No. 99: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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99. Courtni Pugh

Veteran campaign strategist Courtni Pugh doesn’t shy away from uphill battles. She was senior political adviser to former Senate Leader Kevin de León in his lopsided 2018 effort to unseat incumbent U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, and she started this year working for Mike Bloomberg’s ill-fated presidential campaign. Her shift to Bloomberg followed her 2019 efforts as California director of Sen. Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign. She was also deputy state director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 bid for president and held senior posts in the presidential campaigns of John Edwards for President, Kerry-Edwards 2004, and Gore-Lieberman 2000. If she has not managed to grab the brass ring at the presidential level, Pugh is a seasoned political organizer and brings a wealth of experience to her campaigns. As executive director of SEIU Local 99, Pugh won the battle to increase the minimum wage for Los Angeles Unified School District employees, part of the “Fight for $15” minimum wage campaign. She just signed on as a leader of the “Yes on 16” campaign to repeal Prop. 209.

Updated Aug. 11, 2020

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