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New Day for America 

(page updated April 26, 2016)

Started as 527 organization announced/filed with the IRS on April 20, 2015...then filed with the FEC as a super PAC on July 23, 2015  [includes paid media and grassroots efforts]


Board of Directors
Philip H. Geier, Jr.

Founder (2001) and chairman of the Geier Group, LLC.  Served for 20 years as chairman and CEO of the Interpublic Group of Companies through Dec. 2000; started in adversiting at McCann-Erickson in 1958.

Former U.S. Sen. John E. Sununu

Adjunct senior policy advisor to Akin Gump from July 2010.  Defeated in 2008 Senate re-election bid by Jeanne Shaheen.  Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2002, defeating U.S. Sen. Bob Smith (R) in the primary and Gov. Jeanne Shaheen in the general election.  Elected to the U.S. House in 1996 (seat vacated by Bill Zeliff) and served three terms, Jan. 1997-Jan. 2003.  Worked in high tech.  M.B.A from Harvard University, 1991; B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, 1987.

Jo Ann Davidson

Co-chair of the Republican National Committee from 2005-09.  Ohio Valley regional campaign chair of Bush-Cheney ’04.  Member of the Ohio House of Representatives for 20 years, first elected in 1980, and served as Speaker of the House from 1995-2000.  Chairman of the Ohio House Republican Campaign Committee from 1986-2000.  Chairman of the Franklin County Republican Party Central Committee for 25 years.  Chairman of the Taft for Governor campaigns in 1998 and 2002. Served a decade on the Reynoldsburg City Council, first elected in 1967 after an unsucessful run in 1965.  Resident of Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

Bruce Soll

Senior vice president at L Brands, a Columbus-based retailer.

Former U.S. Rep. Tom Davis?verifying ed.
Director of federal government affairs at Deloitte. and rector at the George Mason University.  Elected to Congress in Nov. 1994 and served seven terms, resigning on Nov. 24, 2008.  Also chairman of the NRCC, 1998-2002.  Member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, 1980-94, including chairman, 1991-94. J.D, degree from the University of Virginia Law School; undergraduate degree from Amherst College.

Executive Director  Matt Carle

Campaign manager on Kasich's 2014 re-election campaign.  Director of legislative affairs in the Governor's Office from Jan. 2011.  Campaign manager on DeWine for Senate, March 2005-Dec. 2006.  Campaign manager on Voinovich for Senate, Jan. 2003-Jan. 2005.  Campaign chairman and political consultant, Jan. 2002-Dec. 2003.  Field staff director in the Ohio Attorney General's Office, Dec. 1998-Jan. 2002.  J.D. from Capital University Law School, 2003; B.A. in political science and sociology from The Ohio State University, 1994.

Chief Strategist  Matt David
Partner at Outside Eyes, a communications and marketing firm in Los Angeles from March 2013; and consultant and partner at Outland Creative Works from Feb. 2012.  Campaign manager on Jon Huntsman for President, previously served as the campaign's communications director, and started on H-PAC, June 2011-Feb. 2012.  Deputy chief of staff and communications director to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger until the end of his term in Jan. 2010.  Communications director at Freedom's Watch through the end of 2007.  Deputy communication director for rapid response on McCain's presidential campaign through July 2007.  Deputy communications director on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's (R-CA) 2006 re-election.  Director of rapid response on the SCOTUS confirmation in the latter half of 2005.  Deputy director of rapid response on Bush-Cheney '04.  George Mason University School of Law/University of Tulsa College of Law.  Undergraduate degree from University of the Ozarks, 2001.  From Wagoner, OK.  twitter

Consultant  Dave Luketic

(May 2015)  Executive director at Balanced Budget Forever, Jan.-April 2015.  Political director on Kasich Taylor for Ohio, Aug. 2013-Jan. 2015.  Political director for the Ohio Republican Party, April 2012-Aug. 2013.  Political director on Building a Better Ohio, July 2011-Jan. 2012.  Coalition director in the Office of Gov. John Kasich, Jan.-July 2011.  Northeast Ohio field director on Kasich/Taylor for Ohio, July-Dec. 2010.  Administrative assistant for the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, April 2009-July 2010.  Political director of the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County, Dec. 2007-March 2009.  B.S. in political science from University of Dayton.  twitter

National Field Director  Grant Shaffer

(Feb. 2016)  Previously New Hampshire state director at New Day for America from Aug. 2015-Feb. 2016.  District director for U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers (OH-15), Jan. 2013-Aug. 2015; campaign manager on Stivers for Congress, Jan.-Dec. 2012; senior field representative, Jan. 2011-Jan. 2012; political director on Stivers for Congress, Jan. 2010-Jan 2011.  Records manager/administrative assistant at the Ohio Department of Veterans Services, 2008-10.  B.S. in business and B.A. in political science from Miami University, 2008.

