Crawford Stewart
(reported as senior consultant on Aug. 16, 2011; by the end of Aug. 2011 took over day to day from initial state director Ethan Elion, whom Huntsman fired) Senior advisor to Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC (announced June 2010), then state director of Pawlenty for President through to end of campaign on Aug. 14, on leave from b-fresh consulting, LLC, which she founded in 2008. Deputy campaign manager on John McCain's 2008 NH primary campaign; started in Dec. 2006 as deputy political director, New England region. Communications director at The Dennehy Group, started there in June 2004. Eastern region manager for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, based in Rhode Island. Worked on coalitions for Craig Benson's 2002 gubernatorial campaign. Assistant to the executive director at the NRCC. Helped set up McCain's Straight Talk America leadership PAC after the campaign. Field organizer on McCain's 2000 NH primary campaign. B.A. in American history from the University of Vermont.
Campaign Manager Matt Flanders
(reported by NH Journal on July 18, 2011) New Hampshire state director for ONE. Regional special projects director on McCain-Palin 2008; served as field coordinator for Sullivan, Grafton and Coos counties during McCain's NH primary campaign. Staffer on Chuck Blasdel for Congress in Ohio's 6th CD in 2006. Graduate of Drew University, 2006. Concord, New Hampshire native.
Director Matt Chisholm
working as a consultant in Michigan. Director
volunteers on Rick Snyder's successful 2010 gubernatorial
campaign. Chisholm has also worked as a wireless sales
consultant. In 2008 he worked for the Ohio Republican Party, the
Michigan Republican Party and on a state representative race.
Attended Saginaw Valley State University.
Coalitions Director Matthew Bartlett
the campaign, Bartlett worked for the
ONE campaign as senior manager for field training and development in
Washington, DC. He was involved
with ONE Vote ’08 during the 2008 New Hampshire primary; joined
ONE in August 2006 as a regional field organizer. Attended
Fairfield University in Connecticut. New Hampshire native.
2011; reported by WMUR-TV on May 10)
Levoff started on Horizon PAC. In 2010 he served in
communications roles on three campaigns: Chris Cox for Congress
(Jan.-July); Rick Snyder for Michigan (June-Aug.); Strickland for
Controller in California (Aug.-Dec.). Deputy press secretary on
Bloomberg for Mayor 2009. Press officer in the Mayor's Office,
2007-08. Public information officer for the New York City Police
Department, 2005-07. B.A. in business and communications from
Fordham University, 2005.
B.A. in history from New England
B.A. in political science from New England
B.A. in political science from the
Connecticut, 2011. Provencher had experience on three previous NH
John DiStaso on March 29, 2011) In
the 2010 cycle he served as senior political strategist on businessman
Bill Binnie's U.S. Senate campaign for about four months, then managed
Sean Mahoney's unsuccessful bid for the 1st CD seat in the Sept. 2010
primary. Executive director of the NH Republican Party,
1999. Managed John E. Sununu's congressional and Senate
campaigns, 1996 through Jan. 2009. Managed Pete Wilson's brief NH
primary effort (summer 1995), then when he withdrew served as state
director on Steve Forbes NH campaign (from Oct. 1995). District
director to Rep. Charlie Bass to July 1995. During the
Administration of President George H. W. Bush, when Sununu was chief of
staff, he served as Deputy Director of the Office of National Services
(1,000 points of light) and then Special Assistant to the President for
Political Affairs. Worked for John H. Sununu starting in 1982,
serving key roles on his three campaigns for governor and as a
gubernatorial aide. NH political director on Pete du Pont's NH
primary campaign (announced July 17, 1987; started Aug. 1).
John DiStaso on March 29, 2011)
Field director on Charlie Bass' fall campaign in the 1st CD after
serving as deputy campaign manager on the Mahoney campaign.
