The LeMieux Center for Public Policy at Palm Beach Atlantic University will host a dialogue, “Insights into the 2012 Presidential Election and the 2014 Election Cycle,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Lassiter Rotunda of the Warren Library, 300 Pembroke Place, West Palm Beach. The event is free and open to the public. Call (561) 803-2011 for more information.
Former U.S. Senator George LeMieux will moderate the panel discussion. The expert panelists include Ashley Walker, Florida State Director for Obama for America; Brett Doster, Florida Senior Advisor, Romney for President; Adam Smith, Tampa Bay Times; Helen Aguirre Ferré, Univision Radio; and George Bennett, The Palm Beach Post.
Ashley Walker served as deputy state director for Obama for America in the 2008 general election and as a Florida staffer for Obama for America in the primary. Previously, she served as deputy to political director Matt Nugen in Chicago. Walker managed Jeremy Ring (D-Margate)'s successful 2006 campaign for State Senate. She was a staffer to Sen. Bob Graham in his Tallahassee and Miami Lakes offices, 2002-03, then worked on Graham's presidential campaign. Walker holds an M.S. in international affairs from Florida State University and a B.A. in sociology from Indiana University.
Brett Doster is the founder and president of Front Line Strategies Inc., a public relations firm that provides communications strategies, organizational services, strategic planning, and policy guidance for political and corporate campaigns. One of Doster's roles in the 2012 election cycle was the senior advisor for Florida to the Mitt Romney for President Campaign. Having worked in Florida politics for nearly 20 years, Doster serves as an adjunct professor for Georgetown University lecturing on American politics. He is a fifth generation native of Florida and a graduate of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina.
Political editor since 2001, Adam Smith was named the best political writer in Florida by washingtonpost.com and one of the country's Top 10 political reporters by the Columbia Journalism Review. He focuses on state and national politics. Smith has been with the Times since 1992 and has covered local and state government, as well as general assignment and investigative beats. He appears most Sundays on Political Connections on Bay News 9, is a primary contributor to The Buzz political blog. Smith grew up in New York City and graduated Kenyon College in Ohio.
At Univision Radio, Helen Aguirre Ferré co-hosts “Prohibido Callarse” the highly rated daily political talk show at WQBA 1140 AM specializing in news, commentary and analysis. Ferré is a political analyst for Univision Network “Destino 2012” covering the national political election cycle on national news casts. For the English language audience, she is known for moderating the weekly WPBT2 public affairs series Issues reaching audiences from the Treasure Coast to the Florida Keys through the PBS affiliate WPBT2. She holds a B.A. in political science from Barry University and an M.A. in inter American studies from the University of Miami.
George Bennett has been a Palm Beach Post reporter since 1992. In addition to his reporting duties, he writes a Monday politics column in the local news section and is a frequent contributor to the Post On Politics blog. He's a graduate of The George Washington University.
Established in in 2012, The LeMieux Center provides students with opportunities to engage with state and national officials, journalists, authors, academics and other notable thought leaders on issues important to Florida, the United States and the world. Senator LeMieux served in the U.S. Senate for Florida during the 111th session of Congress and gifted his senatorial papers and other memorabilia from his 16 months of service to the Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Warren Library archives. He is currently Chairman of the Gunster law firm.