WILKES-BARRE — U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta has announced his U.S. Senate campaign team — four months before the May 15 primary.
“I am excited to announce this experienced team of professionals who have a track record of winning tough races in Pennsylvania and across the country,” Barletta said.
The Republican lawmaker from Hazleton hopes to win the GOP nomination to earn the right to run against Casey, D-Scranton, who is seeking his third six-year term in the Senate.
Also seeking the GOP nomination are state Rep. Jim Christiana of Beaver County; former energy executive Paul Addis, Delaware County; Joe Vodvarka, of Clinton, near Pittsburgh; south-central Pennsylvania small-business owner Bobby Lawrence, Cynthia Ayers, a cyber-security consultant; and Paul DeLong of Lycoming County.
Libertarian Dale Kerns is also running along with three Democrats — Theresa Wright, Brian Kelly and Raymond Uhric.
In November, the entire Pennsylvania Republican congressional delegation endorsed Barletta, stating in a letter he “is a straight shooter who is not afraid to stand up and fight for the people he represents.”
• Campaign Manager: Cody Jones
Jones has a decade of political experience in Pennsylvania and across the nation. During the 2014 election cycle, Jones served as the Northeast Pennsylvania Field Director for the Republican Party of Pennsylvania.
• Deputy Campaign Manager: Jon Anzur
Anzur managed Barletta’s 2016 re-election campaign to the U.S. House before serving as the congressman’s communications director in his Washington, D.C., legislative office. He previously worked for Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.
• Finance Director: Caitlin Wohlfarth Franklin
Wohlfarth Franklin formerly served as ex-House Speaker John Boehner’s Finance Director. A Pennsylvania native, Franklin has experience working most recently with the Republican National Committee and Trump Victory.
• Field Director: Brandon Ferrance
Ferrance is the former chairman of the Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans.
• Staff Assistant: Caroline LaBelle Maloney
Maloney most recently worked for the Jim Mulligan mayoral campaign in Scranton.
• Senior Finance Adviser: Kristin Nash
Nash has served in senior fundraising capacities for Barletta, state Reps. Tarah Toohil and Mark Mustio, the Northeast Republican House Delegation, and Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis.
• Regional Finance Adviser: Kristin Corrigan
Corrigan has served as a fundraising consultant for Tom Corbett’s campaigns for attorney general and governor.
• Regional Finance Adviser: David Grim
Grim is a long-time fundraising adviser to U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Lehigh Valley, serving as Toomey’s lead fundraiser for western Pennsylvania during his 2016 re-election campaign.
• Regional Finance Adviser: Maria Diesel
Diesel has over 17 years experience in Republican political fundraising. Her clients have included ex-House Speaker John Boehner and current Speaker Paul Ryan.