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State Director Aaron Willard
(announced Aug. 22, 2016) Most recently was working on U.S. Rep. Jason Smith (MO-8)'s re-election campaign, and previously worked as communications director in his congressional office. Chief of staff to Sen. Ryan Silvey (R-Kansas City) from Dec. 2014. Consulting as Stratagem LLC. Division leader at Pelopidas, March 2013-Dec. 2014 including treasurer and spokesperson for the GrowMO PAC. Managed Ann Wagner's successful campaign for Congress, Dec. 2011-Dec. 2012. Executive director of the Missouri House Republican Campaign Committee, June-Dec. 2011. Chief of staff to the Speaker of the Missouri House, Jan. 2010-June 2011. Master's degree in public affairs (2007) and bachelor's degree in economics from University of Missouri-Columbia (2004). Also note: During the primary campaign the Kasich campaign announced Willard as part of its Missouri leadership team. twitter
Communications Director Todd Abrajano
(Aug. 22, 2016) Founder (May 201) and president
of Turning Point
Public Affairs. Vice president at VOX Global, a Washington
D.C. based international public affairs firm, Jan. 2008-Dec. 2010.
Managing supervisor at Fleishman-Hillard’s world headquarters in
St. Louis, Aug. 2006-Dec. 2007. Director of communications for
the Missouri House of Representatives, Feb. 2005-July 2006.
Self-employed campaign consultant, May 2002-Nov. 2004. Press
secretary for the Speaker of the Missouri House and other members of
the Missouri House’s Republican majority leadership team. B.A. in
political science from Yale University. twitter
Chairman John Hancock
(elected Sept. 21, 2015) Launched John Hancock & Associates in 2003, providing services to local, state, and federal political candidates; acquired by Strategy Group for Media in 2013. Frequent radio host on KMOX-AM 1120 in St. Louis, where he co-hosts the Hancock & Kelley program. Executive director of the Missouri Republican Party in the 1997-98 cycle. A former two-term member of the Missouri House of Representatives, Hancock was the GOP nominee for Missouri Secretary of State in 1992 and 1996. twitter
Executive Director Jonathan Prouty
Worked for John Hancock at Strategy Group for Media
from 2013, and prior to that he was communications director for the
Missouri Republican Party for nearly four years.
Director Garrett Poorman