Press Secretary  Connie Wehrkamp

(announced July 24, 2015)  Communications director on Kasich's 2014 re-election campaign.  Deputy press secretary in the Governor's Office from 2011.  Assistant grassroots coordinator and legislative assistant at the NFIB.  B.A. degrees in political science and communication studies from The Ohio State University, 2008.  Ohio native. twitter

Deputy Press Secretary  Maya Arrieta-Walden

(announced July 24, 2015)  Associate at Hamilton Place Strategies in San Diego area from May 2015.  B.A. in political science from University of San Diego, 2015.  Native of Portland, OR.

Regional Press Secretary  Audrey Scagnelli

(Feb. 2016)  Press secretary for regional and state media at CARLY for America, the pro-Fiorina super PAC, Sept. 2015-Feb. 2016.  Press secretary for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA) from Feb. 2014.  Founder and editor in chief of College & Cook magazine, Jan. 2012-Jan. 2014.  B.A. in political communication from The George Washington University, 2013.  twitter

Senior Advisor for Communications (UT and West Coast)  Camille Anderson

(announced Mar. 17, 2016)  Based in Salt Lake City, UT since late 2012.  Experience includes regional spokeswoman for the RNC, deputy communications director for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Bush-Cheney '04 California communications dDirector.

National Finance Director  Julie Wadler

(announced Oct. 23, 2015)  More than 20 years of fundraising and event planning experience.  Founder (1996) and president of ephiphany productions, inc.; also founder of Comitatus Consulting, a firm dedicated to using new technology to connect clients with donors and constituents; 3 Dog Consulting LTD; and KRM Executive Livery, an event transportation company.  Deputy finance director for the NRCC during the 1996 election cycle,  B.S. in political science and government from American University, 1988.

Treasurer  J. Matthew Yuskewich, CPA

Founder (1988) of Winterset CPA Group.


: 530 Chestnut St., Suite 1-B, Manchester  03101  
...opened Aug. 2015 >

More Offices
- 19 Pleasant St., Concord  03301
   ...Jordan Triance
Durham - 65 Newmarket Rd., Unit B, Durham  03824   ...Kevin Watters
Holderness - 850 U.S. Route 3, Holderness  03245   ...Kailyn McGowan
Keene - 39 Central Square, Suite #305, Keene  03431  ...Carly Ferguson
...Mariah Halleck
- 14-A Broad St. Nashua  03064  
...Harry Fones

State Director  Grant Shaffer

(Aug. 2015)  District director for U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers (OH-15), Jan. 2013-Aug. 2015; campaign manager on Stivers for Congress, Jan.-Dec. 2012; senior field representative, Jan. 2011-Jan. 2012; political director on Stivers for Congress, Jan. 2010-Jan 2011.  Records manager/administrative assistant at the Ohio Department of Veterans Services, 2008-10.  B.S. in business and B.A. in political science from Miami University, 2008.

Phone Bank Director  John Friess

(Aug. 2015)  Data integration manager (Jan. 2014-Aug. 2015) and executive assistant (May-Dec. 2013) for the Ohio House Republican Organizational Committee.  Constituent aide in the Ohio House of Representatives, March-Dec. 2013.  Studied engineering at the University of Akron.

Field Directors
Concord  Jordan Triance 

(Aug. 2015)  Legislative aide in the Ohio House of Representatives, Nov. 2014-Aug. 2015.  Campaign manager for the Ohio House Republican Organizational Committee, April-Nov. 2014.  Legislative aide in the Ohio House of Representatvies, June 2013-March 2014.  B.A. in political science from The Ohio State University, 2013.

Durham  Kevin Watters

(Aug. 2015)  Staff assistant to U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers (OH-15), Jan.-Aug. 2015.  Project manager at King Strategic Communications, Aug.-Dec. 2014.  B.S. in political science from The Ohio State University, 2014.

Holderness  Kailyn McGowan

(Aug. 2015)  Senior legislative aide in the Office of Ohio State Sen. Shannon Jones, Sept. 2014-Aug. 2015.  Ohio Senate Majority Caucus fellow, Dec. 2013-Sept. 2014.  B.A. in political science from Xavier University, 2013.

