Government Affairs Forum 2020 Policy & Political Forecast
September 16, 2020

Government Affairs Forum 2020 Policy & Political Forecast

Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am


Join us at our rescheduled 2020 Government Affairs Forum “2020 Policy & Political Forecast.” Open to all Columbus REALTORS® members, this panel of policy and political experts will discuss the hot topics of 2020 from City Hall’s to the Statehouse to The White House. By September, there will be A LOT to discuss.  The decisions made at all levels of government impact our communities and your business. A do-not miss event, you’ll want to hear these expert opinions and bold predictions. A remake of our 2018 Policy & Political Forecast, this event will not only keep you entertained but will keep you informed as to what you can expect on the policy and political front in 2020.

 We’ll discuss topics such as:

  • Policy Initiatives from the Local, State & National Perspectives
    • Development/NIMBY-ism
    • School Funding Reform
    • Anti – Licensing Mentality at the Ohio Statehouse (Will Home Inspector Licensing be repealed?)
    • What to expect from Congress the remainder of the year
  • Local Races to watch:
    • Franklin County Prosecutor
    • Ohio Statehouse Races – Senator Stephanie Kunze’s Senate Seat
  • Are the Columbus suburbs now solidly Democratic?
    • Can Republicans win these areas back?
  • What does the likely loss of a Congressional District mean for Ohio?
    • What does the redistricting map look like moving forward?
  • Who wins control of the United State House and Senate?
  • What does a President Trump Re-election OR Joe Biden Victory mean locally and for Ohio?
    • Impact of the Presidency on Ohio Statewide races in 2022: US Senate, Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Treasurer, Auditor of State
  • And SO much more!

Webinar login information will be sent 24-48 hours before the event.


Michael Hartley

Michael Hartley is the President of Swing State Strategies, where he utilizes his over two decades of political, policy/issue, public relations and corporate experience to work with clients on their public affairs, policy issue and political strategy needs.

 Most recently, Hartley spent over four years as the Vice President of Government Relations for the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, where he led the advocacy effort at the local, state and federal levels on behalf of the Central Ohio business community.

Prior to his time with the Chamber, Hartley spent over thirteen years developing a reputation as one of the best political operatives in Ohio, serving a leadership role in a number of high-profile campaigns and government offices. His roles included: Ohio Campaign Manager for New Day for America, the Super PAC supporting Governor John Kasich, for the 2016 Ohio Republican Primary; Director of Public Liaison and Senior Staff member for Governor John Kasich where he directed all outreach efforts from the Governor’s Office; five Ohio statewide campaigns, including as Deputy Campaign Manager for Kasich Taylor for Ohio in 2010, Campaign Manager for Stivers for Congress in 2008 and Ohio Political Director for Bush/Cheney re-election in 2004; as well as serving in director positions in the Attorney General’s and Auditor of State’s Office.

 Hartley received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Secondary Education from Baldwin-Wallace University.  He lives in Circleville with his wife Samantha and two children, Xavier and Sofia.


Janetta King

Janetta King founded Innovation Ohio in 2011, leading the organization until 2014 when she left to serve as the Chief of Staff for the Center for American Progress Action Fund in Washington, DC. Previously, King served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, was the chief policy advisor on Governor Strickland’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign and worked in his congressional office in DC. King is a graduate of Pepperdine University and studied government and politics internationally while living in Heidelberg, Germany, working for the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. and supervising elections in Kosovo and Bosnia. King previously served as the Chair of the Ohio University Board of Trustees. Originally from Waterford, Ohio, King currently lives with her husband and two children in Worthington, Ohio.


Aaron Pickrell

Aaron has served as a leader in national, state and local campaigns over the years.  In 2012, Politico included him in their “50 Politicos to Watch”, and Campaigns and Elections Magazine – the nation’s leading trade magazine for campaign professionals – named Aaron as one of the top professionals and leading political influencers in the consulting business in Ohio.

 Aaron has spent two decades working in politics and government, most recently serving as Senior Advisor for President Obama’s successful re-election campaign in Ohio. In 2008, Aaron served as the State Director for President Obama’s campaign in Ohio and later joined the presidential transition team and in 2009 served as President of Unity 09 – a national coalition established to help pass President Obama’s first year agenda.

 In 2006, Aaron managed Governor Strickland’s successful gubernatorial run, then became Chief Operating Officer for the Strickland Administration in 2007 and returned to manage Strickland’s 2010 re-election effort.

 Aaron has had leadership roles on other high-profile campaigns including Senator John Edwards’ 2004 Presidential campaign in Iowa and North Carolina and the Kerry-Edwards national campaign.  Prior to working for Senator Edwards, Aaron served as Congressman Leonard Boswell’s Chief of Staff in Washington, raised money at one of Washington’s top fundraising firms and worked in the field for local, state and federal candidates. He is a graduate of Iowa State University and lives in Bexley, Ohio with his wife, Joanne and daughters Lillian and Amelia.


Brittany Warner

Brittany joined The CJR Group after serving as the Communications Director on the DeWine Husted for Ohio campaign.

 She brings a decade of experience in public policy and political campaigns to the firm. Brittany began her career in 2009 at the Ohio House of Representatives. She went on to work at the Ohio House Republican Organizational Committee (OHROC) as the Deputy Finance Director for the 2012 cycle and as the Executive Director for the 2014 cycle. Following her work there, she returned to the Ohio House as the Spokesperson for the Majority Caucus. In 2015, Brittany became the Communications Director for the Ohio Republican Party and later worked as the Communications Director for the Ohio Department of Medicaid.

 Brittany is a lifelong Ohioan. She was raised in Wheelersburg and earned a bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University.


Amanda Wurst

Amanda Wurst brings more than 10 years of experience in campaign politics, public service and corporate public relations as a communications strategist and spokesperson.

Wurst led communications operations for numerous campaigns, specifically presidential and congressional races, in Ohio, including the fourth successful write-in campaign for U.S. Congress in American history.

From 2006 to 2010, Wurst served as press secretary and deputy communications director in for Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. As deputy communications director, she worked with more than 25 executive state agencies to develop and effectively communicate well-coordinated public messages that protected reputations and achieved organizational results with media, opinion leaders and the general public. As press secretary, Amanda was the chief spokesperson in the Governor’s Office for media representatives developing stories of state, national and international interest on a diverse set of topics ranging from health care, economics and the state budget to education, environmental, and energy issues.

 After leaving government, Wurst joined one of the most prominent public relations firms in Ohio, focusing on award-winning national public awareness campaigns and business-to-business and business-to-consumer PR and marketing strategies for clients such as CelebrateOne, White Castle and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

She joined Remington Road Group in 2015 as vice president of communications. She lives in Hilliard with her husband, Jim, and 3-year-old son Oliver.

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