The Men and Women Behind Candidates who Win Local Elections

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This is great work. Thank you, campaigner's son.
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This is pretty damn awesome
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i will now cease referring to you as "the intern with the squirrel".
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These campaign mailers are forcing me to cut back on my drinking so I can get the lid of the recycling bin closed.
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And now Sinderman is on the County payroll as a "consultant".
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I know initiatives weren't polled, but Blair "the real me" Butterworth was the general consultant on Death with Dignity, and I was his errand boy. And yes, it was easier to beat up on a demoralized set of Catholic bishops than the American Chemical Council...

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Let us be clear that the communications director for Death with Dignity went after the Catholics, much to both consultants chagrin (and possibly without their approval). Said comms director is usually an advocate for taking on deep pockets rather than conceding in advance. She also usually loses that argument to more experienced consultants.
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Cindy will get an initiative win this year, mind you.
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An interesting thing I've noticed is all the expensive lit sent to my Perfect Voting Record son, who is 20, is only for one council race and one initiative (yup, the Let Costco sell Drugs to Teens one), while I get stuff for every single race.

Bad software choices ...
10
You missed folks like Terry Thompson, Bill Phillips, Jeff Zenk and Kelly Evans. They do good work too.
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Hey Paul - I just wanted to correct something...I don't consult for Murray or Cantwell. I interned in Patty's office and worked for Cantwell as her State Outreach Director in 2004 and then her re-election campaign in 2006. But not consulting for either.
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Maybe the races should be weighted by how competitive they are? It's harder to help a candidate win a dogfight for a tough seat than it is to hold the hand of a 40-term incumbent walking across the finish line with 90% of the vote.
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Also, 2 minor misses - I believe Ross Hunter was a Wyble client in 2010 for his re-elect to the House, and Claudia Kaufman actually dropped Butterworth halfway through the campaign and replaced him with Dean Nielsen.
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#12 is right. The quality and true value of a consultant is measured by their performance in competitive races. I mean, Tom Rasmussen could hire Cindy Laws or an average 7 year old and win against Dale Pusey. Beating a challenger with incumbent who has $100,000 more than their opponent isn't an accomplishment. Performance in races that finish within 15% (ish) or have similar amounts of money raised would be a much better gauge of the performance of the consultant.

Most of the consultants listed have done a lot of initiative and IE work which would be interesting to see, as well as whether there was general consulting, mail/media only, or treasury only done. Many also represent a lot of out-of-state clients, which would be useful to see.

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Also, you, Candidate's Son/Unpaid Intern, are my favorite. This data is hard to track down and compile.
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This is what journalism looks like. Nicely done and thank you.