Paul Bentz has more than a decade of experience in strategy, messaging, and campaign management. During his time with the HighGround team, he has been at the point of a wide variety of major public policy and campaign issues. He also specializes in public opinion surveys and understanding the Arizona electorate.
He worked extensively on the “Restoring Arizona” effort to help restore Arizona’s Medicaid program – which won the “2014 Campaign Excellence Public Affairs/Advocacy Campaign of the Year” from the American Association of Political Consultants.
He also recently managed the Yes on 480 campaign, a nearly $1 billion dollar public hospital bond effort in Maricopa County. The bond issue was able to overcome concerns over a tax increase and overwhelmingly pass with 63.4% of the vote.
Mr. Bentz has managed a wide variety of congressional, state, and local candidate campaigns including Governor Jan Brewer’s successful bid for a second term in 2010.
He has provided strategy, public opinion research, and messaging on several other key Arizona policy issues and campaigns including electricity deregulation with the Arizona Power Consumers Coalition, Build the South Mountain freeway coalition, education reform, and Proposition 100 – the temporary one cent sales tax for education and public safety.
His efforts on behalf of HighGround’s clients have resulted dozens of Pollies and several Reed awards for creative campaign endeavors including the “Arizona Sing-A-Long” frog puppet video, the “Do the Math” whiteboard, and awards for direct mail, signs, and creative phone calls.
Mr. Bentz graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arizona where he studied Mathematics and Political Science. He has used his background in mathematics to build a burgeoning public opinion practice conducting accurate surveys for candidates, schools, and organizations.
He is frequent media commenter on public issues offering commentary, tweets, and even live blogging several events. He was a recent panelist at the Art of Political Campaigning conference hosted by Campaigns and Elections. He has also been a guest on several media programs and public panels as a public opinion and voter turnout expert.