Program - Campaign & Leadership School

Campaign & Leadership School 2011

Program & Guest Speakers




Speaker—Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli
R-John Day—District 30
Topic—Thinking of Running
Biography—Ted Ferrioli was born in Spokane, Washington, on February 15, 1951. Ted moved with his family to Portland at age eight where he attended public school, graduating from U.S. Grant High School with honors in 1969.  He then attended the University of Oregon where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.
After graduation, Ted worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs and settled in Creswell, Oregon, to raise a family. He was appointed, then elected to the Creswell City Council, serving as chairman of the budget and police committees.  In 1986, Ted founded Community Relation Associates, Inc., a public relations firm dedicated to advocacy for natural resource producers. Ted is a co-founder of Oregon Lands Coalition.
Speaker—John Watt President of JWA

an Advocacy Firm

Topic—Campaign Approach


John started JWA in 1999 after serving four terms as an Oregon State Representative from Medford. In 1995, he was recognized by the National Republican Legislator Association as a "Legislator of the Year." Prior to his involvement in politics, John was in the computer business, providing solutions to business clients in Southern Oregon.


He came to Medford in 1982 with the Fred Meyer organization as a manager in the apparel department. He had been in the “rag” business for ten years previously with The Blade Clothes for Men. John enjoys playing golf and got his first ‘hole-in-one’ in 2002. He wants to improve his game so he can be shooting his age by the time he is 100! Dedicated to community service, he serves on several civic boards in Medford. John loves to travel with his wife, Cathy and spend time with his family.


Speaker—Jonathan Thompson

Exec. Director Senate Leadership Fund



Jonathan is the Caucus Administrator for the Senate Republicans and the Executive Director of The Leadership Fund, their campaign arm.  He joined the staff in 2004 and has served as a Policy Analyst, Communications Director and Legislative Director.  He has been in his current role since 2008.  As Executive Director of The Leadership Fund he is the staff lead for Republican campaigns for the Oregon Senate.  In 2010 the caucus took most of the its campaign functions in-house as a way to cut costs and they are currently delivering winning campaigns at about half the cost per vote of the Democratic incumbents they have defeated. This strategy helped them win more seats in 2010 than in any election since 1996.

Jonathan is a native Oregonian who grew up outside of Dallas.  He attended Willamette University where he earned a degree in Biology with a minor in Politics.  Today he lives in Keizer with his wife and three-year-old daughter.  In his free time he enjoys flying his airplane, cooking and reading.


Speaker—Rob Patridge General Counsel & District Director for  U.S. Representative Greg Walden


Rob is a native Oregonian.   He currently serves as General Counsel and District Director for U.S. Representative Greg Walden.

He was elected to the Oregon Legislature three times, serving from 1999 to 2004. During his tenure as the State Representative from Medford, he was twice chosen to serve as House Majority Whip. His work in state capitol included service on the Joint Ways & Means Committee as both Co-Chair of the Public Safety Subcommittee and Chair of the state’s Asset Forfeiture Oversight Advisory Committee.

Before heading to Salem, Rob served on the Medford City Council, and was elected Council President by his peers. He served as a Deputy District Director and in the private sector spent six years as General Counsel for Pacific Retirement Services.

Rob graduated from Eagle Point High School and then attended Willamette University, where he made the Dean’s List and earned both his Bachelor’s of Science degree and his Law Degree.  Rob and his wife, Mary, have been married 14 years and have two children, Maya and Owen.  In August Rob announced his candidacy for Jackson County District Attorney.


Speaker—Greg Leo—Chief of Staff

Oregon Republican Party & Communications Director

Topic—Traditional Communication

Greg has a BS in Public Administration from the Wallace School of Community Service, a Masters in Government grated by the University of Oregon and also attended the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Masters.  He also studied Journalism for 2 years.

His Company of 14 plus years “The Leo Company is a Marketing, Public and Governmental Affairs Counsel serving a variety of corporate, government, tribal government and private citizens. I provide strategic management advice and assistance for a variety of public policy, communications and marketing campaigns. Policy focus on Tourism, Land Use and Transportation.  Greg always serves on the Board of Directors of the Wilsonville Chamber of Commerce as Government Relations to Industry and also Chairman of Tourism & Hospitality.

He is Chairman of Communication & Technology for the past 3 years and  is the newly appointed Chief of Staff for the Oregon Republican Party.  He is also chairing an effort to update websites, political organization, education and campaign activities  within the Republican organizations in the State of Oregon.

Greg also represented Oregon’s 5th Congressional District at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul MN in September of 2008 and  supervised the McCain Campaign for President in the State of Oregon  2008.


Speaker—Sal Esquivel State Rep. District #6 Medford

Topic—GOTV Panel Leader


Sal was raised in Medford.  He has a great deal of pride in his accomplishments as member of the Medford City Council.  Sal brought together local Rotary Clubs, the City of Medford and students and parents to create playgrounds at Jackson, Howard, Roosevelt and Wilson elementary schools. Also, seeing a need for a more efficient government, Sal was instrumental in the hiring of the city manager. The influence of Sal Esquivel on the Council helped change a "have to spend" philosophy to a "retain and save" attitude in Medford government.

In March of 2003, Sal was chosen to replace Senator Lenn Hannon to represent District 3, which includes the cities of Medford, Ashland, Phoenix, Talent, Jacksonville and part of the Applegate region. Shortly after his appointment, Representative Rob Patridge announced that he would not be running again for his State Representative position. Sal chose to run for the House seat of District 6 because he knows Medford so well after almost eight years on the City Council. He served out the nine months remaining in the Senate, garnering knowledge and experience to take to the House of Representatives.


Karen Blair Participant in GOTV Panel

Medford’s New City Councilwoman

Central Committee Newly Elected Alternate Delegate, PCP and Jackson County Republican Women Member is the newly Elected City Councilwomen from Ward 2 in Medford.  Karen born and bred in the Rogue Valley defeated Councilman Ben Truwe by hard work and shear determination.  She proved that it can be done.

Karen is no stranger the Political Arena.  She has served on many boards throughout the County. To name a few: Housing Commission—Community Development Commission.  Landmark Historic Commission.  Budget Committee for Medford—City of Medford Grants Commission.  CPAC (Citizens-Planning Advisory Committee) and the Committee for Citizen Involvement (CCI).  Karen is a Real Estate Broker for Keller Williams. Amazing woman.  She actually finds the time to work for a living.

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government is doomed to failure."
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