Chivukula puts together his CD12 Congressional Campaign Staff

Assemblyman Upendra Chivukla (D-17) today announced key members of his CD12 campaign team.  

“I am thrilled to be surrounded by such an excellent team of campaign professionals,” said Chivukula ” We have received great feedback throughout the district, and our message of progressive problem solving is clearly resonating. I look forward to a spirited campaign and I am confident I have the team in place to win on June 3rd” 

The Chivukula Team is comprised of the following:

Campaign Manager: Henry de Koninck 

De Koninck played a role in two decisive congressional victories including in his role as campaign manager for Congresswoman Nita Lowey of New York (D). He is the winner of the 2013 Stanley F. Reed Award for excellence in campaigning for his work on the 2012 Montclair mayoral and council races. An automated call he wrote for the Montclair race garnered national press in the New York Times and was recognized as the best in the country for 2012 by Campaigns  and Elections Magazine. He has worked with candidates and committees in New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania, and across New Jersey, and on local, state, and federal races.   

Media Consultant: Mark Putnam, Jim Duffy Putnam Partners

Putnam Partners firm’s principals have produced national television advertising for four American presidential campaigns, two overseas parliamentary campaigns and have been lead consultants and strategists for campaigns in 47 states. We’ve helped elect eight U.S. governors, nine U.S. senators and 41 members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

As a member of the Obama Media Team, Mark Putnam wrote and produced the most-watched and highest-profile political ad in American history – Barack Obama’s 2008 thirty-minute prime time television special that aired simultaneously on seven networks and was viewed by over 35 million people.

Putnam Partners’ work  has earned a number of awards including:

57 Pollie Awards for Excellence in Political Television Advertising
Five Telly Awards for Outstanding Commercial Production
Washington Post “Top Ten Commercials”
Silver Microphone Award for Excellence in Radio
Shared Two Grand Prix Awards – 2009 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival

Putnam Partners has had ten ads named among the “Best Ads” of 2008, 2010 and 2012 by Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post.    

Direct Mail: Andrew Kennedy, Kennedy Communications

Kennedy has spent the better part of three decades in the field of political campaigns having managed three winning congressional campaigns, served as a Chief of Staff for a Member of Congress, and as a consultant for campaigns and political organizations in 27 states including 12 Democratic state parties, 21 Members of Congress, two U.S. Senators, and a Governor. His congressional clientele currently includes Senators Chris Coons, Representatives Linda and Loretta Sanchez, Adam Smith, Henry Cuellar, Sanford Bishop, Albio Sires, Sheila Jackson Lee, Grace Meng, and Donald Payne Jr. Over the last decade years, Andrew has been a lead mail consultant in successful efforts by the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware Democratic House Caucuses to win back control of their respective State Houses. He’s also served as a key advisor to Delawarean Jack Markell, whose successful 2008 campaign for Governor was considered one of the biggest upsets in the nation, and former Congressman Joe Sestak during his surprising defeat of Senator Arlen Specter in the 2010 Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania. 

Senior Advisor: Steve Lenox 

Former State Director for U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg, Steve Lenox has over 15 years of experience in government and politics. Prior to his tenure with Sen. Lautenberg, Lenox worked with the the New Jersey AFL – CIO.   Recognized by PolitickerNJ as one of New Jerey’s most influential political personalities Lenox, a veteran of more than a dozen campaigns, has provided counsel and keen insight to political campaigns throughout the state, and is the former Director of Democrats 2000. 

Chivukula puts together his CD12 Congressional Campaign Staff