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"Candidates" presentation in P A 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy: Modern American Political Campaigns

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Kelly Fero and Bryan Eppstein

Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2007

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Kelly Fero

Kelly Fero has been named top Texas Democratic strategist by the influential Capitol Inside political newsletter for three years running (2004, 2005, 2006). Formerly a director at Public Strategies, Inc., the Austin-based public affairs firm, Fero served as policy adviser and political strategist for the Mexican Ambassador and the government of Mexico in the U.S. Helping oversee the groundbreaking Texas Performance Review for then-State Comptroller John Sharp, Fero was one of the creators of that project's successful communications strategy and wrote the final reports, which laid the groundwork for the language of the reinventing government movement in the 1990s. Today, he works at Fero Hewitt Global in Austin, TX.

Bryan Eppstein

Bryan Eppstein is widely recognized as one of the best political minds on either side of the aisle in Texas. The Republican consultant has concentrated on the Legislature and run hundreds of campaigns for House and Senate candidates. A mile lone list of successful candidates includes State Senators Kip Averitt, Kim Brimer, Chris Harris, Jane Nelson, Todd Staples and Tommy Williams along with State Reps. Mary Denny, Dwayne Bohac, Gary Elkins, Charlie Geren, Bill Keffer, Jim Keffer, Lois Kolkhorst, Edmund Kuempel, Brian McCall, Tommy Merritt and Burt Solomons.