Keene  Caty Ferguson

Manchester  Mariah Halleck

(Aug. 2015)  Legislative aide in the Ohio House of Representatives, Jan.-Aug. 2015.  Undergraduate degree in political science from Ashland University, 2014.  twitter

Nashua  Harry Fones

(Sept. 2015)  Bachelor's degree in political science and history from Gettysburg College, 2015; co-chair of Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans, March 2014-March 2015.

College Coordinators
University of New Hampshire  Lillian Radack
Saint Anselm College  Nick Petromelis
Dartmouth College  Cameron Isen

Former Field Director

Nashua (Hillsborough County)  Helen Gallagher
(Aug. 2015)  Deputy field director on Massachusetts Victory, 2013-14.  Manager in the Town of Norwood, Sept. 2003-June 2013.  Studied at Northeastern University.

press release

Headquarters: 1316 Pulaski St., Columbia  29201 >

More Offices
CD 1
- 4 Carriage Ln., Suite 306, Charleston  29407
   ...Jonathan Eberle
CD 2 - and state headquarters   ...Brad Bales
CD 3 - 2406 N. Main St., Suite A, Anderson  29621   ...Ben Kimmel
CD 4 - 742 Wade Hampton Blvd., Greenville  29209   ...Levi Fox
CD 5 - 264 Latitude Ln., Suite 102, Lake Wylie  29710   ...Dwayne McClure
CD 6  - no office; based in Orangeburg   ...Nate Nesbitt
CD 7 - 520 Highway 17 South, Surfside Beach  29575   ...Anne Peterson-Hutto

State Director  Chris Slick

Director of political programs for The Felkel Group from 2014.  Oversaw political operations at the South Carolina House Republican Caucus in 2012.  Director of online operations at ACT! for America.  South Carolina staffer on Mitt Romney's campaign, 2006-08.  Greenville native.  twitter

Political Director and CD2 Regional Director  Brad Bales

Special assistant and senior legislative aide to Ohio Senate President Keith Faber from Jan. 2013; aide in the Ohio Senate from Jan. 2011.  B.A. in political science/pre-law from Ohio University, 2009.  twitter

Regional Directors
CD 1/Charleston  Jonathan Eberle

(Sept. 2015)  B.A. in international studies from Bob Jones University.  twitter

CD 2/Columbia  Brad Bales

see above

CD 3/Anderson  Ben Kimmel

Legislative aide in the Ohio Senate from Jan. 2014.  Worked in the Ohio Treasurer's Office from Feb. 2013-Jan. 2014.  Campaign associate at Friends of Faber, Oct. 2012-Feb. 2013.  Field rep. for the College Republican National Committee in Erie, PA, May-Oct. 2012.  Graduate of Bluffton University, 2012.

CD 4/Greenville  Levi Fox


CD 5/Lake Wylie  Dwayne McClure

CD 6/Orangeburg  Nate Nesbitt

Has worked on numerous campaigns and most recently was "spokesperson, press secretary and analyst at a research firm."  Majored in philosophy and English at Morehouse College.  Originally from Boston, MA.  twitter

CD 7/Surfside Beach  Anne Peterson-Hutto

Lobbyist, runs Innovative Public Affairs, LLC.  Elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2008 and served one term.  Ran her own litigation firm in South Carolina from 2006-12.  Practiced law in New York City until 1996.  J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, 1992; B.A. from University of Notre Dame, 1989.

press release


State Director  David Gallagher

(announced Feb. 3, 2016)  Chief of staff at OH/IN UAS Center [unmanned aircraft systems] from Dec. 2013.  Nevada field director on Romney for President, June-Nov. 2012.  Executive director of the Nevada Republican Party, Aug. 2011-Oct. 2012.  Political director on Linda McMahon for U.S. Senate, Nov. 2009-Nov. 2010.  Political director on Knudson for Governor, June-Nov. 2009.  Ohio state director for Romney for President, Oct. 2007-Feb. 2008.  Director of government affairs at HBA Greater Cincinnati, April-Oct. 2007.  Campaign manager on Nevada State Treasurer camapign, April 2005-Dec. 2006.  Field director for the Ohio Republican Party, Jan. 2003-April 2005.  Staff of RNC Victory 2004, Bush/Cheney '04, Jan. 2004-Jan. 2005.  Staff assistant to U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine, Dec. 2000-Jan. 2003.  B.A. in political science from University of Dayton, 2000.  Native of Dayton, OH.