Chaired Sen. McCain's 2008 and 2000 New Hampshire primary campaigns. Elected Merrimack County Commissioner (one of three) in Nov. 2010 after an unsucessful campaign for Executive Council (lost Sept. 2010 primary to Dan St. Hilaire). Executive Councilor (District Two) from 1983-2006 (ten terms, lost to John Shea). Vice President for Community Relations with Providian National Bank in Concord. A Merrimack County Commissioner from 1970-92 (one of three). B.A. from the University of New Hampshire in 1966. New Hampshire native; grew up in Bradford, NH. Resident of Hopkinton, NH.
Consultant Paul Chevalier
A life member
of Portsmouth Emerson Hovey VFW Post
168. Part of the Veterans for McCain leadership in the 2007-08
New Hampshire primary campaign.
Consultant Richard Brothers
Commissioner of Employment Security, appointed
by Gov. Craig Benson, appointed Nov. 2004, started Dec. served to 2009.
Rockingham County Leadership Team
Nov. 18, 2011)
Co-Chairs New Hampshire State Senator Nancy Stiles, businesswoman Renee Riedel-Plummer, and Rockingham County Commissioner Maureen Barrows
Gene Schneider (Atkinson) - Adrienne Starrs (Danville) - John Maurice (Derry) - Maureen Barrows (Exeter) - Joseph A. Fredericks (Greenland) - Gail Witham (Hampstead) - Rep. Jim Waddell (Hampton) - Jason Tucker (Hampton Falls) - Senator Nancy Stiles (Hampton) - Greg Lynch (Kingston) - Carolyn Cloutier (New Castle) - Benjamin Freidlin (Newfields) - Rep. Adam Robert Schroadter (Newmarket) - Daniel Silverman (North Hampton) - Shannan Brown (Northwood) - Renee Riedel-Plummer (Portsmouth) - Bradley Lown (Portsmouth) - Eduardo J. Lopez-Reyes and Marie A. Lopez-Reyes (Portsmouth) - Tasha Olsen (Portsmouth) - Harry McClard (Raymond) - Ray Tweedie (Rye) - Former Rep. Jane Langley (Rye) - Nancy Stickney (Salem) - Mike Flathers (Salem) - Selectman Brenda Copp (Sandown) - Maggie Glover (Stratham) - Glenn Waugaman (Windham).
New Hampshire Job Creators for Jon Huntsman
(announced Oct. 31, 2011) Co-Chairs Renee Riedel-Plummer, Jim Tibbetts and David Currier
Nov. 10, 2011) leadership team headed by Robert Johnson, chairman of the
New Hampshire College Republican Federation.
by Current Elected Officials
(announced July 21, 2011)
State Rep. Julie Brown of Rochester (Strafford District 1)
State Rep. Jim Waddell of Hampton (Rockingham District 15)
State Rep. Adam Schroadter of Newmarket (Rockingham District 12)
(announced Sept. 13, 2011)
State Rep. Rick Ladd of Haverhill (Grafton District 5)
State Rep. David Knox of Wolfeboro (Carroll District 4)
State Rep. Jeff St. Cyr of Alton (Belknap District 5)
(announced Oct. 21, 2011)
State Rep. David H. Kidder of New London (Merrimack District 1) reported Oct. 9, 2011
State Rep. David Robbins of Nashua (Hillsborough District 26)
State Rep. Carolyn Gargasz of Hollis (Hillsborough District 5)
State Rep. Richard Drisko of Hollis (Hillsborough District 5)
State Rep. Priscilla Lockwood of Canterbury (Merrimack District 6)
State Rep. Peter Bolster of Alton (Belknap District 5)
(announced Oct. 25, 2011)
State Sen. Nancy Stiles (District 24, Hampton)
From Franklin, NH. In the 2008 primary served as a member of John McCain's New Hampshire Veterans Advisory Committee; in the 2004 general he was part of the Bush-Cheney '04 New Hampshire Education Leadership Team. Served in the U.S. Navy.
July 19, 2011) From Moultonborough. Experience includes
five years as Speaker of the House of Representatives (1959-64) and
four years as President of the State Senate (1965-69), service as an
Assistant Secretary of Commerce in the Nixon Administration, and roles
on the Barry Goldwater and Nixon campaigns.
