Matt Shriver, political campaign manager, discusses the recent Akron mayor’s race

On October 13, Campaign Battleground welcomed Matt Shriver to our class.

Matt Shriver was the campaign manager for Eddie Sipplen’s Akron mayoral campaign this year. Mr. Shriver served in the Army before earning his B.A. from Florida Atlantic University and his M.Ed. from the University of Richmond. Mr. Shriver has worked as the National Service Officer for the Disabled Veterans of America, a Veterans Rep for the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services and the Assistant Deputy Director for the Ohio Department of Veterans Services. He has also worked on numerous political campaigns throughout his career.

Mr. Shriver discussed his career and Mr. Sipplen’s campaign for mayor. Our discussion occurred the night of the Akron Press Club Debate between Mr. Sipplen and eventual winner Dan Horrigan. Mr. Shriver gave us his insider’s take on the debate and was excited to hear the reception of students who had watched it. He also discussed the difficulties of running a Republican candidate’s campaign in a traditionally Democratic city as well as his view on the 2016 presidential cycle.

Watch the full conversation below or by visiting the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics YouTube channel.

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