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Jim Gray Just Announced His New Campaign Team

August 3rd, 2010 · 5 Comments

Lexington mayoral candidate Jim Gray just announced his new campaign team:

  • Jamie Emmons, Campaign Manager – Jamie, a native Kentuckian and graduate of UK has been a Lexington resident for 11 years. He and his wife, Kari, were married nearly five years ago, at the Kentucky Horse Park. Jamie’s experience includes over 40 political campaigns – both candidate and issue campaigns. These elections have taken him across the state and ranged from local to statewide races including Bruce Lunsford’s bid for U.S. Senate in 08′. Jamie joins the Gray campaign after spending the past 18 months as an aide to Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo.
  • Jennifer Mossotti, Political Director – Jennifer is a high energy community leader who has been working in Lexington for over 30 years. Serving as ninth district council member from 98′ to 06′ Jennifer truly knows the needs of people all across Lexington and will be working to hear more about what YOUR neighboorhood needs.
  • Lisa Tanner, Field Consultant – Lisa has worked for the past six years on various political campaigns around the state of Kentucky. She has managed field for races from Mayoral campaigns to the Governor’s office and is well respected as an expert in grassroots and field targeting. Lisa has most recently served as the field director for Greg Fischer’s Mayoral Primary in Louisville, Congressman Yarmuth’s 2008 victory and as the statewide Institutional Field Director for Governor Steve Beshear’s 2007 victory.
  • Taylor Coots, Field Director – Taylor, a native Kentuckian, has spent over seven years in Lexington at the University of Kentucky and The Martin School. With experience running field operations in five states and at every level for candidates like Bill Richardson, Bruce Lunsford, and Creigh Deeds, Taylor brings the experience to our team to run a dynamic ground game.
  • Emily Gallt, Finance Director – Emily, a native of Lexington, is a graduate of SCAPA at Lafayette High School and Centre College in Danville, KY. Emily worked in Finance for Governor Steve Beshear’s campaign in 07′ and most recently served as Deputy Finance Director for Dr. Daniel Mongiardo’s United States Senate campaign.
  • Walker Mattox, Communications Director – Walker, also a native Kentuckian has called Lexington home for over four years. Having attended UK, Walker served as IT Director for Governor Steve Beshear’s 07′ campaign, and in the Governor’s Office as Director of Information Technology. He most recently worked as IT Director for the Kentucky Horse Park preparing for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

The fact that Gray’s assembled such a varied team should send shockwaves through Lexington’s political circles.

With Jamie, he brings his dad, Dale, the most powerful legislators, the Lunsford folks, even the Isaac folks. Lisa Tanner brings the Mongiardo machine and an entire circle of Democrats who aren’t usually tapped by non-partisan races in Lexington. Taylor solidifies the folks Jamie brings on board. Walker Mattox brings the folks from the Governor’s world and the Young Democrats from around the state.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 wtm // Aug 3, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Whoa nelly, that’s like the 1996 Cats team. Break out the denim.

  • 2 Jeff Noble // Aug 3, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    I got the same email you did. As a Jim Gray supporter, I was very glad to see this roll-out of staff. I immediately sent a congratulatory note to those on the team I know, which is to say all of them except Ms. Gallt and Ms. Mossotti.

    I have known Jamie since he was a young man and I am proud to see him in this role. His father is one of the people who introduced me to statewide politics on a statewide basis thirty years ago and I am sure Jamie as his son has learned far more than I ever did or could.

    I have worked both with and against Lisa, Taylor, and Walker in various campaigns and I’d rather work with them than against them, although that usually means I’d rather they’d be for my candidate than the other way around.

    I met Lisa in the ’06 cycle and we’ve worked closely and successfully together since that time. The last entry on my blog concerns a visit I made to Lisa a week ago today in northern Kentucky. I first met Taylor during the Jerry Lundergan days at KDP HQ, days I very much miss. He brings a wealth of field experience to a race in a city with which he is very familiar. My experience with Walker began under strange circumstances at the 2008 KDP convention but I have come to recognize and appreciate the valuable role he plays in his many endeavors and we are friends and I am happy about that.

    While I can not vote for Mr. Gray, I supported him four years ago and still do. This is impressive news indeed.

  • 3 Blowin' in the wind // Aug 3, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Would someone please get Jim Gray together with Greg Fischer? Maybe GF could learn a few lessons?

  • 4 Thunder Storm // Aug 3, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    What I would like to see is not who these folks like Jamie Emmons have worked for,

    1. its how many races they have won
    2. How many races they won that weren’t locks from the beginning.

    I keep seeing the same Dem consultants etc, Dem names election to election but take serious note of how many Republicans win elections.

    Kim Geveden, Dale Emmons (now Jamie Emmons, Kathy Groob, Tanner etc. When will all these “smart consultants” start getting some victories?

    Especially Kim Geveden, how does he he keep getting employeed? Has this guy EVER won a race?

  • 5 jake // Aug 3, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Kathy Groob is NOT affiliated with Jamie, Dale, Lisa, or that crew. No way, no way.

    I don’t know how many races Jamie’s won, but I know how many Dale has one. Something like 600+ races.

    Lisa’s had victories. Namely, John Yarmuth, Steve Beshear (though, papaw doesn’t really count).

    Jame’s had several. Sannie Overly is one that comes to mind.