Staff

Staff

Ron Nielson

Ron Nielson

Executive Editor

Nielson is a corporate and political strategist. His clients include leading firms in banking, retail, entertainment and marketing. His work includes strategic communications, public relations and market and public opinion research. As a political consultant he has worked on hundreds of campaigns primarily in the Republican party. In 2009 he co-founded the Our America Initiative. In 2016 he was the national campaign manger for the Libertarian Presidential ticket of Gov. Gary Johnson and Gov. Bill Weld.
Joe Hunter

Joe Hunter

Editor

joe@thejacknews.com

A native of Missouri, with more than thirty years’ experience in public policy and communications, Joe is a veteran of complex issue management and messaging.  As an appointee in the Administration of President George H.W. Bush, he oversaw external relations for Federal agencies with combined budgets of almost $2 billion. Likewise, having worked for more than 15 years as both a congressional press assistant and chief of staff, Joe knows first-hand the challenge of communicating with the public through the news media and through the use of a wide range of public relations tools. Joe has extensive experience in political campaigns and various for profit and not for profit projects.

Jay Wilson

Jay Wilson

Senior Writer

jay@thejacknews.com

Wilson most recently served as the Director of Social Media on the presidential campaign of Gary Johnson and Bill Weld. He started in politics by founding the political advocacy organization A Libertarian Future after the 2012 presidential election. Its Facebook page now reaches tens of millions of people a month, and the website received more than 10 million pageviews in three years. Wilson has also launched a successful digital marketing firm with a range of domestic and international clients. After living in Europe intermittently throughout college, he currently resides in California – strictly for the climate.

Jim Bennett

Jim Bennett

Senior Writer

jim@thejacknews.com

Jim Bennett recently ran for Congress as the first candidate of the newly formed United Utah Party and garnered the largest vote percentage of any third-party congressional candidate in Utah history. A longtime editorial writer and columnist for the Deseret News, he has managed several political campaigns in Utah, and he is currently at work on a biography of his father, former Utah Senator Robert F. Bennett. He and his wife, Laurel, are the parents of five children.

Andy Craig

Andy Craig

Senior Writer

andy@thejacknews.com

A writer and political consultant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Craig has twice been a candidate for public office: in 2014 for Wisconsin Secretary of State, and in 2016 for Congress in Wisconsin’s 4th district, where he received 11 percent of the vote as the Libertarian Party’s nominee. He also worked as the endorsements director on the presidential campaign of Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, and has served in a variety of roles in the Libertarian Party at the local, state, and national level.