March 23, 2016

Marco Battaglia, Communications Director
(319) 214-0335


Council Bluffs, Iowa-Libertarian Jake Porter, Iowa’s first (and, so far, only) declared candidate in the state’s 2018 gubernatorial election, announced his campaign’s first staffing round on Monday, appointing five supporters to key positions for the long fight ahead.

James Schneider of Cedar Falls and Amy Garmoe of Iowa City will head up the campaign as, respectively, campaign manager and chief of staff.

Joining Schneider and Garmoe are communications director Marco Battaglia of Des Moines, field director Brad Fuhrmann of Iowa City and campaign researcher Katie Coughlin of Cedar Falls.

“With the Republican Party in a state of disintegration and the Democrats seemingly unable to get their act together either, 2018 is shaping up as a year of change,” says Porter, who launched his campaign on March 12. “The voters are watching. And they don’t like what they see going on in Des Moines. I intend to show them something better.”

That starts with a professional and well-organized campaign with a long-term strategy, says Porter, 28, of Council Bluffs. He intends to visit every county in Iowa over the next 37 months, meeting with voters and pitching his plan for economic resurgence and a return to the state’s pioneer values of individual liberty.

Porter, a veteran Libertarian Party activist, has run twice for Iowa Secretary of State, and played key roles in the state for the Libertarian presidential campaigns of former congressman Bob Barr and former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson. He’s also served on his party’s national committee.

The Libertarian Party is America’s third largest political party. Nearly 150 Libertarians currently serve in elected office nationwide.


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From Left to Right James Schneider, Amy Garmoe, Jake Porter, Katie Coughlin, Marco Battaglia (Not Pictured-Brad Fuhrmann)