Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Christian Fong announced today that Marlys Popma, a twenty-one year veteran of Iowa politics has signed on as his campaign manager.
“I’m honored to have Marlys Popma join our campaign. Her leadership, political savvy, and experience in Iowa politics are invaluable as we move this campaign forward. As a businessman, I know my job is to identify and then recruit the most talented people to serve. Whether it’s my campaign, or as the CEO of state government, that’s the philosophy guiding my decision making,” said Fong.
Popma’s experience dates back to 1988 when she headed up Iowa Right to Life. Since then she worked on the campaigns of Governor Terry Branstad, served as the Iowa Deputy Director for Gramm for President and worked as the National Deputy Political Director for Gary Bauer’s presidential campaign. Popma has also led the Republican Party of Iowa as Executive Director on two different occasions. Most recently, she was coalitions director for Jim Nussle’s gubernatorial campaign and served as the National Coordinator for Evangelical Outreach for John McCain’s presidential campaign.
“Iowa Republicans deserve a true conservative nominee, one who understands the impact of both social and fiscal policies on the state. I’m convinced Christian Fong is the right candidate at the right time to lead our Party back to Terrace Hill. Christian is a conservative, with a strong fiscal background, who can put the state back on track. He’s a warm, genuine man of integrity. I’m excited to help lead his campaign as we work to restore those things that make Iowa such a great place to call home,” said Popma.
Christian Fong graduated from Underwood High School in Southwest Iowa at the age of 16 and then attended Creighton University, graduating at age 19. After college he and his wife, Jenelle, located in Cedar Rapids and Christian started work at AEGON. Fong put his career on hold to attend Dartmouth, earning his MBA. He and his family returned to Cedar Rapids, where they reside today and attend River of Life Ministries church. When the floods of 2008 hit Cedar Rapids, Fong founded and still serves today as the CEO of Corridor Recovery, a non-profit flood relief organization that coordinated recovery efforts. The Fongs have three children.
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