Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue announced today his re-election campaign team and "expressed his excitement about the months of grassroots campaigning ahead."
He said, “I am proud to be surrounded by such a talented group that is dedicated to helping me build on the tremendous accomplishments of our first term in office. We have assembled a great team of trusted aides from our 2002 victory and recent additions that bring a renewed enthusiasm and a fresh perspective to our campaign family. I am excited that we will spend the next seven months together traveling the state, meeting with citizens and sharing my vision for making Georgia even better in the next four years.”
The Perdue for a New Georgia campaign team includes:
Fred Davis- Creative Consultant
Fred Davis is chairman of Strategic Perception Inc., a media consulting firm based in Hollywood, California. Over the years, Davis has lent his talents to numerous congressional, gubernatorial and presidential campaigns including Governor Perdue’s 2002 victory and President Bush’s 2004 re-election effort. In previous election cycles, Fred’s work earned the “Pollie” award from the American Association of Political Consultants and the “Addie” from the American Association of Advertising Agencies.
Pat Sibley- Media Buyer
Pat Sibley is founder of Media Solutions. Sibley specializes in political and packaged goods advertising. Since 1992, she has won 22 out of 29 races that she has worked on, including Senator Paul Coverdell’s victory over Wyche Fowler in 1992 and Senator Saxby Chambliss’s victory over Max Cleland in 2002.
Glen Bolger- Research
Glen Bolger is co-founder and partner of Public Opinion Strategies, a political and public affairs survey research firm. POS’s clients include 17 U.S. Senators, ten governors and more than 50 members of Congress. In 2002, Bolger’s firm won the “Pollster of the Year” award presented by the American Association of Political Consultants.
Ron Butler- Direct Mail
Ron Butler is President of Creative Direct, LLC, a direct mail firm located in Richmond, Virginia specializing in voter contact direct mail. In 2002, Creative Direct clients included Governor Perdue and Alabama Governor Bob Riley. In 2004, Creative Direct was involved in every winning GOP challenge race for the US Senate – including the toughest races: John Thune (SD), Mel Martinez (FL), Tom Coburn (OK) and David Vitter (LA). Creative Direct also produced the winning mail for the Georgia Republican Party’s successful effort to take control of both the House and Senate for the first time in history.
Nick Ayers- Campaign Manager
Nick Ayers has been with Governor Perdue since joining his first campaign in October of 2001. After Perdue’s 2002 victory, Ayers played a key role in managing the Governor’s political activities including successfully building a Republican majority in the state legislature. He was cited as one of the Republican Party's five "fastest rising stars in the nation" by the Atlanta Journal Constitution along with the likes of Louisiana Congressman Bobby Jindal and the White House’s Nicole Devenish. Ayers grew up in Mableton, Georgia, enrolled in Kennesaw State University and later studied International and Government Affairs at the University of Surrey at Roehampton in London. Nick is married to Jamie Floyd Ayers of Houston County and the two reside in Buckhead. They are members of The Church of the Apostles.
Derrick Dickey- Communications Director/ Deputy Campaign Manager
Derrick Dickey joined the Perdue team in 2002, serving on Perdue for a New Georgia’s communications staff. After Governor Perdue’s historic victory, Dickey was a member of the Perdue transition team. He then joined the Perdue Administration where he served as the Deputy Director of Communications for the Governor’s Office during four legislative sessions. Prior to joining the 2002 campaign team, Dickey was a partner at Southeast Political Group, a state and local political consulting firm. He has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Kennesaw State University and resides in Kennesaw with his wife Katie.
Justin Tomczak- Political Director
Justin Tomczak attended Kennesaw State University where he graduated with a BBA in Finance and Economics. Tomczak worked in Capital Markets with Citigroup for three years before attending Harvard University where he earned a Master’s in Public Policy. Upon graduation, he went to work for the Georgia Republican Party as the Statewide Grassroots and 72 Hour Program Director. In the summer of 2005, he joined Governor Perdue’s re-election campaign. Tomczak attends his father’s church- Christ the King Church of North Atlanta.
Rebecca Grant- Finance Director
Rebecca Grant, a native of Milledgeville, Georgia graduated from the College of Charleston in 2001 with a degree in Business Administration. Following graduation, she worked as a fundraising consultant for three years at the Eudy Company in Washington, D.C. At the Eudy Company, she handled PAC and national fundraising efforts for several Republican Senators. Grant also completed the Republican National Committee’s Campaign Finance College.
