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Presidential Race Analysis
While California’s brief moment of super-relevance may be over, there’s still plenty to talk about in this year’s presidential race. Join the Sacramento Press Club for a fascinating analysis of the race to date, and what could happen next. We’ll be joined by Tim Clark, state director for Donald Trump’s campaign, Rob Stutzman, founder of the #NeverTrump group, Ben Tulchin, the San Francisco-based pollster for Bernie Sanders, and Buffy Wicks, Hillary Clinton’s director for California.
Tim Clark, state director of the Trump for President Campaign, is a veteran of dozens of winning California public relations, public affairs, and political campaign efforts. An expert at political strategy, voter targeting, and communications, Clark has also helped build statewide and local coalitions and has directed voter contact efforts for statewide ballot measure campaigns. Clark is one of just a handful of GOP consultants to have managed a winning California statewide general election campaign, and he is undefeated in statewide candidate primary contests.
Rob Stutzman is founder and president of Stutzman Public Affairs, a Sacramento-based firm specializing in campaigns, communications and crisis management. Stutzman was coordinating #NeverTrump, an independent effort to defeat Donald Trump in the California primary with fellow Republican consultant Ray McNally. Over 20 years, he has been at the center of some of California’s most epic policy and political events, including the last five governor’s races and numerous statewide ballot measures. Stutzman served as deputy chief of staff for communications to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Ben Tulchin, pollster for the Bernie Sanders for President campaign, is the founder and president of Tulchin Research. Tulchin has provided research and consulting services to a wide range of clients nationally, including government agencies, candidates for elected office, ballot measure campaigns, labor unions, non-profits, corporations and foundations. He has directed polling operations for candidates at all levels. His clients have included former DNC Chairman and presidential candidate Howard Dean, former California Gov. Gray Davis, LG Gavin Newsom and the California Assembly Democratic Caucus.
Buffy Wicks is state director of the Hillary Clinton for President campaign. She was one of the first hires of President Obama’s 2008 campaign, where she spearheaded innovative strategies for grassroots mobilization. She ran state operations for the President’s 2008 campaign in California, Texas and Missouri. Wicks later worked as deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement and was the campaign director for Common Sense Kids Action’s California Kids Campaign. She has roots in the Sacramento area, was born in nearby Forest Hill and is a graduate of Placer High School.
This is also our annual scholarship luncheon, where the Sacramento Press Club will award $34,000 in scholarships to aspiring journalists.
Details for the lunch:
Date: Thursday, May 19
Time: 11:30 registration opens, lunch 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. *Please note the 1:30pm end time*
Where: Capitol Plaza Ballroom, 1025 9th Street, 3rd floor.
RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 17
Cost: $29 members/$40 non-members
The Sacramento Press Club is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to helping the next generation of journalists through scholarships to journalism students in California.
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We are grateful to our Press Club 50 donors who help us provide $34,000 in scholarships annually.