Harwell names campaign team for 5th District bid

Former Rep. Timothy Hill (R-Blountville) confers with then-House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) March 29, 2018. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Former state House Speaker Beth Harwell has announced Bob Brown, a former chair of the Williamson County Election Commission, will manage her campaign for the Republican nomination in the new-look 5th Congressional District. Chasen Bullock and Alex Meyer of Washington-area consulting firm TLC Political will serve as general consultants. Investment banker Denny Bottorff will serve as Harwell’s campaign treasurer.

Read about staffing updates on other campaigns here.

Here is the release from the Harwell camp:

NASHVILLE, TN – Beth Harwell announced the team behind her campaign for the U.S. House on Thursday. Harwell is running for Tennessee’s new 5th Congressional District which encompasses Nashville.

“I am proud to have such a strong team working with me on this race to help me bring Tennessee common sense to Washington and fix America so that we can get our economy back on track, balance our budget, and secure our borders,” said Beth Harwell.

Bob Brown will be the Campaign Manager. He served as the Chairman of the Williamson County Election Commission from 2011 – 2022 as well as on the Davidson County Election Commission from 1989-1994. Bob is also a healthcare executive in Nashville.

TLC Political’s Chasen Bullock and Alex Meyer will be the general consultants. TLC Political is a Virginia based, full-service agency for Republican candidates, committees, and causes. Chasen Bullock, a Senior Political Strategist, served as the National Political Director at former Speaker Paul Ryan’s SuperPAC, the Congressional Leadership Fund, and has managed Dr. Rand Paul’s re-election campaign in Kentucky following the 2016 Presidential election. Alex Meyer, a Senior Political Strategist, was the Campaign Manager for Congressional and U.S. Senate races across the country. He also served as Political Data Analyst, Political-Data Liaison, Director of Sisters Committee Support, and Missouri State Director for the Republican National Committee (RNC). For more on TLC Political go to TLCPolitical.com.

Rachel Barrett and Company’s Rachel Barrett and Reid Witcher will serve as the in-state fundraisers. Rachel has been involved with fundraising, political consulting and communications in Tennessee, Washington, D.C., and the Southeast for over 20 years. She has previously served as the
Southeast Finance Director for Mitt Romney, as well as a consultant for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). For more on Rachel & Reid go to RachelBarrettandCompany.com.

FP1’s Chris LaCivita and Annie Kelly Kuhle will be providing advertising services. FP1 is a full-service campaign consulting and advertising firm that has won 87 Pollies and 50 Reed Awards since its inception. Chris LaCivita is a partner at FP1, a former combat Marine veteran and seasoned political operative. He has served as Political Director for the NRSC, Senior Advisor for the RNC in 2016, and Executive Director of the Republican Party of Virginia. Annie Kelly Kuhle is a partner at FP1 Strategies, veteran campaign manager and strategist. She has served as a Regional Political Director for both the NRSC and NRCC. For more on FP1 go to fp1.com.

1892 LLC is a national polling firm that has conducted research for presidential, gubernatorial, senate, and congressional candidates around the country. For more on 1892, visit 1892llc.com.

TAG Strategies will be serving as the digital fundraising team. TAG is a full-service marketing, consulting and creative agency focused on building cutting-edge digital and fundraising solutions for candidates. TAG has raised over $3 billion for their candidates since their founding. For more on TAG Strategies go to TAGStrategies.co.

Denny Bottorff will serve as the campaign’s Treasurer. Denny is an American businessman, banker and philanthropist. He was chairman and chief executive officer of the First American Corporation and he served as the chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority from 2010 to 2012. He is the co-founder and general partner of Council Capital, a private equity and venture capital firm based in Nashville, Tennessee. He is also the co-founder and the former chairman of CapStar Bank.

To learn more about Beth visit BethHarwell.com.

About Beth As a life-long Republican, Beth played a key role in expanding the party in Tennessee. As Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party, she directed the strategy that saw Republicans capture a majority in the State Senate for the first time in nearly 150 years. In her time as the House Republican Caucus Whip and Campaign Committee Chair, House Republicans captured the four seats necessary to take the majority in the Tennessee House of Representatives. In 2011, Beth became the first female Speaker of the House in the Southeast, a position she held for eight years before being appointed to the Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors by President Donald Trump in 2019, a position she still holds. She also currently serves as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Middle Tennessee State University. Beth and her husband Sam live in Nashville where they raised their three children. She is a graduate of Lipscomb University and Vanderbilt University.