(DES MOINES, IA) February 17th, 2014 — Today, Iowa Secretary of State and former Council Bluffs City Councilman, Matt Schultz, announced his campaign team for his race to represent Iowa’s Third Congressional District. His team includes seasoned campaign veterans, many with deep Iowa roots and track records of winning federal races.
“It is important to build a team that not only understands how to wage a successful campaign, but also understands the third district and the state of Iowa. I am proud to have built that team and to have such a high caliber group of folks – nearly all with Iowa experience – who will help spread our message of limited government,” said Schultz.
Schultz’s campaign team includes:
Brooks Kochvar – GS Strategy Group – General Consultant & Polling
Kochvar has served as chief of staff to two Members of Congress including four years for Congressman Chris Chocola who now serves as the President of the conservative organization, Club For Growth. Among many other competitive races, Kochvar managed U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte’s successful campaign in 2010 winning a heated GOP primary by 1667 votes then going on to win the General Election in New Hampshire. Brooks has since joined GS Stategy Group where he serves as Senior Vice President.
Zach Lahn – Campaign Manager
Raised in northwest Iowa, Lahn recently served as the State Director for Congressman Steve Daines in Montana. In 2012, Lahn successfully managed Daines’ first campaign for Montana’s sole congressional seat. In a year when both the U.S. Senate seat and the open Governor’s seat were won by Democratic candidates, Daines was able to pull out a 10-point victory statewide. In 2010, Lahn served in a management role on Colorado Congressman Cory Gardner’s first campaign for U.S. House, winning 61% of the three-way primary convention and going on to win the General Election by an 11-point margin against an incumbent Democrat.
Allison Klies – TwoRivers Capital – Finance Director
Allison is a native of northwest Iowa and has served as a fundraiser and political consultant for Republican campaigns throughout the state since 1999. From 2001 to 2008 Allison worked for House Republican leadership in the Iowa capitol. Allison has managed fundraising operations for numerous state and federal campaigns.
Terry Nelson & Rob Jesmer – FP1 – Media, television and radio production
An Iowa native and graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Nelson has worked in the last two presidential campaigns and been a general and media consultant on numerous House, Senate and Gubernatorial campaigns around the country. In 2010, Nelson was the Senior Advisor to the National Republican Senate Committee. Rob Jesmer was executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) reporting directly to then-Chairman and Senator John Cornyn. During his four years directing the campaign committee, Jesmer oversaw an effort that netted five seats for Republicans and raised over $200 million.
Tim Albrecht – Redwave Digital – Digital Consultant
An Iowa based firm, Redwave Digital is an off-chute of Redwave Communications a leading national communications firm founded by Iowa native, David Kochel. Albrecht is a native of Ida Grove, Iowa, and a 2001 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Public Relations. Most recently Albrecht served as the Communications Director for Governor Terry Branstad.
Ryan Rhodes – Grassroots Director
An Iowa native, Ryan has worked with many state and local candidates in Iowa to develop messaging and strategy on their campaigns. In 2010, Rhodes was a field director for the Iowa State Senate Republicans and helped orchestrate the pick-up of six seats. Ryan has excelled in building grassroots networks for candidates and causes across Iowa and has also served as a grassroots trainer for the Leadership Institute.
Naomi Lienen – Regional Director
Naomi has been active as the Chair of the Third District Executive Committee since its inception and has served as the Pottawattamie County Co Chair since 2003. Naomi was instrumental in setting up District Executive Committees in three other Iowa Congressional Districts as well. In 2012 Naomi served as Pottawattamie Chair for Tom Latham’s reelection campaign in Iowa’s 3rd district.
Peter Valcarce – Arena Communications – Direct Mail
In Iowa, Arena Communications has worked with the campaigns of Rep. Tom Latham, Rep. Steve King, Rep. Jim Nussle, and the Republican Party of Iowa. Nationally, Arena has been involved in over 600 different campaigns in 49 states – and have produced more than 6,400 unique pieces of mail.
Jon Graham – The Gula Graham Group – DC Fundraising
Jon Graham has extensive experience in major event fundraising, individual fundraising, direct mail fundraising and Federal Elections Commission (FEC) compliance. Prior to joining Mike Gula & Associates in 2006 as Vice President he served as the Finance Director for Congressman Chris Chocola’s (R-IN) for the 2004 and 2006 election cycle.
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