Kevin Smith Hires Leading GOP Polling and Media Firms

MANCHESTER – Today, Kevin Smith, Republican candidate for governor of New Hampshire, announced that his campaign has signed up two leading Republican consultants to conduct political polling and paid media.

In a statement, the Smith campaign said that Gene Ulm of Public Opinion Strategies, a top Republican polling firm, will direct the campaign’s political surveys and provide electoral analysis for Smith in his bid for governor. Mark Dion of Revolution Agency, a prominent political media firm, will advise the campaign on its paid messaging and advertising. Both Ulm and Dion will work closely with Profile Strategy Group, Smith’s on-the-ground campaign advisors in New Hampshire.

Campaign advisor Jamie Burnett said, “We are building an experienced and dynamic team that will help Kevin Smith run successfully in this election. Gene Ulm and Mark Dion are both excellent at what they do, and we’re fortunate to have such talented political veterans a part of our campaign.”


Gene Ulm is a partner at Public Opinion Strategies and has been active in Republican campaigns for twenty-five years. He brings with him extensive experience on behalf ofseveral successful candidates for Governor, Congress, U.S. Senate, and manystate legislative contests. Among his many races, Mr. Ulm has advised Governor Jim Douglas of Vermont, who won re-election in one of the most Democratic states in the country, and also conducted polling for the Republican Governors Association in several New England races, including Paul LePage’s campaign for governor in Maine. Public Opinion Strategies has also polled for Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia, Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts, and New Hampshire Senator John E. Sununu.

Mark Dion is a Keene, NH native and founding partner in Revolution Agency, a nationally recognized political and public affairs agency. Mark is a veteran politicalcommunications specialist with more than a decade and a half of experience working in the highest levels of government and politics.  Mark has served as a media consultant to candidates for president, governor, U.S. Senate and Congress – winning in some of the most difficult political environments in the country. Revolution has an unrivaled record of success helping to elect over three dozen Governors, Senators and Congressmen, including Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana, U.S.Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, and Congressman Eric Cantor of Virginia.

In 2010, both Mr. Ulm and Mr. Dion worked with Profile Strategy Group for the Republican nominee in the tightly contested governor’s race in Rhode Island.