|CJ Galdes, left, with Scott Hagerstrom (Phto by DarKen Photography)|
By Brandon Hall
Donald Trump's Michigan State Director Scott Hagerstrom has announced an expansion of the Republican Presidential nominee's campaign team in the Great Lakes State.
CJ Galdes, previously the statewide field director, now serves as Hagerstrom's second in command as Deputy State Director.
Joining the campaign are longtime Hagerstrom ally Randy Wood as Political Director, Tim Lineberger as Communications Director, Tia Jurkiw as Events Coordinator, Christopher Morris as Field Coordinator, and Kevin Tatulyan as Coalitions Director.
“Michiganders understand that Hillary Clinton represents a third Obama term while the Trump-Pence campaign of tougher law enforcement, stopping illegal immigration and bringing back jobs is resonating strongly across the state," Hagerstrom said in a press release. "Voters are tired of the same old Washington corruption and back room deals and will vote for change in November,” Hagerstrom added.
Matt Hall was a Trump delegate in Cleveland and also served on the Rules Committee. He says Galdes is "battle tested."
"CJ Galdes played a key role in organizing Mr. Trump's historic March primary victory in Michigan, which saw a record number of voters participate," Hall said. "CJ was thrown into the fire, and performed extraordinarily well. He is battle tested, and I have full confidence in him, and our Trump State Director Scott Hagerstrom, to organize the tremendous energy and enthusiasm in our state for Mr. Trump and implement a ground game to win in November."
Scott Greenlee, President of Greenlee Consulting, a political and corporate consulting firm, praised the move.
"Galdes does a really great job," Greenlee said. "He's a hard worker and a tremendous asset to Trump's Michigan operation. Hagerstrom has a solid team in place that's ready to make Hillary earn our votes in November."
Diane Schindlbeck is a conservative activist who was in Cleveland as a Trump delegate, and is also in the process of opening a West Michigan office for Trump at Fricano Place in Muskegon.
She was excited about the announcement.
She was excited about the announcement.
"CJ is a true professional ," Schindlbeck said. "I'm a former realtor and completely new to politics, I had no experience whatsoever...CJ has helped me every step of the way. More importantly, he's been a class act the entire time-he's indispensable."
>>>Read the release below:
Trump-Pence Expands Michigan Campaign Team(LANSING, MI) August 21, 2016 – Today, the Trump-Pence campaign announced the addition of experienced operatives serving in senior staff positions for the Michigan campaign.“We are excited to announce the expansion of our Michigan campaign team as we continue to spread Mr. Trump’s vision of an economy that puts America First,” said Scott Hagerstrom, the Trump-Pence Campaign Michigan State Director.
“Michiganders understand that Hillary Clinton represents a third Obama term while the Trump-Pence campaign of tougher law enforcement, stopping illegal immigration and bringing back jobs is resonating strongly across the state. Voters are tired of the same old Washington corruption and back room deals and will vote for change in November,” Hagerstrom added.
CJ Galdes will serve as Deputy State Director for the Trump-Pence campaign in Michigan. CJ previously served as the Michigan State Field Director, and also helped lead campaign operations in five other states for Mr. Trump during the 2016 primary. Prior to joining the campaign, he served as State Field Director for Generation Opportunity in Michigan, and also worked under the Senate Majority Leader as a Committee Clerk for the Michigan State Senate. A native of Grand Rapids, CJ graduated from James Madison College at Michigan State University with a B.A. in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy.Randy Wood will serve as Political Director for the Trump-Pence campaign in Michigan. A Lansing political veteran, Randy previously served as Political Director for the Michigan Prosperity Project, and also led the field organization program for Americans for Prosperity-Michigan. He has also consulted on numerous Michigan campaigns and served in the executive office of Attorneys General Mike Cox and Bill Schuette.Tim Lineberger will serve as Communications Director for the Trump-Pence campaign in Michigan. Tim has previously consulted on local, state, and federal political campaigns, and has also served in communications roles for corporations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. Recently, Tim took a leave of absence from his third year of law school to join the Trump-Pence campaign.Tia Jurkiw will serve as Events Coordinator for the Trump-Pence campaign in Michigan. Tia specializes in the planning, marketing, and execution of corporate and private events. She is also experienced in social media and website development. Tia is a Rochester Hills native and graduated from Bowling Green State University with a B.S. in Business Administration.Christopher Morris will serve as the Field Liaison for the Trump-Pence campaign in Michigan. Christopher specializes in IT, and previously worked as a Systems Administrator for a local software development company in Grand Rapids, where he resides. A graduate of Grand Valley State University, Christopher was born in Anchorage, Alaska, and moved to Michigan in 2004.Kevin Tatulyan will serve as the Coalitions Director for the Trump-Pence campaign in Michigan. Kevin is a member of Michigan's 11th Congressional District Republican Executive Committee and previously served as Vice-Chairman of the Wayne County Young Republicans. In addition, Kevin has experience as a campaign operative and manager. Kevin graduated from Wayne State University where he served as President of the Student Senate and Vice President of the Student Association of Michigan.###
Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.
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