Community Engagement and Coalition Building
From 2001 to 2005, Sean executed successful community outreach efforts for three high profile and controversial land use projects – a power plant, a gravel mine and a ski resort expansion. Each one of these public engagement efforts resulted in meaningful demonstrations of community support and ultimately, local government approval.
In 2014, Sean served as Director of the Jeffco Energy Action Project (JEAP) a grassroots coalition of business leaders, free enterprise advocates, job creators, educators, students and others to promote education, engage in dialogue and counter misinformation about the energy industry and its impacts.
On behalf of the Town of Breckenridge, Sean worked with City Council members and senior staff to strengthen their position for a new parking and transit plan in the community – an outreach and strategic communication effort that laid the groundwork for a successful campaign for a new ski area admissions tax in November, 2015.
Sean worked with Citizens from Arts to Zoo (CATZ), the outreach arm for Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), to help build a coalition of elected officials, arts organizations, business leaders and local governments to support the District’s new distribution structure. The coalition-building effort was a six-month project that aided in the successful passage of legislation that put the SCFD question on the November, 2016 ballot.
Campaign Management and Consulting
In 2014 Sean successfully managed gubernatorial candidate Mike Kopp’s delegate outreach program up to and during the Colorado Republican Assembly – an effort that resulted in Kopp earning the most delegate votes and the top spot on the GOP primary ballot.
In 2010 Sean managed the final three months of Scott Tipton’s (CO-03) successful challenger race against a three-term incumbent. Previously, he successfully managed Congressman Bob Schaffer’s (CO-04) first re-election and led a competitive primary campaign for Lang Sias (CO-07). His non-partisan experience includes several candidate campaigns in Aurora and Denver municipal elections.
Sean served as chief strategist to Denver City Councilwoman Kendra Black’s campaign in 2015 and as general consultant for Steve Hogan’s come-from-behind victory in a six-way race for Aurora Mayor in 2011.
In 2013 and 2015 Sean managed successful re-election campaigns for incumbent Aurora Council Members Brad Pierce, Barbara Cleland and Bob LeGare. Sean also directed the victorious campaign effort for first time candidate Charlie Richardson in Ward IV.
Sean’s statewide experience includes coalition-building for the Vote NO on 21 campaign in 2000; Don’t Turn Racetracks into Casinos (Amendment 68) in 2014; and the No Blank Checks in the Constitution committee (Amendment 72) in 2016.
In 2013, Sean provided strategic direction to community-based campaign organizations fighting hydraulic fracturing bans in several Colorado municipalities in 2013.
For a full list of each of Sean’s campaign clients since 1997, please click here.
In 2012 Sean provided strategic communication assistance to a successful effort to beat back a recall of three board members of the Cherokee Metropolitan District. Two years later in 2014, he served in a similar role to ensure the re-election of those same board members.
Sean’s experience with special districts includes the St. Vincent’s Hospital District’s successful mill levy increase campaign in 2015 and the victorious campaign for a slate of incumbent board members in the Ebert Metropolitan District in May of 2016.
In 2016 Sean had a leadership role in the strategic communications and community outreach effort for a Health Service District in Clear Creek County. He arranged Town Hall meetings, managed the work of a citizen advisory committee, informed the overall messaging effort and guided interaction with key stakeholder groups.
Also in 2016, Sean co-managed the successful Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) sales tax renewal campaign – an effort that passed by nearly 25 points. Covering all seven counties in the Denver Metro area, the SCFD sales tax must be renewed by the voters every 12 years. Sean was a key part of a campaign management duo that oversaw event coordination, coalition building, fundraising, and grassroots operations – including the distribution of 17,000 yard signs across Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson Counties.