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      John Whitehurst

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      John has directed more than 200 political campaigns over the last 25 years. He has one of the best win records in California, guiding candidates and ballot measures to victory throughout the state.

      John has helped hospitals, schools, colleges and transportation systems secure billions of dollars in public finance measures at the ballot. He has managed successful independent expenditure campaigns for labor and business interests and led groundbreaking candidate campaigns.

      John has helped candidates win at every level of government, including Santa Clara Supervisor Susan Ellenberg, Supervisor Catherine Stefanie, former San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr., former State Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, California Governor Jerry Brown and former State Senators Mark Leno and Noreen Evans. Prior to co-founding Whitehurst/Mosher, John started Whitehurst Campaigns and worked at Clinton Reilly Campaigns. His first professional political campaign was Gary Hart for President in 1984 where he learned to organize in Iowa, Pennsylvania and California.

      John holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from American University. John loves all things Italian — from traveling to Italy to enjoying Italian food and wine. Currently, he is learning how to play the guitar.

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        Santa Clara County Supervisor Otto Lee

        A Military Veteran and long-time Democratic activist, Otto Lee ran against a wide field of strong candidates for Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in District 3. Using a dynamic and effective communication and field strategy pushed Otto into the top two primary with Assembly member Kansen Chu, and then ultimately to victory in November.

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        Field Organizing

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        Santa Clara County Supervisor Otto Lee

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        2020

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        Public opinion research showed that once voters learned about the candidates, Otto was in a much better position than his opponents. His extensive public service experience – including almost 30 years in the U.S. Navy and a term as Sunnyvale Mayor - helped create a clear distinction. We built a field program centered early on Sunnyvale, where Otto had his highest name ID, and then expanded later to key communities with a high density of available votes - those who were likely to turnout and respond to Otto’s message. We were able to leverage Otto’s strengths into endorsements from local political organizations that provided the volunteers needed to run an effective and expansive field campaign, including door-to-door, phone and text outreach. We complimented that program with in-language field programs directed at the many different ethnic communities in his district. Through this program, we were able to touch tens of thousands of voter, helping Otto earn a sizable win on election day.

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