Rick Sklarz 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.
Rick’s work for Democratic candidates across the country has helped to achieve history-making wins in recent years. This includes working for the campaign of Doug Jones, who became the first Alabama Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate in more than a quarter century. In 2018, he conducted research for the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC) independent expenditure effort on behalf of Krysten Sinema, who became Arizona’s first female U.S. Senator. In Wisconsin, his research for the coordinated independent expenditure campaign led by Senate MajorityPAC to reelect Tammy Baldwin to the U.S. Senate in 2018.
Rick’s work during the 2018 election cycle also helped the Democrats win a number of seats in Congress that helped the party winning control of the House of Representatives. This includes Greg Stanton (AZ-9) and Norma Torres (CA-35) and working with independent expenditures groups that were critical to flipping seven California Congressional Districts from red to blue and electing Democrats Josh Harder (CA-10), TJ Cox (CA-21), Katie Hill (CA-25), Katie Porter (CA-45), Harley Rouda (CA-48) and Mike Levin (CA-49).
He also conducted research for an independent expenditure campaign that supported Gavin Newsom’s gubernatorial campaign and worked to elect several State Legislative candidates that helped California Democrats achieve supermajorities in both the State Senate and State Assembly. Rick also conducted research for the current and former 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 California, he conducted research for the No on Prop 6 campaign, which defeated a ballot measure that would have eliminated $5 billion per year in road safety and transportation improvement projects. He also conducted research for organizations that passed voting rights and anti-gerrymandering initiatives in Ohio, Michigan, Missouri and Nevada. He has also worked to with campaigns to pass marijuana legalizations initiatives in several states.
During the 2018 election cycle, he worked with a number of cities, counties, school districts and other government agencies, and helped more than a dozen local service providers secure billions of dollars through voter approved bonds and tax measures.
Rick also regularly provides research and strategic advice to private sector companies in a variety of industries, including utilities, entertainment, land-use/development firms, health care providers, logistics and transportation. His research is also utilized by not-for-profits, trade associations, and government agencies to guide strategic planning, improve outreach and enhance the quality of services
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.