Archive for October, 2007

Chris Sander event Nov. 7

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

3rd Congressional District GOP candidate Chris Sander is holding a dinner fundraiser on Wednesday, November 7 at the Royale Orleans Banquet Center at 2801 Telegraph Road in St. Louis.  The reception is from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with dinner following from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Host committee donations are $250, with dinner coming in at $100.  For more information, call (314) 261-2008.

Peter Kinder to endorse, hold fundraiser for Shamed Dogan

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder announced today that he is endorsing former Talent staffer Shamed Dogan for State Representative in Missouri’s 88th District.

“Shamed Dogan has all of the qualities that we want to see in our public servants: experience, energy, and most importantly, a commitment to Missouri values,” said Kinder. “From the first time that I met Shamed, I was impressed with his grasp of the issues and his dedication to conservative principles. He is an exceptional candidate and exactly the kind of leader that our party needs.”

Kinder will also headline a fundraiser for Dogan Nov. 10 at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Chesterfield. The host committee for the event includes former Sen. Jim Talent, State Reps. Jane Cunningham (R-Chesterfield) and Kenny Jones (R-California), Tim Drury of Drury Development, and Ballwin Aldermen James Robinson, Jane Suozzi and Jimmy Terbrock.

Dogan was born and raised in St. Louis. He graduated from Yale University in 2000 and served as a legislative assistant for Senator Jim Talent from 2003 to 2006. In those years, he helped write federal “Pass with Care” legislation and advised the senator on a range of issues including transportation, energy, and immigration.

Dogan was recently selected as the St. Louis Young Republicans’ Man of the Year as well as one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s 30 Under 30. He works for the Regional Business Council and is a member of the St. Louis Area Young Republicans, the West County Jaycees, and the Urban League Young Professionals. He lives in Ballwin with his wife, Sara.

For more information about the fundraiser, contact the campaign at 314-882-8767 or doganforstaterep {at} gmail.com.

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On Jason Van Eaton and Matt Roney

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

As teased earlier on the site today, Sen. Kit Bond announced that Jason Van Eaton and Matt Roney are moving over from the official to the campaign side of his operation.

(Note to young Dems — if the names Jason Van Eaton and Matt Roney don’t ring any bells, you have a good excuse — you’ve never seen their names on any Dem blogs tied to any sort of scandal.)

The success of Van Eaton and Roney as political strategists — and, more importantly, as husbands and fathers — has made some people envious.  But for those of us young bucks who aspire to lead meaningful lives, Jason and Matt are pretty good role models to emulate.

The complete statement from the Bond operation is here.

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Bond: Missouri Political Operation Ramped Up

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

COLUMBIA, MO - As this session of Congress of Congress nears an end, U.S. Senator Kit Bond today announced key staff restructuring in his personal and political operations. State Director, Jason Van Eaton, and Director for the Western Missouri District, Matt Roney, will move over to the political arm of Bond’s operation.

“Jason and Matt have been essential to my official office operations. They are trusted members of my staff and I look forward to continue working with them on our political efforts in a very important election cycle,” said Bond.

With a number of big races coming up in 2008, Bond wants to ramp up his political operation in-state. In addition to pursuing other private sector opportunities, Jason and Matt will spearhead political operations. This restructuring will happen at the end of session.

Bond noted that for more than a decade each, Van Eaton and Roney have served the people of Missouri as devoted and valuable members of his team and their official service will be missed.

W. Jason Van Eaton was born and raised in Southwest Missouri. Jason has served in numerous capacities for Bond, most recently serving as Bond’s State Director for over 7 years. Jason has also focused his efforts on appropriations projects, transportation policy, infrastructure, education, economic development, as well as several major development projects. On the political front, Jason worked on his first campaign in 1994 when John Ashcroft was running for the U.S. Senate. In 1998, Jason served as a Regional Director for Bond’s reelection. During the 2000 election cycle, he was the Campaign Manager for now U.S. Congressman Todd Akin in his first run for Congress. Again in 2004 he served as Campaign Manager, this time, for Bond’s reelection.

Matthew L. Roney was born and raised in greater Kansas City, Missouri. Matt has served in numerous capacities for Bond, most recently serving as Director for the Western Missouri District for the last 6 years. Duties included managing a district staff, coordinating appropriations requests, and coordinating governmental involvement in key economic development projects. Matt also served as Political Director for Senator Bond’s successful reelection in 2004.

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