"more than 50 staff and 14 offices operating in 12 of the March primary states, including: Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Vermont, Virginia, Kentucky, Maine, Hawaii, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio and North Carolina."

press release



Regional Director   ...Danielle Smith


Headquarters and Regional Director:
354 Mountain View Dr., Colchester, VT  05446   ...Jay Wadsworth


Offices and Regional Directors
1751 Pinnacle Dr., #600, McLean, VA  22102    ...Eugene Patrone
119 E. Washington St. Suffolk, VA  23434    ...Brian Kirwin

State Director  Kevin Watters

(Feb. 2016)  Durham, NH regional director, Aug. 2015-Feb. 2016.  Staff assistant to U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers (OH-15), Jan.-Aug. 2015.  Project manager at King Strategic Communications, Aug.-Dec. 2014.  B.S. in political science from The Ohio State University, 2014.



Offices and Regional Directors
Eastern MI - 90 Macomb Pl., Mt. Clemens, MI  48043    ...Nick Shaheen
Central MI - 600 W. St. Joseph St., Lansing, MI  48933
   ...Blake Edmonds
Western MI - 2900 Wilson Ave. SW, Suite 9, Grandville, MI  49418    ...Kyle Brethauer



Offices and Regional Directors
807 Spring Forest Rd, Suite 1500, Raleigh, NC 27609    ...Chris MacDonald
3816 Sardis Church Rd., Monroe, NC 28110    ...Nick Vaughn
111 Cypress St., Greensboro, NC 27405    ...Lars Knapp


Offices and Regional Directors
20220 Center Ridge Rd., Rocky River, OH 44116    ...Nicole Kostura
2729 Fulton Dr. NW A, Canton, OH 44718 
   ...Christina Wagner
1755 Merriman Rd., #250, Akron, OH 44313    ...Bill Albright
323 North Huron, Toledo, OH 43604    ...Rebecka Bedard
48 North Sandusky St., Delaware, OH 43015    ...Amanda Koren
50 E Mound St., Columbus, OH 43215    ...Jordan Triance
210 E State St., Salem, OH 44460    ...Mariah Halleck



Headquarters and Regional Director:
1780 Sequoia Vista Circle, Salt Lake City, Utah 84104   ...Emma Watkins

press release
"more than 40 staff members and 20 offices directing grassroots efforts in April and May primary states - including Connecticut, Maryland, Rhode Island, Delaware, Pennsylvania,New York and Indiana"

April 26


Offices and Regional Directors
400 Post Rd., Fairfield, CT 06824   ...Jessica Davenport
Hartford Area - 945 S. Queen St., Southington, CT 06489   ...Chris Diorio
Connecticut Coast - 1587 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook, CT 06498   ...Brooks Alderman


Offices and Regional Directors
541 College Square, Newark, DE 19711   ...Brian Fahey
38975A Rehobeth Ave. Exd, Rehobeth, DE 19971   ...Zach Russell


Offices and Regional Directors
Montgomery County - 15835 Crabbs Branch Way, Suite B, Derwod, MD 20855   ...Dan McHugh
7 King Charles Place, Annapolis, MD 21401   ...Angelo Lamberto


Offices and Regional Directors
Philadelphia - 20 West Athens Ave., Ardmore, PA 19003   ...Bill Hillman
8035 McKnight Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237   ...Michael O'Connell
2051 State Rd., Camp Hill, PA 10711   ...Issy Stence


Office and Regional Director
Washington County - 6810 Post Rd., North Kingstown, RI 02852   ...Katie Young


New Day Independent Media Committee Inc.
Started as a 527 organization reported on July 6, 2015...then filed with the FEC as a super PAC on Aug. 8, 2015
  [expenditures solely to purchase and produce media]

Media Strategist  Fred Davis

(reported by Bloomberg Politics' Mark Halperin on June 9, 2015)   Principal at Strategic Perception, Inc. in Hollywood, CA.  Presidential work includes Jon Huntsman in the 2011 pre-campaign period and then for the pro-Huntsman super PAC.  Chief creative consultant to the McCain-Palin campaign from summer 2008; also brought on by the RNC to serve as creative director for the 2008 Republican National Convention.  Part of the creative team on Bush Cheney '04, Inc..  His first presidential campaign was Morry Taylor's longshot bid in 1996; Davis did his first political work for his uncle Jim Inhofe.  He had a twenty-year career in corporate advertising, starting in 1972 with his father's PR firm and buiding it into Davis & Matos, Inc..

Treasurer  Susan Jones
Winterset CPA Group.