STAFF

Ron Nielson, Executive Editor

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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.

Drew Clark, Editor

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The former opinion editor of the Deseret News of Salt Lake City, Utah’s oldest and most influential newspaper, Clark also wrote a weekly political column there until taking a leave of absence to serve as communications advisor on the presidential campaign of Gary Johnson and Bill Weld. He founded the Broadband Breakfast Club in 2008, which drove the Washington debate around broadband infrastructure. That led to his appointment as executive director of the Partnership for a Connected Illinois under Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. He is also a lawyer licensed in Illinois and in Utah, where he founded the Utah Breakfast Club after moving to the state in 2013. As an attorney, he works with companies, local governments, and economic development entities seeking to promote better fiber-optic and wireless infrastructure.

Joe Hunter, Opinion Editor

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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.

J. Wilson, Digital Director and Senior Writer

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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, Senior Writer

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Bennett is the executive director of the United Utah Party. A longtime editorial writer and columnist for the Deseret News, he is currently at work on a biography of his father, former United States Senator Robert F. Bennett. He has managed political campaigns in Utah, and served for several years as the marketing and artistic director of the Tuacahn Center for the Arts. He and his wife, Laurel, are the parents of five children.

Andy Craig, Senior Writer

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A writer and political consultant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Craig has been featured in publications including The Daily Caller, The Capital Times, PolitiFact, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. He has also previously covered third-party news for Independent Political Report. 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 endorsement director on the presidential campaign of Gary Johnson and Bill Weld.