Thanks for the memories 700 East Pleasant

Election Night 2010. The last with our team under one roof at #700EastPleasant.

Jake Ketzner asked if I’d be in the room with Governor Branstad. They needed three people to man three computers to check election results. Basically, they needed a third body to hit “refresh” over and over again until Governor Branstad was announced the winner.

Nicole Schlinger Terry Branstad

At first, I declined.The last time I’d been in the room with a candidate had been in 2006 with Bill Dix. Before that, 1996 with Mike Mahaffey. Frankly, my record of being next to a candidate while they watched election returns was bad.

Jeffrey Robert Boeyink told me if I was asked, I needed to be there.

So on Election Night 2010, I sat in a room and hit refresh over and over and over again alongside Jake and Lynn McRoberts. And lo and behold, Terry Branstad was our Governor again.

After being told I was a terrible fundraiser, after working hard and coming up short for Jim Nussle in 2006, I was finally been the Finance Director for a winning gubernatorial campaign.

Shortly after, we were brought on to help with the fundraising and ticketing for the Inaugural celebration. And while working for Governor Branstad’s campaign was a great experience, the Inauguration was not.

Our call center was growing. Our national clients that year included Tea Party Patriots and Americans United for Life.

It was time to leave Iowa fundraising behind.

We moved our call center into the new building at 109 West Front St in July 2011. The rest of us moved into the basement we now call home in October 2013.

Terry Branstad Kim Reynolds David Young Nicole SchlingerThe last Iowa fundraising event I attended was Governor Branstad’s birthday in November 2014.

And as you read this, I am no longer the owner of #700EastPleasant.

Nicole Schlinger Brooklyn

Women’s History Year

I guess I missed posting anything about Women’s History Month. The government says we celebrate it March 1 – 31, but I say we celebrate it all year so I’m doing a post about it in April.

I know many hardworking women who do incredible work, while wearing heels and juggling a million other things like families, demanding schedules and challenging situations.

photo courtesy of IWF

One of those women is Gov. Kim Reynolds. I read this article a few weeks back and it made me even more proud of our great governor. Not only is she a woman and a leader, but she’s a conservative.

There’s this article too, that discusses that not only has she shattered the glass ceiling herself, but she’s elevating women into top positions in her staff.

Who’s a woman you’ve looked up to?

Thanks for reading,

This is me with Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of Susan B. Anthony List.



Way Back Wednesday

Normally I save the light and fun posts for Friday but I thought I’d do a little reminiscing today. It’s fun to look back at where I’ve been – the campaigns I’ve been a part of, the people I’ve met and the candidates I’ve worked for.

With now Gov. Kim Reynolds and Ambassador to China Terry Branstad

These experiences have certainly shaped my outlook and the direction CampaignHQ has taken over the years.

With Ganske for Senate campaign alumn William Armistead

I’m proud of the work we’ve done and the conservatives we’ve worked so hard for. Looking back is fun, but looking forward to new and exciting adventures is thrilling.

With U.S. Senator and former presidential candidate Ted Cruz

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Thanks for reading,

Nicole Schlinger, President of Campaign Headquarters