Alumni on the Campaign Trail

Morgan Murtaugh is interviewed on camera
November 06, 2018


SMPA alumni are running for office and the driving force behind midterm campaigns all across the country. Here are just a few to keep an eye on as the election results come in tonight.


Kelsi Browning

Position: National Communications Director

Candidate: Paul Davis

Office: U.S. House candidate, KS-2

Party: Democrat

Outlook: Leans Democrat

Class Year: 2012

Major: Political Communication

Adam Conner and André Gonzales

Positions: Consultant / Volunteer

Candidate: Xochitl Torres Small

Office: U.S. House candidate, NM-2

Party: Democrat

Outlook: Toss Up

Class Years: 2006 / 2020

Majors: Political Communication

Chris Evans

Position: Communications Director

Candidate: Beto O'Rourke

Office: U.S. Senate candidate, TX

Party: Democrat

Outlook: Likely Republican

Class Year: 2016

Major: Political Communication

Avery Jaffe

Position: Spokesperson

Candidates: Andrew Gillum and Chris King

Office: Governor and Lt. Governor candidates, FL

Party: Democrat

Outlook: Likely Democrat

Class Year: 2015

Major: Political Communication

Mari Manoogian

Position: Candidate

Office: State Representative, MI-40

Party: Democrat

Class Year: 2014

Major: Global Communication

Morgan Murtaugh

Position: Candidate

Office: U.S. House candidate, CA-53

Party: Republican

Outlook: Solid Democrat

Class Year: 2015

Major: Political Communication

Sophie Ota

Position: Digital Writer

Candidate: Elizabeth Warren

Office: U.S. Senate candidate, MA

Party: Democrat

Outlook: Solid Democrat

Class Year: 2018

Major: Political Communication