Campaign Managers      Nov. 8, 2016 Governor Races

The Campaign Managers

Republicans Third Party/

John Carney:  Cerron Cade
(Mar. 2016)  Legislative liaison to Gov. Jack Markell, Jan. 2015-Feb. 2016.  Special projects director to U.S. Rep. John Carney, Jan. 2013-Jan. 2015.  Deputy county director to Sen. Tom Carper, Aug. 2011-Jan. 2013.  Field director at Carper for Delaware, June-Nov. 2012.  Legislative aide in the Delaware House of Representatives, Jan. 2009-Aug. 2011.  DNC/Delaware Democratic Party regional organizer, Aug. 2007-Dec. 2008.  Bachelor's degree in political science and government from Delaware State University, 2006.

Colin Bonini:  ?

John Gregg:  Tim Henderson
Principal at Platform, LLC in Indianapolis from Jan. 2013.  Director of the Indiana Senate Democratic Caucus, Mar. 2009-Dec. 2012.  Financial advisor at Edward Jones, Mar. 2005-Mar. 2009.  Owner of Henderson & Associates, Mar. 2003-Mar. 2005.  Executive director of the Indiana Democratic Party, Jan. 1998-Mar. 2003.  Owner of American Quality Services, Dec. 1996-Dec. 1997.  Team leader at Target, April 1988-Dec. 1996.  Bachelor's degree in economics from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, 1995.

Eric Holcomb:  Mike O'Brien
(Aug. 2016)  Senior public policy advisor in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Indianapolis office and a member of the firm’s Governmental Services and Finance Department from Sept. 2014.  Also elected chairman of the Hendricks County Republican Party from Mar. 2009.  A vice president with Bose Public Affairs Group in Indianapolis, May 2006-Aug. 2014.  Legislative liaison for Gov. Mitch Daniels, Jan. 2005-June 2006.  Worked on the Mitch for Governor Campaign in 2004 and 2008.  Managed Todd Rokita’s successful election as Secretary of State in 2006.  Legislative liaison for the Indiana State Medical Association, Mar. 2002-Jan. 2005.  B.A. in political science from Indiana University Bloomington, 2001. 



Chris Koster:  Andrew Whalen 
(Mar. 2015)  Campaign manager on Sheheen for South Carolina, May 2013-Nov. 2014.  National political director for the Blue Dog Coalition, 2011-Feb. 2013.  Coordinated Campaign director for the North Carolina Democratic Party, June-Nov. 2012.  Deputy chief of staff and senior advisor in the U.S. House, Jan.-Aug. 2011.  Consultant for Equality NC, Feb.-May 2011.  Executive director for the North Carolina Democratic Party, April 2009-Jan. 2011. Communications director for U.S. Rep. Shuler, Jan. 2007-April 2009.  Campaign manager on Heath Shuler for Congress (NC) re-election, June-Nov. 2008.  Deputy campaign manager and communications director on Heath Shuler for Congress, Feb.-Nov. 2006.  Delegate races in Virginia, 2005-06.  Communications director on Jon Jennings for Congress, July 2003-Nov. 2004.  B.A. in history from Denison University, 2003.

Eric Greitens:  Austin Chambers
Experience includes political director on David Perdue's 2014 campaign for U.S. Senate in Georgia.  Georgia native.  See: Rachael Herndon Dunn. "Austin Chambers: Missouri is the backdrop for another national political star."  The Missouri Times, Dec. 30, 2016.


Steve Bullock:  Eric Hyers
(Aug. 2015)  Senior advisor to Gibralter Chief Minister Fabian Picardo's re-election, Mar.-July 2015.  Campaign manager on Gina Raimondo's campaign for governor of Rhode Island, Nov. 2013-Dec. 2014.  Campaign manager on Karen Spilka for Congress (MA-5), June-Oct. 2013.  Campaign manager on Nia Gill for State Senate (NJ LD-34), Apr.-June 2013.  Campaign manager on Cicilline for Congress, Mar.-Dec. 2012.  Executive director of the Connecticut Democratic Party, Mar. 2011-Mar.2012.  Campaign manager on David Cicilline for Congress (RI), Mar.-Dec. 2010.

Greg Gianforte:  Amy Lunde
Founder (2011) and principal at Plain Stakes, LLC, a public affairs and corporate issue advocacy firm.  Deputy political director for the Republican Governors Association in 2013-14, managing independent expenditure campaigns in 27 states totaling over $140 million. Campaign manager on Jack Dalrymple’s 2012 campaign for governor of North Dakota.  North Dakota Victory director in 2010.  Campaigns for Annette Ziegler and Michael Gableman for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  A principal at Arena Strategy Group, 2007-10, where she managed accounts for clients including Ford Motor Company, American Cancer Society, the ONE Campaign and Growth Energy.  Field director on Green for Wisconsin, 2006.  Field rep./regional field director in South Central Wisconsin on Bush-Cheney '04.  B.A. in political science from the University of Wisconsin, 2005.  Raised in Arlington, VA.



