Hyers Signs on to Manage Gubernatorial Campaign in Montana

Jul 20, 2015

Hyers behind the scenes in 2014.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Eric Hyers, who managed Governor Gina Raimondo's winning campaign last year, has signed on to pilot what is expected to be a competitive re-election fight for Montana Governor Steve Bullock.

Hyers previously led two winning races for Congressman David Cicilline, including his initial 2010 vault into Congress, as well as campaigns in Massachusetts and New Jersey.

Hyers typically works with his wife, Nicole Kayner. In 2014, he propelled Raimondo's abiding emphasis on a jobs message and a dynamic field operation that helped her beat Republican Allan Fung, thanks to overwhelming support in the capital city of Providence.

Hyers' foray into Big Sky Country was first reported by the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. Hyers confirmed to RIPR he did some overseas political consulting after finishing his work for Raimondo.

In April, Montana State University at Bozeman political science professor David Parker told the Chronicle he expects national Republicans to invest heavily in beating Bullock, but that ousting the incumbent is far from a sure thing. Bullock was Montana's attorney general before winning the governor's office in 2012.

Hyers isn't the first politico with RI connections to work in Montana. Andrea Marcoccio served as executive director of the Montana Democratic Party from 2013 until stepping down earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Danny Kedem, who managed the unsuccessful Democratic primary campaign for Raimondo rival Angel Taveras, signed on in May with Hamburger Gibson Creative, a campaign consulting shop in Washington, DC. After working for Taveras, Kedem worked as an adviser on David Ige's winning gubernatorial race in Hawaii.

This post has been updated.