WICHITA, KS – Republican candidate for United States Senate and Kansas state Senate President Susan Wagle (R-KS) today named Kent Gates as her campaign General Consultant. As General Consultant, Gates will oversee all aspects of Wagle's campaign for U.S. Senate and will serve as Wagle's top campaign advisor. Gates joins Wagle's experienced national team that already includes John Brabender as Media Consultant, Linda DiVall as Pollster, and Lindsey Williams Drath as Finance Director.
Susan Wagle said: "I am proud to name Kent Gates as my campaign's General Consultant. Kent has years of experience and a long track-record of helping elect Republican candidates up-and-down the ballot, all across the nation. I am confident that with his leadership and guidance, our campaign is on track to win both the Republican primary and then defeat Barbara Bollier in the general election."
Kent Gates said: "I am excited to formally join Team Wagle. Kansas Democrats have a clear formula to try and win elections by nominating liberal female candidates and disguise them as moderates. Susan Wagle is Barbara Bollier's worst nightmare, because Susan is a strong, proven conservative woman who cannot be attacked with the same strategy that helped elect Laura Kelly and Kathleen Sebelius. I am looking forward to helping Susan become Kansas' next United States Senator."
Kent Gates currently serves as a Senior Strategist with BrabenderCox, where he works with candidates and political party organizations to develop successful media, digital and voter contact plans. He is also the General Consultant for U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV). Previously, Kent managed campaigns for federal, state and local offices including Pennsylvania Attorney General Mike Fisher (R-PA) and U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), as well as having served as the Political Director for the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania.
Kent took a two-year sabbatical from politics when he worked for i-SAFE, a Congressional funded non-profit organization that provided students with educational tools to keep safe online and prevent cyber bullying. He traveled the country conducting professional development training programs for teachers and law enforcement officials on how to effectively implement the K-12 I-SAFE curriculum in classrooms.
Kent earned a Master of Public Administration from Penn State Harrisburg's School of Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts Degree Political Science from Penn State University.