Campaign and Referenda Experience

If you represent an individual considering a candidacy for public office or need strategic direction for influencing public opinion on a referendum,  you will need good advice from seasoned professionals in a variety of areas before during and after the campaign. 

Grandone Public Relations provides confidential strategic counsel to candidates and community leaders that will help their campaign prevail.

The following list represents select matters in which Grandone Media Strategies has led or significantly participated in at the local, state and national levels.

  • 1976 Carter-Mondale Campaign – staff assigned to southern Illinois headquarters (WON)
  • 1980 Democratic National Convention, New York –  assigned to assist presidential campaign “Small Staff” (WON NOMINATION)
  • 1982 Stephens for Congress, Illinois 18th Congressional District – primary election campaign manager (WON NOMINATION)
  • 1982 Stephens for Congress – general election – press secretary (LOST TO CONGRESSMAN BOB MICHEL)
  • 1984 Roy Blunt for Secretary of State - Coro Fellow assigned to campaign (WON)
  • 1985 Coalition for the Incorporation of Chesterfield, Mo. – campaign manager  (WON)
  • 1986 Hayner Public Library Tax Referendum – Alton, Ill. – campaign manager (WON)
  • 1995 Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission – Assisted Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois in the defense of Scott Air Force Base and the Army’s Charles Melvin Price Support Center (WON)
  • 1996 McHenry County, Ill., Fox River Bridge at Algonquin referendum (WON)
  • 1998 Proposition M (Madison County Illinois Light Rail referendum) campaign manager (LOST)
  • 2012 tax referendum for public safety employees pensions – Springfield, Mo. Police and Firefighters (WON)
  • 2014 tax referendum for public safety employees pensions – Springfield, Mo. Police and Firefighters; wrote campaign strategy implemented locally (WON)

“There’s no such thing as a campaign you can’t lose. And there’s very few you can’t win.”

   --Former U.S. President William Jefferson Clinton, 2005


“Outrage is easy; strategy is hard. Outrage provides necessary motivation. But only strategy can deliver victory.”

   --Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, 2017

For more information, contact

Jim Grandone

Grandone Public Relations

403 Jefferson Road

Edwardsville, IL 62025

(618) 692-1892