Laconia Citizen (Jan. 6, 2012)
Boston Globe [MA] (Jan. 6, 2012)
Eagle Times [Claremont] (Jan. 5, 2012)
The New Hampshire ...UNH student newspaper (Jan. 5, 2012)
Monadnock Ledger-Transcript (Dec. 28, 2011)
Concord Monitor (Dec. 22, 2011)
Keene Sentinel (Dec. 18, 2011)
The Valley News (Dec. 18, 2011)
(Horizon PAC-NH filed with the Secretary of State's office on April 14, 2011)... Chairman Wally Stickney
(reported by John DiStaso on April 14, 2011) Chairman of Municipal Resources, Inc. of Meredith. Thirty-year career in government through 1993, including director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) during the George H.W. Bush administration. B.S. in Civil Engineering from New England College, a Masters in Engineering from Northeastern University and a M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School.
State Director Ethan Eilon
Deputy campaign manager on the Buck for Colorado U.S. Senate campaign in Colorado, 2010. Manager of politcal and grassroots affairs at the David All Group, 2009-10. Executive director of the College Republican National Committee. Victory organizational director for Bush-Cheney '04 in Colorado. Degree in history from the University of Denver, 2007. Chicago native.
Gervais St., Columbia, SC
State Director Joel
(reported by CNN on May 23, 2011) Sawyer served as executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party in the 2010 cycle starting in an interim capacity in Feb. 2010 and continuing through May 23, 2011. He worked for Gov. Mark Sanford for six and a half years, leaving as communications director on Aug. 5, 2009 to found New Level Strategies. Earlier he worked as a reporter for the Spartanburg Herald-Journal.
(CNN in a
Jan. 31, 2011 article quoted Quinn, "I stand
ready to help if he runs." The article noted Quinn organized a
meeting of then-Gov. Huntsman with SC Republicans in Columbia way back
in Feb. 2009) Principal of Richard Quinn and Associates,
consulting firm based in Columbia. South Carolina consultant for
McCain's 2008 campaign and lead South Carolina strategist for McCain's
2000 campaign. Consultant to Sen. Phil Gramm's (R-TX) 1996
campaign in South Carolina.
Political Director for the Carolinas Adam Piper
(announced June 28, 2011) Public affairs director at the South Carolina Attorney General's office, from Jan. 2011, after serving as campaign manager on Alan Wilson for Attorney General, 2010. Of counsel at Richard Quinn & Associates from March 2008. South Carolina campaign manager on Huckabee for President. Grassroots coordinator on Americans for Prosperity-SC. Campaign manager on Campbell for Lt. Governor, 2005-06. Political director on State Sen. Russ Potts 2005 gubernatorial campaign in Virginia. Grassroots director on Beasley for Senate, 2004. B.A. in political science from University of South Carolina, 2006. Piper is also a state vice chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party, elected in 2009 and unanimously re-elected in 2011.
State Sen. John Courson (District 20-Columbia)
(reported by CNN on April 18, 2011) In the 2008 cycle Courson was an early McCain supporter (announced as a legislative co-chair on Aug. 30, 2006). First elected to the South Carolina Senate in 1984, and has served there continuously since then. Senior Vice President of KeenanSuggs Insurance. State Chairman or State Treasurer on Sen. Strom Thurmond’s last three re-election campaigns. Active in the presidential campaigns of George H.W. Bush in 1988, and George W. Bush in 2000. Republican National Committeeman for South Carolina. Chair of Reagan’s 1980 and 1984 campaign committees in South Carolina; Reagan delegate to two national conventions; one of South Carolina's presidential electors for Reagan. Graduate of the University of South Carolina, 1968.
