Rick Sklarz joined FM3 in 2004 and has more than a decade of experience in the design, implementation and analysis of public opinion research on behalf of candidates for public office, ballot measure campaigns, nonprofit organizations, trade associations, private sector companies, and government agencies.
In 2016, he served as a key member of the research team that helped guide U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) to win her fifth term. He also provided research and strategic advice to help elect two new Democratic members of California’s Congressional delegation, Ro Khanna (CA CD17) and Lou Correa (CA CD46). He also conducted research for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC) in targeted races across the country.
In 2016, Rick also conducted research to elect Janice Hahn to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors—securing a progressive majority—and for the first time in L.A. County history, a female majority on the Board. His research and strategic advice also helped elect several Democrats to the California State Senate and State Assembly as well as the current Mayors of Long Beach, CA; Houston, TX; Phoenix, AZ; and Madison, WI.
Rick also frequently provides research for ballot measure campaigns across the country. In 2016, he was part of the research team that helped pass marijuana legalization initiatives in Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada. In California, he participated in successful statewide campaigns to secure $9 billion to fund school construction projects (Yes on Prop 51), protect funding for infrastructure projects (No on Prop 53), and increase the state’s tobacco tax (Yes on Prop 56).
He also works closely with cities, counties, school districts and other government agencies to secure billions of dollars through voter approved ballot measures at the local level. Notable 2016 victories include multi-billion-dollar bond measures for the L.A. Community College District and Long Beach Unified School District, a Culver City clean parcel water tax that required a two-thirds supermajority, and more than a dozen measures on issues ranging from funding local services to open space preservation to regulating local marijuana sales and distribution.
Prior to joining FM3, Rick worked as a member of U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman’s staff in Washington, D.C. where he worked on a variety of issues, including transportation, budget and taxation, and government oversight. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Southern California and graduated from Colgate University.