Congressional hopeful Valerie Arkoosh has selected some of the political pros who will assist her effort to succeed Rep. Allyson Schwartz.
Arkoosh, of Montgomery County, is a physician (she teaches medicine at Penn) and progressive activist. She raised $218,000 in the first quarter of this year.
“We’ve put together a team of the most well-respected and experienced names in Democratic politics, with a track record of winning tough races across the country,” said Dr. Arkoosh. “I’m proud to be working with such an outstanding group.”
It’s not the definitive list. One big position that’s missing: campaign manager. The campaign is still in the process of choosing one says Arkoosh’s initial staffer Julia Fahl.
“I was just short term consultant to help Dr. Arkoosh file and get her team together. I am currently transitioning out of the campaign and am just doing some small tasks while Ellen Sun (FD) transitions in,” Fahl said.
Fahl is a local politico who now works for CeaseFirePA.
Arkoosh faces the likelihood of a crowded Democratic primary. State Reps. Brandon Boyle and Mark Cohen (D-Phila) have both filed to run as has state Sen. Daylin Leach. Former Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky also appears likely to run.
Here are the staffer and consultant bios from the Arkoosh campaign release:
Ellen Sun, Finance Director. A Pennsylvania native, Ellen recently worked in Florida’s 10th Congressional District for Chief Val Demings, on her Red to Blue and EMILY’s List endorsed campaign. Prior to that Ellen worked for Stones’ Phones, an organization dedicated to helping their clients reach out to voters nationwide. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Ellen began her political career in the EMILY’s List Political Department, where she worked with progressive, pro-choice female candidates and campaign staff, helping them prepare to run for office.
The Strategy Group. Founded in 1989 by progressive campaign professionals committed to the idea that strategy makes the difference between winning and losing, The Strategy Group has grown into a national firm with an unparalleled record of success, including serving as lead direct mail consultants to President Obama, US Senator Tammy Baldwin, US Senator Michael Bennet and numerous members of Congress nationwide.
Adelstein | Liston. Adelstein | Liston is an award winning media and strategic communications consulting firm, founded and run by Eric Adelstein and Ann Liston. Along with serving on the senior strategy team for President Obama’s re-election, Adelstein | Liston has helped elect 10 U.S. Senators, 25 members of Congress, 12 statewide office holders, and over 100 state and local elected officials. Headquartered in Chicago with offices in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento, the firm represents electoral clients across the country from city council to President of the United States and virtually every office in between.
The Mellman Group. Recently named “Pollster of the Year” for the third time by the American Association of Political Consultants, The Mellman Group has provided
sophisticated opinion research and strategic advice to political leaders, public interest organizations, Fortune 500 companies, and government agencies for over thirty years. In 2012, The Mellman group helped elect Senator Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota and re-elect Congressman John Barrow in Georgia and Senator Maria Cantwell in Washington. The firm also worked in the independent efforts to re-elect Senators Sherrod Brown, Mazie Hirono, Tim Kaine, Claire McCaskill and Jon Tester and to elect Governors Steve Bullock and Jay Inslee. The New York Times’ Nate Silver rated The Mellman Group the most accurate campaign pollster in the country.
New Media Campaigns. New Media Campaigns a full service digital firm located in North Carolina. The company was founded in 2006 and has built more than 100 online campaigns around the world, ranging from local to national efforts. The company has worked with dozens of congressional campaigns, works closely with the DCCC, and was the digital lead on four statewide campaigns in 2012.