Colin Van Ostern:  Pat Devney
Campaign manager on Chris Bell's run for Mayor of Houston in 2015.  Campaign manager for U.S. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster's re-election in 2014.  Special projects director for U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono (HI), 2012-13.  Campaign manager on Nathan Granger for State Senate (LA), Feb. 2011.   Field director on Charlie Melancon's campaign (LA), Nov. 2009-Nov. 2010.  Field organizer for the Virginia Democratic Coordinated Campaign, Aug.-Nov. 2009.  Intern for Rep. Charlie Melancon (LA), Feb.-June 2009. Field organizer on Obama for America, June-Nov. 2008.  Degree in political science, criminal justice from St. Louis University, 2008.

John Sununu:  Paul Collins
Senior advisor on Gov. John Kasich's NH primary campaign from May 2015. Campaign manager on Dan Innis' 2014 Republican primary campaign in the 1st CD. Campaign manager on Ovide Lamontagne's 2012 campaign for governor. Consultant on Jon Huntsman's 2011-12 NH primary campaign. 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 John H. Sununu was chief of staff, he served as Deputy Director of the Office of National Service (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.


Roy Cooper:  Trey Nix
Campaign manager on U.S. Sen. Mark Warner's (VA) 2014 re-election campaign.  Campaign manager on Aneesh Chopra's 2013 campaign for lieutenant governor of Virginia.  Campaign manager on Paul Hirschbiel's challenge to U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell in VA-2 in 2012.  Originally from Alabama.

Pat McCrory:  Russell Peck
A senior vice president of Mercury Public Affairs in Raleigh, NC, Feb. 2013-Sept. 2015.  Campaign manager on Pat McCrory's 2012 gubernatorial campaign, Feb.-Dec. 2012.  Director of external affairs for America's Natural Gas Alliance, July 2011-Feb. 2012.  Executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party, Dec. 2009-June 2011.  New Jersey Victory director, July-Dec. 2009.  North Carolina Victory director, July 2008-Feb. 2009.  Director of congressional affairs for the Republican Party of Florida, Jan.July 2008.  Account manager at Enwright Consulting, July 2007-Jan. 2008.  Florida organizational director on John McCain 2008, Jan.-July 2007.  Director of voter registration for the Republican Party of Florida, May 2005-Nov. 2006.  Special assistant at the U.S. Department of Labor, Jan.-May 2005.  Southwest Florida field director for Bush-Cheney '04, Jan.-Nov. 2004.  B.S. in finance, English from Florida State University, 2003; earlier attended Oklahoma State University.

Marvin E. Nelson:  Josh Dryer
Server at Mezzaluna from Oct. 2015.  Restaurant manager for Radisson Hotels in Fargo, June-Oct. 2015.  TopCon professional at Pinky's Aggregates, Inc. in Rolette, May 2013-May 2015.  Room service at The Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage, AK, Nov. 2010-May 2013.  Studied pre-medicine at Kilgore College.

Doug Burgum:  Kate Mund
President at Lucy Communications from March 2006.  Communications manager at Microsoft, 2001-06; communications manager at Great Plains Software, 1998-2001.  Communications director for United Way of Cass-Clay, Aug. 1996-Aug. 1998.  B.A. in journalism, English from The University of North Dakota, 1992.

OR Kate Brown:  Thomas Wheatley 
(reported Sept. 22, 2016)  Campaign director at Renew Oregon, Jan. 2015-Sept. 2016.  Organizing director at Freedom to Marry, 2012-15.  Deputy campaign manager on Suzanne Bonamici's special election campaign for Congress. Dec. 2011-Feb. 2012.  Organizing director for Basic Rights Oregon, 2005-12.  Campaign manager for No on Measures 5-180 and 5-181, July-Nov. 2008.  Lead organizer for NY Jobs with Justice, 2001-04.  Program associate at the National Labor Committee, 1999-2001.  Two years in graduate studies in sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997-99; B.A. in sociology from UC San Diego, 1996.

Replaced Michael Kolenc, who was fired in Sept. (>).

Bud Pierce:  Nick Rhoten
Finance coordinator at Golden State Consultants in San Diego, Jan.-Oct. 2015.  Campaign scheduler/operations on Dr. Monica Wehby for U.S. Senate, June-Dec. 2014.  B.A. double major in history and political science from Linfield College, 2014.

Michael Weinholtz:  Bob Kubichek
(Aug. 2016)  Principal at ELLA WY, LLC, a consulting firm, from 2013.  Wyoming state director on Obama for America, Nov. 2011-Nov. 2012.  B.A. in political science and government from University of Wyoming, 2012.  Grew up in Casper, WY.

As reported by Utah Policy, Kubichek had been serving as field director, but replaced Jeff Bell in an Aug. 2016 shake up.

