WICHITA – Kansas State Senate President and Republican candidate for United States Senate Susan Wagle today announced her senior campaign advisors: John Brabender - Media Consultant, Linda DiVall - Pollster, Lindsey Williams Drath - Finance Director, Patricia Koehler – Treasurer, and Lisa Lisker - Controller.
Susan Wagle said: “I am excited to announce my campaign’s senior leadership team. My team brings years of experience and a track-record of winning the toughest races to our campaign. I am confident that through their guidance and hard work we will be on the path to victory next November.”
John Brabender is the Chief Creative Officer and managing partner of the BrabenderCox, LLC, one of the nation’s premier political and public affairs media firms. John has provided his unique brand of creative political advertising to over 100 candidates, Fortune 500companies, professional sports franchises, and national organizations. John has worked with candidates on every level, including four presidential races and 25 candidates for U.S. Senate and Governor. John’s clients have included Vice President Mike Pence, Senator Rick Santorum, Mayor Rudy Guiliani, Senator Shelley Moore Capito, Senator Tom Coburn, and Governor Eric Holcomb. John has earned a reputation for his creative talent and he has won an incredible 103 Pollie Awards for his work.
Linda DiVall is the Founder and Executive Chairman of American Viewpoint, where she has provided effective strategies to both political and corporate clients for over 30 years. Linda has conducted research on behalf of the Republican Governors Association (RGA), National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC), National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), and Republican National Committee (RNC) as well as NRSC and NRCC IE efforts. Linda was the chief pollster for freshman Senator Mike Braun in Indiana in 2018. She was also the chief pollster for the re-election campaigns of Senator Roy Blunt, Senator Kelly Ayotte, and Senator Johnny Isakson in 2016. Senator Isakson is the first GOP Georgia Senator to be elected to three terms. Linda was also the pollster for Senator Jim Talent, Senator Fred Thompson, and Senator Phil Graham.
Lindsey Williams Drath is a Founding Partner of Sentinel Strategic Advisors, where she leads the firm’s development portfolio. In addition to the campaigns, independent expenditures and causes she directs, Lindsey works closely with the firm’s high net worth clients to guide and maximize investments into the political process. Lindsey served as the National Finance Committee consultant for former Speaker John Boehner, a Regional Finance Director for Romney Victory, and the Director of the National Finance Committee at the Republican National Committee (RNC). Lindsey is also a multi-cycle veteran of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).
Patricia Koehler is President and CEO of JR Custom Metal Products, a metal fabrication company based in Wichita, KS, where she has worked for over two decades. JR Custom Metal Products was founded in the garage of its founder, Jesus Raul Martinez, Sr., where his equipment consisted of one welder, one press break, and his hand tools. Over the past 45 years, this one-man shop has grown to one of Wichita’s leading family-owned businesses specializing in turn-key, custom products including material handling equipment and production support equipment for large O.E.M. companies and a variety of industries.
Lisa Lisker is President of Huckaby Davis Lisker, Inc. and has thirty years of experience specializing in joint fundraising committees and the financial operations of candidate campaign committees. She served as Treasurer of Marco Rubio for President, all of the McCain Victory Committees and assists numerous Senate and House campaigns, party committees, and political action committees with respect to compliance with FEC regulations and filing their FEC reports. Lisa also serves as the Treasurer or Assistant Treasurer for several of these campaigns and political action committees. Lisa’s current Senate clients include Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senators Cory Gardner, Marco Rubio and Pat Toomey. A few of the current House clients include Patrick McHenry, John Katko and Tom Rice. Lisa also works with several PACs, Super PACs, joint fundraising committees and state parties.
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