Inside the campaigns

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The Colorado Statesman

Coffman for AG campaign announces finance co-chairs

Cynthia Coffman, one of two announced Republican candidates for Attorney General in 2014 (the other is state Rep. Mark Waller of Colorado Springs) has named Sharon Magness Blake and J. Landis Martin as finance co-chairs of her campaign.

“Sharon and Lanny are dedicated visionaries and icons of the philanthropic and business communities here in Colorado,” Coffman said. “Both Sharon and Lanny embody the leadership, integrity and diligence that will define my election campaign and I am proud to call them friends.”

Sharon Magness Blake is finance co-chair of Cynthia Coffman’s Attorney General campaign.

Magness Blake is the president of the Thunder Foundation and a partner in Epicurean Catering. In addition, she currently serves on the boards of the University of Colorado Hospital Foundation, the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation and the National Western Stock Show. Magness Blake is a past member of boards for Volunteers of America, the University of Denver, Denver Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the National Cable Television Center and Museum, and Wings Over the Rockies. In 2010, she received the Mizel Museum Community Enrichment Award for her outstanding philanthropic endeavors.

Martin brings more than 18 years of experience in senior management positions with publicly held industrial, chemical and metal companies. He is currently the managing director of Platte River Equity. Prior to this position, Martin worked as chairman and CEO of Titanium Metals Corporation as well as the CEO and president of NL Industries, Inc. Martin is currently chairman of the board of Crown Castle International Corp. (a leading independent owner & operator of wireless communication sites) as well as a member of the board and lead director of Apartment Investment Management Company (the largest owner, operator and manager of apartments in the U.S.) He has been a director of Halliburton Company since 1998. In his spare time, Martin serves as chairman of the Denver Art Museum Board of Trustees; chairman of the Clyfford Still Museum Foundation; as well as chairman of The Bonfils Stanton Foundation. Martin was named to the Colorado Business Hall of Fame in 2012.

Coffman, whose campaign theme is “Protecting Coloradans from the classroom to the courtroom, and from the family room to the boardroom,” is obviously pleased with her team.

“We know that the liberals and Democrats have boasted a significant money edge in this state for years, but we’re building a finance operation that will be wide, deep, motivated and ready to compete with Don Quick and the Democrats.”

Between launching her campaign for Attorney General on June 12 and the close of the fiscal quarter on June 30, Coffman raised a total of $28,410.

Dunstone to manage Udall’s 2014 Senate reelection campaign

Adam Dunstone, a senior associate at the prestigious RBI Strategies and Research firm in Denver, will helm the campaign of incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, who faces reelection in 2014. Udall, of course, is highly accomplished, but it is young Dunstone whose impressive resumé we herald here.

Adam Dunstone is the campaign manager for U.S. Sen. Mark Udall’s reelection campaign.

Dunstone holds a degree in Public Administration and Public Policy with a concentration in Economics and History from Michigan State University. He moved out west in November of 2004 to “seek his fortune.” He was hired as the executive director of a political organization called ThisMatters. Later, he became the executive director of Be The Change USA.

Dunstone’s Colorado campaign experience includes working as campaign coordinator for U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, and as campaign manager for Chris Romer’s Denver mayoral campaign. He also served as the Iowa field director for Vice President Joe Biden in 2008, and worked for a national advertising firm doing communications and paid media on races in every region of the country. His expertise consists of running large-scale voter contact operations, managing candidate and issue campaigns, and working with media and polling.

Need we say more?

But of course!

In addition to politics, according to online biographical accounts, Dunstone is also experienced in residential construction.

An avid reader, Dunstone is a fan of John Maxwell, an internationally respected leadership expert, speaker and author who has sold more than 19 million books, three which have each sold more than one million copies: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Developing the Leader Within You and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader.

Dunstone wasted no time in immediately getting to work on his latest endeavor and in an email boasted about his current candidate.

“I’m excited to work for someone who continues to represent our state’s values in the U.S. Senate. Mark always fights for Colorado’s middle class and small businesses, and he’s willing to put partisan politics aside to get things done,” Dunstone said.

His two Republican opponents — so far — “are incredibly extreme and don’t represent Colorado values,” said Dunstone of state Sens. Owen Hill of Colorado Springs and Randy Baumgardner of Hot Sulphur Springs.

“One is eager to join extremists in the Senate who want to eliminate the Department of Education and even likened a woman’s right to choose to slavery. Another opponent supported extreme immigration legislation similar to Arizona’s controversial law and sponsored a Personhood Amendment — despite Colorado voters having overwhelmingly rejected such a measure twice.”

Right-wing money has begun to pour in from across the country the moment these candidates jumped in the race, Dunstone lamented. And so he has besieged supporters to help fight back “and send Mark’s new opponents a message of solid grassroots support for Mark. Our response this first week is crucial. Can you help by giving just $5 now?”