Organization and Structure of a Successful Campaign Operation

class date: 
Tue, 12/12/2017
instructor: 

Mary Patricia Wray

Mary Patricia Wray

Mary-Patricia is a graduate of The Ohio State University (B.A.)  and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law (J.D.). Before moving to Louisiana from Ohio in 2008, she worked for former Ohio Governor and current candidate for United States Senate, Ted Strickland, and for Former Ohio Attorney General Richard Corday. After focusing on constitutional law and administrative procedures in law school, MP put her knowledge to good use at the Louisiana Capitol beginning in 2012 representing clients focused on improving their communities by investing in public education, increasing access to high quality healthcare, and protecting a dignified retirement for public employees. She also works on policy issues surrounding economic development, energy, finance, and local and municipal government. Mary-Patricia is the granddaughter and daughter of public servants who have dedicated their lives to improving government and serving citizens. She hopes to continue that legacy. Her passion for affecting the political process is well known at the Louisiana Capitol. She was among the first true believers in the candidacy of John Bel Edwards for Governor, and served on his campaign as one of the only staffers in the early years of his campaign. She oversaw earned media strategy and implementation including social media, digital campaigns, supporter communications and solicitations, debate and candidate forum preparation, policy research and drafting of candidate’s policy positions, and consulted on other paid media including television and radio advertising. Her efforts helped to elect Governor Edwards by a substantial margin in 2015. Mary-Patricia also ran the earned media operations of Commissioner Foster Campbell for U.S. Senate. She hopes to ensure her government relations, public relations, and consulting firm, Top Drawer Strategies, remains a staple in the Louisiana political landscape for years to come. Her husband of 7 years, Ira, owns and operates a digital advertising firm and is her true partner in politics, in business and in life. Together they are the proud parents of two Weimaraners, Coltrane and Clementine.