Matchstick Strategy Group
AAPC caught up with new Individual member, Jared Kupiec.
AAPC: Who do you look up to in the industry?
Jared: David Axelrod, David Plouffe, Doc Sweitzer & JJ Balaban at the Campaign Group, and every pollster who toils through cross-tabs trying to find the one nugget of information that can be leveraged to the benefit of your candidate or campaign. I also admire campaign operatives and strategists, regardless of party, who push boundaries and are unafraid to apply new and creative solutions to conventional problems (especially in the face of great opposition).
AAPC: Who have you not worked with yet but would like to?
Jared: I can’t say that there’s one firm or individual that I’d like to work with, but I can say that I am interested in working in the Deep South, Mid-West and Pacific Northwest. I enjoy learning about the small and meaningful nuisances that different geographic regions offer and how culture and traditions influence candidates and campaigns.
AAPC: What sparked your interest in political consulting?
Jared: I grew up the middle child in a single-parent household and politics for me is a means by which to influence policy in a manner that benefits those who, in times of trouble, need help and support. I am also enamored with electoral politics, in particular, because it represents one of the last true gladiatorial arenas where candidates face off directly and there is one definitive winner.
AAPC: What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?
Jared: Be honest, be direct, remain humble, always be striving to punch above your weight and push traditional boundaries.
AAPC: Why did you join AAPC?
Jared: To grow my network, learn new techniques, and stay abreast of recent advancements in (campaign-related) technology and micro-targeting.
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