Walker Stapleton fields a campaign team with deep Colorado ties

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Walker Stapleton fields a campaign team with deep Colorado ties

Michael Fortney, campaign manager for Walker Stapleton, talks about parts of the state where the Republican can excel in the governor’s race.
Walker Stapleton’s campaign team

Michael Fortney, campaign manager
Founding partner at Clear Creek Strategies in Denver.He served as campaign manager and senior consultant for Stapleton’s state treasurer races in 2010 and 2014.He has been the campaign and senior political consultant to U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton.He served on the congressional staff U.S. Rep. Ted Poe and managed several campaigns in Texas, as well as a Kentucky Supreme Court campaign.He has led grass-roots advocacy and earned media campaigns for Clear Creek Strategies on a number of issues including energy, banking and immigration.He is a graduate of Lamar University. He and his wife, Catharine, have a son and live in Denver.Hillary Prendergast, finance director
Co-founder and managing partner of WestBrooke Group, a boutique fundraising and public affairs firm in Denver.She has been Stapleton’s finance director since 2013, joining for his reelection as treasurer. In 2012, she served as the events director for the Romney-Ryan campaign in Colorado.Before that, she worked in governmental affairs in Missouri. She has led fundraising efforts for a variety of clients, including statewide, congressional, presidential and municipal races.She is a graduate of Truman State University. She and her husband, Justin, live in Wash Park.Jerrod Dobkin, communications director
Worked for Sen. Cory Gardner for three years, starting as an intern in 2015 and eventually serving as deputy press secretary.He joined the Stapleton campaign in June as its spokesman and manager of its communications operation.He graduated with high honors from Bowdoin College in 2015 with a bachelor’s in government and legal studies.Ian Lindemann, political director
Campaign manager for gubernatorial candidate Victor Mitchell through the GOP primary.He served as the Colorado director for the Republican National Committee for two cycles, which helped elect Sen. Cory Gardner in 2014. He also ran Gardner’s field operations in 2010, when the Republican from Yuma unseated U.S. Rep. Betsy Markey in the HouseHe previously worked on gubernatorial, congressional, mayoral and issue campaigns in Colorado, Virginia, Louisiana and Missouri.From Windsor, he is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a degree in political science.He lives in Denver with his wife, Allison, and their dog, Ralph.Lizzie Coombs, deputy finance director
Founder of High Altitude Strategies LLC , who was deputy West finance director for the Republican National Committee from February 2017 to June 2018.She worked as a field finance director for the National Republican Congressional Committee from May 2015 to January 2017.She interned at the Colorado Republican Committee for two summers, the after graduation in 2013 worked full-time as a finance assistant through the 2014 election cycle.She graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder and Cherry Creek High School.Jay McChesney, field director
Coordinator for coalition and grassroots efforts, he also is a policy adviser and scheduler.He worked as field director for U.S. Rep Scott Tipton’s 2016 re-election campaign.He was a legislative assistant and policy analyst for the Colorado Senate for two sessions.He graduated from Sewanee: University of the South with a bachelor’s degree in international and global studies.Kevin Schoelzel, policy director
Long-time “political junkie” who joined the campaign in January.Previously was a research analyst in New York City for a London-based investment firm.Born and raised in Colorado.Graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University after majoring in political science and economics, as well as history.

Walker Stapleton fields a campaign team with deep Colorado ties

Michael Fortney, campaign manager for Walker Stapleton, talks about parts of the state where the Republican can excel in the governor’s race.
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