Gary Herbert:  Marty Carpenter
(July 2015)  Prior to starting as campaign manager, Carpenter served as Gov. Herbert's communications director, Dec. 2013-July 2015.  Executive vice president of communication (Jan.-Dec. 2013) and director of communication and marketing (June 2008-Dec. 2012) for the Salt Lake Chamber.  Director of communications on Herbert for Governor, July-Nov. 2012.  Manager at Spring Communications retail location, May 2007-May 2008.  Sports reporter/anchor at KJRH in Tulsa, Aug. 2003-May 2007.  Co-host/sports director at KTKA in Topeka, KS, July 2002-July 2003.  News editor at KSL, Aug. 2001-Aug. 2002.  B.A. in communication, electronic media from Weber State University, 2001; A.A. from Utah Valley University, 2000.


Sue Minter:  Molly Ritner
(Feb. 2016)  Campaign manager on Gary McCollum for Senate (VA), Jan.-Nov. 2015.  Midwest candidate fundraising director for the DCCC, Jan. 2013-Dec. 2014.  Finance director on U.S. Rick Nolan's (MN) re-election campaign, Aug.-Nov. 2012; finance director on Donovan for Congress (CT), June-Aug. 2012; finance director on Griego for Congress, Jan.-June 2012.  Deputy finance director on U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich's (NM) re-election campaign, Dec. 2009-Nov. 2010.  B.S. in politics, pre-medicine from Bates College, 2009. 


Sarah McCall started out as campaign manager for the first five months to Feb. 2016, then moved to senior advisor role.

Phil Scott
Campaign Coordinator:  Brittney Wilson
Executive assistant at the Vermont Department of Libraries, March 2013-Oct. 2015.  Private secretary in the Vermont Auditor's Office, Jan. 2011-Jan. 2013.  Outreach consultant at Capital Connections, LLC, Jan.-April 2002.  Campaign manager on Gibbs for Secretary of State, May-Nov. 2010.  Executive assistant to the commissioner of the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation, Nov. 2008-Feb. 2010.  Field coordinator on Douglas for Governor, June-Nov. 2008.  B.S. in business administration from Western New England College, 2008.

Jay Inslee:  Aisling Kerins
Director of external relations to Gov. Inslee, Jan. 2013-Oct. 2015.  Deputy campaign manager on Jay Inslee for Washington, Jan.-Nov. 2012.  Campaign director on Suzan DelBene for Congress, Jan.-Nov. 2010.  Campaign director for No on 1033, June-Nov. 2009.  GOTV director for, March 2008-June 2009.  Associate and interim executive director at Futurewise, Jan. 2007-March 2008.  Campaign director for No on I-933, Jan. 2005-Nov. 2006.  Field director for Yes on 297, June 2004-Dec. 2005.  Field director at WashPIRG, Aug. 2000-June 2004.  B.A. in English, art history from University of Richmond, 2000.

Bill Bryant:  Justin Matheson
Vice president of Revolvis Consulting in the Seattle area from June 2011.  Managing partner at AimPoint, Inc, 2007-21.  Executive director of the California Hospital Association, June 2005-April 2011. Chief of staff in the California State Senate, 2002-05.  Chief of staff in the California State Assembly, 1998-2002.  B.A. in political science from University of the Pacific.

Jim Justice:  Derek Scarbro
Senior account executive at Orion Strategies, March-May 2015.  Government affairs manager at Lewis Glasser Casey & Rollins, PLLC, March-Dec. 2014.  Executive director of the West Virginia Democratic Executive Committee, Aug. 2003-March 2013.  Workforce development specialist for the West Virginia Development Office, 2000-03; started as an intern.  Bachelor's degree in political science and international affairs from Marshall University, 2003.

Bill Cole:  Chuck Flannery
(June 2015)  Political director/assistant campaign manager on Shelley Moore Capito's 2014 U.S. Senate race.  Campaign manager on Capito's 2012 re-election to Congress.  Started with Capito in July 2008 and served as legislative aide and field representative.  Campaign finance specialist in the WV Secretary of State's office, Feb. 2005-July 2008.

Bryan Reed was brought in to serve as campaign manager in June 2016 but resigned after several months and leadership reverted to Flannery.

Gender of Campaign Managers for 2016 Major Party Nominees for Governor
12 races
No info., no
manager, unclear
12 of 12
10 (83.3%)
2 (16.7%)
10 of 12
8 (80.0%)
2 (20.0%)
22 of 24
18 (81.8%)
4 (18.2%)
See Campaign Managers: Methodological Considerations.

- 24 candidates: Democrats 12, Republicans 12. 

- No info., no manager, unclear is 2.
all identified.
VT - campaign coordinator.  No info: DE.

- 22 campaign managers identified.

Of 22 people identified as working as campaign managers for the 2016 major party nominees for governor at the close of the campaign, 18 (81.8%) were male and four (18.2%) female.  Democratic campaign managers were 83.3% male and Republican campaign managers 80.0% male.