Mike Campbell, the youngest son of the late Gov. Caroll A. Campbell, announced his support for Huntsman on May 16, 2011. He served as South Carolina chairman for Mike Huckabee in the 2008 primary campaign. In June 2006, Campbell won a three-way primary for Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina by 8%, before narrowly losing in a run-off two weeks later to the incumbent. Businessman. Founded, in 2003, and is president and CEO of Palmetto International, LLC, which represents and secures projects for companies to participate in the reconstruction efforts in Iraq. Founded, in 2002, and president and CEO of the Crescent Group Inc., a business development-consulting firm specializing in government relations. Co-owned a successful chain of 19 Wendy’s fast food restaurants located throughout South Carolina. Director for business development and governmental affairs at Quovadx. Co-founding shareholder in TeleQuest Corporation. Vice president of marketing and business development for Banc Plus Corporation. Worked in the hospitality industry. Experience on many South Carolina campaigns; volunteered on Ronald Reagan's campaign in 1980 at age 12.
In addition, Iris Campbell, wife of the late Gov. Campbell, and eldest son Carroll Campbell III endorsed Huntsman at a press conference in Greenville on July 12, 2011. Former Gov. Campbell chief of staff Bob McAlister joined them for the event.
the Republican nomination for governor
in 2010 finishing third in the June primary. Served two terms as
Attorney General of South Carolina, elected in 2002 and re-elected in
2006. Chairman of the Republican Party, 1993-2002.
Republican nominee for Lt. Governor in 1990, losing to the
incumbent. Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in 1986; defeated
by incumbent Fritz Holings. U.S. Attorney for the District of
South Carolina, 1981-85. J.D. from the University of South
Carolina School of Law, 1973; bachelor's degree in history from the
University of South Carolina, 1969.
The State (Jan. 15, 2012)
South Carolina Finance Team
Aug. 25, 2011)
Honorary Chair Bill Stern of Columbia
President and CEO of Stern and Stern Commercial Development. He served on the Graham for Senate Finance Committee in 2002, as the Sanford for Governor Finance Committee Chairman in 2006, as the South Carolina Inaugural Committee Chairman in 2006, and on the McCain 2008 Finance Committee.
Gayle Averyt of
Columbia - Matt Devine of Greenville - Bob and
Tracey Doran of Charleston - Hank Holliday of
Charleston - John S. Rainey of Camden - John
Sowards of Columbia - John B. White, Jr. of Spartanburg
- Vivian Wong of Greenville - Anita Zucker of Charleston
Political director Chris Allen
is from South Carolina, and South Carolina
experience of pollster Whit Ayres.
Midlands Field Director Delinda Ridings
Orange Avenue, Suite 600, Orlando, FL 32801
Director Nikki Jerger Lowrey
on May 18, 2011 ) According to the Sentinel Lowrey had been slated to
be the state director for Haley Barbour. Public relations and
government affairs consulting since March 2009. Director of
external relations at InnoVida, 2008-09. Deputy chief of state
Florida FEMA, 2005-08. Director of external affairs in the office
of Gov. Jeb Bush, 2003-05. A regional coordinator on Gov. Jeb
Bush's 2003 re-election campaign. President of Jerger
Communications, Inc, 1997-2002. Director of government affairs
for the St. Petersburg Suncoast Association of Realtors, 1996-97.
Public relations specialist for PARC, 1994-96. B.A. in
communications/public relations from Southern Methodist University,
Consultant David "DJ" Johnson
June 20, 2011 by Hotline OnCall) Runs
the David Johnson Group LLC, since Feb. 2003. Executive director
of the Republican Party of Florida, 2001-03. Partner at Tidewater
Consulting, Inc, 1999-2001.
(reported June 20, 2011 by Hotline OnCall) President at Landmarc Strategies, Inc. since Jan. 2004. A Florida advisor on Mitt Romney's 2008 campaign. Director of Consensus Communications' Tallahassee office. Managed Katherine Harris' campaign for Florida Secretary of State in 1998.Worked on Rudy Giuliani's 1997 mayoral re-election campaign.Served as State Sen. Anna Cowin’s chief of staff for a year; managed Cowin's 1996 campaign. Florida field director for Lamar Alexander’s 1996 presidential campaign.
(reported June 20, 2011 by Hotline OnCall) Partner at Purple Strategies.
Jeb Bush Jr.
