Today, the Kim Reynolds For Iowa committee is making a number of announcements regarding staff hires, website and social media changes, and committee designation changes.
New staff hires
Governor Kim Reynolds said: “I’m humbled to serve the people of Iowa as Governor. While I’m proud of our progress together, we won’t rest. Every day, we must work together to Build a Better Iowa, and a future filled with opportunity,” said Reynolds.
“With today’s announcement we are laying the groundwork for the 2018 election, and that starts with a great team. I’m proud to have Phil Valenziano, Angie Hughes, and Matt Leopold leading our campaign team, and I look forward to sharing my vision for the future with all Iowans.”
Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg said “Governor Reynolds and I are honored to serve the people of Iowa, and we hope to continue to do so for a long time. We’re happy to add Phil Valenziano, Angie Hughes, and Matt Leopold to our team today. We’re confident that with their help, and the support of grassroots Iowans across our great state, we’ll have the opportunity to build a better Iowa for many years to come.”
The Governor and Lt. Governor intend to be candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor in 2018. A final decision and formal announcement will be made in the coming months.
Phil Valenziano joins the Reynolds-Gregg team as Campaign Manager. Previously, he served as a senior advisor to Governor Reynolds. Additionally, he served as Iowa Director for Christie for President, 2015 Branstad-Reynolds Inaugural Committee Director, 2014 Branstad-Reynolds Political Director, various roles on the Romney-Ryan campaign, and the Republican Party of Iowa. He is a native of Colts Neck, New Jersey, and an alumnus of The Catholic University of America.
Angie Hughes joins the Reynolds-Gregg team as Finance Director. Previously, she served as an assistant to the Iowa House Majority Leader, Iowa Director for the Unlocking Potential Project – a conservative grassroots initiative founded by Carly Fiorina, and a policy analyst for the Iowa Senate Republicans. Hughes worked in the private sector most recently. She is a native of Osceola and has a political science degree from Central College.
Matt Leopold joins the Reynolds-Gregg team as Political Director. Matt previously led the State Senate Republicans’ successful 2016 effort to reclaim the Senate Majority by picking up 6 seats, directed the Republican Party of Iowa’s 2016 legislative candidate recruitment efforts, and was a field director on the 2014 Branstad Reynolds campaign. Matt worked in Governor Branstad’s official office in 2015. Matt is a native of Mount Vernon, Iowa and received his degree in history from Hendrix College.
New social media accounts
The Reynolds-Gregg campaign’s new Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/ReynoldsGregg/
The Reynolds-Gregg campaign’s new twitter page is: https://twitter.com/ReynoldsGregg
The Reynolds-Gregg campaign website is www.ReynoldsGregg.com
A new Iowa campaign committee has been established, named “Kim Reynolds for Iowa”. The committee has updated the office sought and year to Governor, and 2018, respectively. These updates are on file with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board.
Lt. Governor Gregg has created a new committee, “Adam Gregg for Iowa”, with office sought as Lieutenant Governor. These updates are on file with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board.