Corinna Magelund- Director of Operations
Corinna Magelund is a native of Camilla, Georgia and a graduate of Valdosta State University where she earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Speech Communications with an emphasis in Organizational Communications. After graduation, she joined the professional staff of Governor Perdue’s 2002 campaign. Following the Governor’s victory, Magelund served as a member of the Perdue transition team and then as Deputy Director of Scheduling in the Governor’s Office. In February of this year, she joined Perdue for a New Georgia where she’s serving as Director of Operations.
Alexis Cecale- Comptroller
Alexis Cecale moved to Georgia in 2001. She is a graduate of California State University- Hayward who gained accounting experience after working as Comptroller of a multi-million dollar technology/communications corporation. Cecale recently worked as a bookkeeper for the Georgia Republican Party before joining the Perdue campaign. Alexis resides in Marietta with her husband Randy.
Chris Schrimpf– Deputy Communications Director
Chris Schrimpf is a 2005 graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. After graduating with a degree in Government, Schrimpf served as Communications Director for Students for Saving Social Security, a grassroots group based in Washington, D.C. and active in all fifty states. Schrimpf is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio where he served as City Councilman Chris Monzel’s campaign coordinator in 2003. While in school he gained experience at the Cato Institute, Washington D.C. consulting firm Clark & Weinstock and the district office of Cincinnati Congressman Steve Chabot.
Chad Holland- Deputy Political Director
Chad Holland grew up in Cobb County and graduated from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Political Science. Holland then worked as a special assistant at a Georgia law firm before moving on to work for Aspen, Colorado’s HotelVentures International where he was responsible for numerous aspects of commercial development deals. Holland returned to Georgia in January of this year to serve on Governor Perdue’s campaign.
Frances Gatewood- Deputy Finance Director
Frances Gatewood was raised in Americus, Ga. She’s a 2004 graduate of the University of Georgia. After graduation, Gatewood served as an aide to the Rules Committee during the 2005 Legislative Session. She began working on the campaign in June 2005 and now serves as Deputy Finance Director for Perdue for a New Georgia.
Miranda Dunn- Deputy Director of Operations
Miranda Dunn is a graduate of Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Dunn graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Philosophy. While at Furman, she studied for six months in Washington, DC and interned with the Talk Radio News Service. After graduation Dunn moved to Atlanta and worked for the Republican Party during the 2004 election cycle as a 72-hour Regional Director. Following the 2004 campaign cycle, Miranda joined Perdue for a New Georgia.
Tiffany Perry- Deputy Comptroller
Tiffany Perry was born and raised in Atlanta. She graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama in 2005 with a degree in History and a minor in Communications. Previously, she worked for Christian Solidarity Worldwide, a non-profit organization in England that works to gain amnesty for individuals persecuted for their faith. Perry joined the campaign in September 2005 as an intern and was brought on as Deputy Comptroller in December 2005.
Esther Clark- e-Campaign Manager
Esther Clark started her own business out of high school and has worked on several political campaigns in recent years. Clark recently joined Governor Perdue’s campaign as the e-Campaign Manager where she oversees the implementation of a grassroots and volunteer technology program. She attends Brenau University and is currently vice-chairman of the Georgia Association of College Republicans.
Victory 2006 Consultants
Scott Rials- Victory 2006 Political Advisor
Scott Rials has extensive experience in Georgia politics. Rials started his career with Speaker Newt Gingrich in 1994 eventually working his way up to campaign manager by 1998. In 2000, Rials was named Political Director for the Georgia Republican Party where he was responsible for recruiting, training and electing Republicans to the Georgia State House and Senate. He went on to manage Governor Sonny Perdue’s successful 2002 campaign. Most recently, Rials served as Executive Director for the Georgia Republican Party before forming his own consulting firm.
Leigh Ann Wood Gillis- Victory 2006 Finance Advisor
Leigh Ann Wood Gillis is a native of Macon and a graduate of Hollins College. After working for various campaigns from 1994-2001, she served as Finance Director for Perdue for a New Georgia in 2002. Following Governor Perdue’s swearing in, she served as Director of Executive Appointments for two years. Gillis is married to Captain Jordan Gillis. They are parents of an eight month old and worship at the Northside Methodist Church.