Aug. 10, 2011; GenH is the campaign's youth
and young professionals outreach program)
COO of Jeb Bush & Associates ("JBA"), as well as President of Bush
Realty, LLC. Chairman of the board for SunPAC.
Aug. 10, 2011) National co-chair of
John McCain's Hispanic Advisory Council and a frequent national press
and speaking surrogate for the McCain 2008 campaign. Starting in
1999 represented clients on federal issues, particularly related to
immigration, trade, and policy affecting Central America. Served
on Gov. Jeb Bush's transition team and was briefly director of
immigration policy in the executive office of the governor. J.D.
degree in 1997. B.A. degrees in Latin American studies and
political science from University of Miami, 1993. Born in
Endorsements by Current Elected Officials
(announced Aug. 17, 2011)
State Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff (District 25, Fort Lauderdale) +
Coral Gables Mayor and former U.S. Ambassador Jim Cason +
(announced Sept. 29, 2011)
State Senator Rene Garcia (District 40, Hileah)
State Senator Paula Dockery (District 15, Lakeland)
Longwood Mayor Joe Durso
Florida connection: Huntsman's wife attended Cherokee Junior High in Orlando before moving to Utah.
Deputy State Director Kathryn (Kathy) Salerno
I-4 Corridor Field Director Brigitta Johnson
July 7, 2011) Real estate developer, entrepreneur, attorney, and
political activist. Currently serves as chairman of Specialty
Hospitals of America, LLC and chairman and CEO of New Boston Fund,
Inc. In 2002, he ran for the Massachusetts Republican nomination
for Lt. Governor. Chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party
and a member of the RNC from 1992-97. Republican nominee for U.S.
Senator from Massachusetts in 1990. In 1985, Rappaport was
elected chairman of the Mass Taxpayers Committee, an organization that
provided political education for fiscally responsible Massachusetts
legislators. He has been a well-known fund-raiser for Republicans
throughout the country, and has served as a regional chair of the
Republican National Committee Finance Committee and was national
finance chair for Kasich 2000, the presidential committee.
Member NE Regional Finance Team Rice Powell
Jonathan Martin. "Jon Huntsman 2012 campaign: Inside the drama." Politico, August 4, 2011.
Jonathan Martin. "Struggling Huntsman reorganizes." Politico. September 9, 2011.
29, 2011 the campaign went a step further
in its reorganization, opting to move its headquarters to New
Hampshire. Campaign manager Matt David's statement: "As evidenced
by recent polling Jon Huntsman's support with New
Hampshire voters continues to grow every day and this move will ensure
that we have the
resources necessary to win the First in the Nation primary. Success in
New Hampshire is vital for our campaign to have the momentum we need to
succeed in South Carolina, Florida, and the states that follow."
Staff in FL before move to NH included Sarah Reidy (national director of scheduling), Rob Jakubik (special assistant to the campaign manager).
>On Sept. 9, 2011 the campaign announced in a press release, "In addition to adding senior leadership, [campaign manager Matt] David announced that the Huntsman campaign is reassigning staff from the Florida campaign headquarters to New Hampshire, a move reflective of the diminished importance of Florida’s 'P5', and the campaign’s focus on success in New Hampshire."
of Herberger coincided with the move of lead finance consultant Jim McCray
to "national advisor" role and the exit of
finance consultant Monica Notzon. Southeast finance director Caroline Wren worked on the campaign for about five months to Oct. 2011
Hampshire State Director
begining of the campaign; fired late Aug.
campaign manager on the Buck for Colorado U.S.
Senate campaign in Colorado, 2010. Manager of politcal and
grassroots affairs at the David All Group, 2009-10. Executive
director of the College Republican National Committee. Victory
organizational director for Bush-Cheney '04 in Colorado. Degree
in history from the University of Denver, 2007. Chicago native.
Hampshire Director of Operations Jason
2011) Director of operations on Linda
McMahon for U.S.
Senate, 2010. Advance on the McCain campaign in 2008.
