The Sacramento Press Club will host a post-primary breakdown with Darry Sragow of Target Book, Paul Mitchell from Political Data Inc., Democratic consultant Katie Merrill and Republican consultant Jennifer Jacobs. Going beyond who won and who lost, our panelists will discuss trends, demographics and what the outcome means for the November general election.
Darry Sragow is a veteran Democratic political strategist and attorney. He served as chief campaign advisor for the Assembly Democratic Caucus, and as campaign manager for five statewide races in California, three for governor and two for the U.S. Senate. Sragow has also managed a number of school and community college bond campaigns. He is currently senior counsel with the international law firm Dentons and teaches undergraduate political science at the University of Southern California. Darry previously directed the USC/Los Angeles Times poll.
Paul Mitchell is the owner of Redistricting Partners, and Vice President of Political Data Inc.—nationally recognized bipartisan industry leaders in their respective fields. He has been involved in campaigns from San Diego to Marin, California to North Carolina, and has worked with statewide organizations on legislative and congressional redistricting. He also works with local agencies on voting rights issues and implementation of the California Voting Rights Act. Through Political Data, he helps campaigns with data to contact registered voters, model voter behavior, target their constituencies and get out the vote. Mitchell also works with academic institutions, the Public Policy Institute of California and other nonprofit groups.
Katie Merrill is a principal at national direct mail and campaign consulting firm Baughman Merrill. She began her career as a field operative for Barbara Boxer’s first U.S. Senate campaign and has become one of the leading female and LGBT campaign managers and consultants in the country. Merrill has advised Democratic campaigns for president, governor, U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, and the Legislature. She has also worked on statewide ballot measures and advised corporations, trade associations and nonprofit groups. She is on the National Advisory Council for the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and lectures in the political science department.
Jennifer Jacobs is owner of Sunshine Strategy, a firm specializing in public relations, media and public affairs, crisis communications and event planning. Her clients have included governors, state constitutional officers, legislators, mayors, and city council members. She has also served national, state and local political organizations. Jacobs was a chief of staff in the Legislature, and was a key manager for Republican leadership throughout the state, with a focus on the Central Valley and San Diego. Jacobs also trains corporate and government leaders in media relations and crisis communications.