Tempe, AZ –With Arizona’s open U.S. Senate seat among the top targeted races in the country this year, Dr. Kelli Ward today announced key members of her campaign team including national and in-state campaign veterans.
“Arizonans want to see bold Republican ideas for economic growth, secure borders, and powerful national defense put into action,” said Dr. Ward. “President Trump is delivering for the American people, but much more work remains to be done. I couldn’t ask for a more talented and prepared campaign team that is ready for everything the Democrats will try to do to take this seat.”
Shawn Dow will serve as campaign manager. Dow was the manager of Rep. David Schweikert’s successful 2012 re-election campaign, and the Arizona campaign director for Rand Paul’s 2016 presidential campaign. Dow adds more than a decade of experience overseeing statewide campaigns to Ward’s operation.
Ron Nehring, the presidential campaign spokesman for Sen. Ted Cruz’s 2016 campaign, will serve as Senior Communications Adviser. Nehring was twice elected Chairman of the California Republican Party, four times Chairman of the Republican Party of San Diego County, and was the 2014 Republican nominee for Lt. Governor of California.
Dr. Mark Campbell, a longtime presidential campaign veteran, will serve as Research Director for the campaign. In 2008, Campbell was appointed national political director of Rudy Giuliani's 2008 presidential campaign where he worked with Jason Miller, senior communications advisor for Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign. In 2015, Cruz announced Campbell would serve on his presidential campaign as political director. Campbell also worked on George H.W. Bush's 1988 presidential campaign, and for his son, George W. Bush, as a consultant on the 2000 presidential election recount.
They will join Eric Beach and Brent Lowder, who both serve as general consultants for Ward’s campaign. Beach and Lowder served as the founder and executive director, respectively, of Great America PAC, which raised and spent nearly $30 million in support of President Trump's candidacy in 2016. The campaign leadership announcement follows the Ward campaign passing $2 million in total contributions and an Arizona poll last week showing Dr. Ward with a nine-percentage-point lead over her closest primary opponent.
Dr. Kelli Ward is a leading GOP candidate to replace retiring Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake in the U.S. Senate in 2018. On Aug. 17, President Trump encouraged Ward’s campaign via Twitter. Ward has received endorsements from an array of national conservative leaders including Senator Rand Paul, Congressman Steve King, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, and Dr. Sebastian Gorka. Ward’s campaign has an unmatched grassroots network across Arizona and has continued to grow and expand national and in-state support.