Bachelor's degree in communications from University of Connecticut,
Media Fred Davis
pre-campaign to late Aug. 2011 when he
left for the pro-Huntsman
Our Destiny PAC) Strategic
Inc., Hollywood, CA. Part of the creative team on
McCain-Palin and Bush-Cheney '04. Davis' first presidential
campaign was Morry Taylor's longshot bid in 1996; he did his first
political work for his uncle Jim Inhofe in 1974.
Trip Director Lanny Wiles
Principal at Wiles Consulting, Inc.; has offices in Ponte Verde, FL and Washington, DC; over 35 years in government relations and political affairs including five presidential campaigns. Senior counselor at The Advocacy Group of Cardenas Partners, from Jan. 2011. Tour director on Rick Scott's 2010 campaign for governor of Florida and senior advisor to the inauguration. Tour director on Sen. John McCain's 2000 presidential bid. Senior advisor on Phil Gramm's 1995-96 presidential campaign. Tour director for Dan Quayle on the 1988 vice presidential campaign; a senior advisor on Jack Kemp's 1987-88 presidential campaign. Started with Reagan on his 1976 presidential campaign and continued to do advance during the Reagan administration. Worked in his father's printing business. Attended North Carolina State University. Native of Wilkes County, NC. Jacksonville, FL resident; Susie's husband.
Scheduler Alysia Barzee
June 2011) Experience includes trip
coordinator for President George W. Bush.
Advance Director Spencer Geissinger
(reported joining H-PAC May 3, 2011, left mid-July 2011) Came to H-PAC from position as director of federal affairs, Washington, DC for Gov. Rick Scott; served as director of scheduling and advance on Scott's campaign, and then as director of the Inauguration. Partner in Rogich-Geissinger Partners LLC, a DC based consulting and business development firm, and chairman and CEO of Strategic Events Group Inc., an event production company. Deputy Assistant to the President for Operations and Advance in the George W. Bush Administration.
Campaign Manager Susie Wiles
(started as executive director of H-PAC in late Jan. 2011; resigned July 21, 2011) She managed Rick Scott's successful campaign for Governor of Florida. Chief of Communications & Special Initiatives under Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton for five years through June 2008. Served under Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney for six years through 2000 including as his chief of staff. According to an old bio on the City of Jacksonville website "Her political experience spans three Presidential campaigns, White House service in the Executive Office of the President, many local and statewide political campaigns and most recently, the Transition Team of Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and McCain-Palin campaign."
Senior Advisor John Weaver re: yesterday's resignation of Susie Wiles.
"Susie has served the campaign well and was vital in getting it off the ground in such a short time-frame. In just under three months Governor Huntsman has returned from China, launched a campaign and created a strong infrastructure in the 3 early primary states. He's built important relationships with donors, as well as political, policy, and grassroots leaders that other candidates have been courting for half a decade.
Now the campaign is moving into phase two which will be more aggressive from a messaging and tactical standpoint and Matt is prepared to take that on."
Director Kevin Curran
campaign in late July 2011) Senior
consultant at Wedgewood Consulting Group from Feb. 2009-April
2011. Associate Director of Presidential Personnel at the White
House, Nov. 2005-Jan. 2009. Special assistant to the Assistant
Secretary at the Department of Energy, 2005. Regional finance
coordinator on Bush-Cheney '04. Joint degreee in American
politics and American history from UC San Diego, 2002. Los
feuding with strategist John Weaver)
For information on the PAC that preceded the campaign see:
Amelia Chasse. "Huntsman Assembles New Hampshire Team." NH Journal, March 9, 2011.
McPike. "Huntsman Backers to Gather for
Strategy Session." Real
Politics, March 7, 2011. Describes strategy session
planned for March 18 in New Orleans.
David M. Drucker. "Huntsman Boosters Say PAC Is ‘Coincidence.’" Roll Call, Feb. 25, 2011. According to this article, "Despite the fact that some Huntsman supporters are involved with the PAC, its goal is to raise money for GOP candidates running in 2012 and to support the party, not Huntsman."