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Recently named one of the 5 most influential Republican consultants in Michigan by nationally published Campaigns & Elections Magazine, Stu Sandler has a reputation for getting things done. An attorney, skilled manager, strong political strategist, and disciplined message developer, Sandler has a tremendous record in Michigan politics and government. He has run statewide campaigns, managed large staffs, oversaw national efforts at a national advocacy group, and has unparalleled experience.
In 2012, Sandler was the general consultant for Citizens Protecting Michigan's Constitution. As point person for a coalition of business groups, education groups, taxpayers and individuals, he managed an effort to defeat an unprecedented attack on Michigan's Constitution. The campaign directly opposed several multi-million dollar proposals including an effort to enshrine collective bargaining into the constitution. Sandler helped craft the "vote no" message that soundly defeated more than $150 million in proposal spending; including one instance by more than 20 percentage points. He also helped organize the ground effort for Involve America and the Michigan Freedom Fund to support 'Freedom in the Workplace,' the effort that successfully passed the groundbreaking Right-to-Work legislation.
Sandler started the cycle as the interim executive director for the Michigan Republican Party where he laid out the plan to protect the Republican majorities in the statehouse and state supreme court. Sandler also was a key consultant to the Republican Jewish Coalition which helped lead an effort to increase the Jewish Republican vote ten percentage points.
Prior to 2012, Sandler played a key role in the 2002 Mike Cox for Attorney General campaign. Providing leadership and strategy, former Attorney General Cox was the first Republican in nearly 50 years to win the office. As Cox's key political strategist and senior advisor for eight years, Sandler oversaw Cox's media department, constituent services, and helped oversee the management and operations of the Attorney General's office. Sandler advised dozens of successful campaigns helping many candidates become elected officials. In 2010, the Michigan Republican Party sought Sandler as a part-time consultant to help with statewide Republican races. After the 2010 election, Sandler was appointed by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to be her transition director. Sandler also was appointed to manage Bobby Schostak's successful campaign for Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Sandler has many other clients, including the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and Great Lakes Education Project.
has a dual undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in Political Science and Communications and is an honors graduate of the George Washington Law School where he was a Senior Associate Editor of the G.W. Law Review. Sandler is a member of the Michigan State Bar and the Virginia State Bar.
With more than 15 years of campaign and public relations experience, Decider Strategies has a list of former and current clients who rely on this exceptional record of experience and sucess. From local races, to statewide, and national, Decider Strategies can get the job done.
Current and Former Clients Include:
- Michigan Republican Party
- Michigan Chamber of Commerce
- Citizens Protecting Michigan's Constitution
- Michigan Freedom Fund
- Job Creators Alliance
- Secretary of State Ruth Johnson
- Bobby Schostak for Chairman
- Former Attorney General Mike Cox
- Great Lakes Education Project
- Republican Jewish Coalition
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Widely regarded as one of the leading political organizers in Michigan, Robbie Rankey has built a resume of results. From single-day local events to building and sustaining statewide organizations, Robbie has developed a first-class reputation with his work on local, state, and national campaigns.
In 2009, Robbie was hired by Attorney General Mike Cox and soon transitioned to being the statewide grassroots coordinator for the Mike Cox gubernatorial campaign. In that role, he managed the total volunteer operation of the campaign, including the collection of nominating petition signatures, phone banking, and field operations.
Following the 2010 election, Robbie was hired by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson as her Director of Constituent Relations, where he managed inter-office projects and collaborated on the creation of a statewide presence for her office as a vehicle to share her message with supporters.
A graduate of Ferris State University, Robbie spent four years as the chair of the FSU College Republicans, also serving during that time on the statewide board for the Michigan College Republicans. He parlayed that experience on campus into work for the Michigan Republican Party’s Operation: Youth Counts in 2008 where he recruited students from campuses statewide to help in targeted State House races each weekend for 9 weeks leading up to the General Election. The highly touted program netted over 40,000 voter contacts.