Hickenlooper 2020

July 13, 2019

Hickenlooper Campaign Hires New Communications Director

DENVER, CO — Today, the Presidential campaign of former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper announced the hiring of Chicago-based Peter Cunningham as the campaign’s communications director. Cunningham replaces Lauren Hitt, who recently departed from the campaign.
Campaign Manager M.E. Smith said, “Peter is a seasoned communications professional with a good handle on the message that will help us reach voters. He has already brought energy and ideas into the campaign.”
Cunningham said, “I am a big fan of Governor Hickenlooper. He is the only candidate to run a business, a city and a state, and has already done many of the things other Democratic candidates are proposing. His blend of pragmatic progressivism is the key to beating Donald Trump.”
Over the last three decades, Cunningham has worked for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, for political consultant David Axelrod, served in the Obama Administration as an Assistant Secretary of Education, founded a non-profit called Education Post focused on improving public education, and recently worked in Bill Daley’s campaign for Mayor of Chicago.

Hickenlooper 2020
July 1, 2019


DENVER, CO - Today, former Colorado governor and Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper named M.E. Smith as his campaign manager. Smith most recently served as the campaign manager for Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania. Smith led Casey’s campaign to a 13-point victory, the largest victory for a Democratic senator running in a state won by Trump. Previously, Smith served as the deputy campaign manager for Sen. Michael Bennet in 2016 and the deputy campaign manager for Gov. John Hickenlooper in 2014. 

"M.E. has shown again and again that she knows how to lead successful campaigns in politically-difficult terrain," said Governor Hickenlooper. "With her extensive experience in political strategy, campaign management, and policy, I could not be more excited to have her leading the team." 
Hailing from Idaho, Smith has an undergraduate degree from Tufts University and a graduate degree from Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is a resident of Denver. 

"It's been my privilege to work with Governor Hickenlooper closely over the years, and I'm honored to serve him in this new role," said M.E. Smith. "The Governor has a unique record of accomplishment. He's achieved the big progressive goals everyone else is just talking about -- beating the NRA, achieving near universal healthcare coverage, creating the number one economy in the country -- and he did it all without relying on massive expansions of government. I'm excited to be leading the talented team that's working to make sure we have a Washington outsider, an experienced executive, and a pragmatic progressive in the White House."

Hickenlooper 2020
April 19, 2019

John Hickenlooper Hires Kimberley Strope-Boggus as Iowa Political Director

DES MOINES, IOWA – Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s presidential campaign continues to grow in Iowa, with the addition of Kimberley Strope-Boggus as Iowa Political Director. 

Strope-Boggus, an experienced activist and community leader, previously worked in nonprofit recruitment and with NextGen Climate Action in Iowa. Additionally, she has been an active role of Democratic campaigns and local initiatives across Polk County. 

“We’re building a strong organization that will give Iowans in every corner of the state to learn about Gov. Hickenlooper’s vision for the nation and record of progressive accomplishments in Colorado,” said Sam Roecker. “We’re thrilled to add Kimberley Strope-Boggus to our team and look forward to continuing to build our team in the coming weeks.” 

Hickenlooper, who wrapped up his latest trip to Iowa over the weekend with stops in southeast Iowa, previously hired Sam Roecker as Iowa State Director and Ferguson Yacyshyn as Iowa Caucus Director. Roecker has worked with Democratic campaigns in Iowa since 2010, including managing Patty Judge’s 2016 U.S. Senate primary. Yacyshyn worked in Iowa for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and in 2018 as field director for Fred Hubbell’s primary campaign before serving as field director for the Iowa Democratic Party’s Campaign for Iowa in the general election.