Councilmember at-Large Megan Barry’s mayoral campaign today took another step forward by naming a highly regarded campaign manager and political consulting firms.
Barry appointed Claudia Huskey, a senior aide to Al Gore, to be her campaign manager. Since 2012, Huskey has been facilitating the former vice president’s involvement in business, political, and nonprofit activities. She got her start in Tennessee politics as a field director for former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. in his 2006 U.S. Senate race. Huskey also served as a political director and research analyst for Tennessee State Senate Democratic Caucus Chairman Lowe Finney.
“I am delighted to welcome Claudia to my campaign in a leadership role,” said Barry. “Claudia has been an advisor and friend since I first ran for office in 2007, and she is a rising star in Nashville political circles. Our campaign will be people-powered with an emphasis on grassroots organizing, and that’s one of the things Claudia does best.” Barry announced that the Snyder Pickerill Media Group will assist with campaign strategy and handle advertising. The Chicago-based firm’s principals, Ken Snyder and Terrie Pickerill, have extensive experience electing federal, state, and local candidates around the country, including mayors in Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Jersey City, and Houston. Snyder’s background includes many years managing campaigns at every level. Before joining with Snyder to form SP Media, Pickerill spent her career working with Barack Obama strategist David Axelrod’s firm, playing a direct role in producing campaign ads for Obama’s Senate and historic 2008 presidential campaign.
Barry’s campaign has engaged Anzalone Liszt Grove Research, a public opinion research firm with offices in Washington, New York, and Montgomery, Alabama. In addition to work with mayoral candidates in several cities (including Atlanta, Cincinnati, Austin, Charlotte, and Omaha), ALG has done polling and strategic consulting for congressional, gubernatorial, and state house races around the country. They handled public opinion research in several states for the Obama campaign in 2008 and 2012.
“The team we are assembling brings a winning combination of deep experience and creativity,” said Barry. “I am thrilled to have the assistance of these talented professionals who will help me communicate my vision for the city’s bright future and lead a serious conversation about improving schools, expanding economic growth and opportunity, enhancing public safety, and better serving our wonderful neighborhoods.”