Cole named local GOP's top dog



Daniel Cole, Keith King
  • Pam Zubeck
  • Cole at a Council candidate campaign event last spring.

Daniel Cole has been named executive director of the El Paso County Republican Party, replacing the relatively new Cherish Schaffer.

Cole steps up to the position from his role as director of operations since May, the party said in a release.

From the release:

Cole brings the organization broad journalistic and political experience. Republicans began getting to know Cole in 2008 through his op-ed columns for The Gazette, and his résumé includes the successful management of both issue and candidate campaigns, most recently Keith King’s bid for City Council. The Gazette Editorial Page has called Cole “a genuine limited-government conservative” and a reporter for the Colorado Springs Business Journal has called him “a masterful partisan political operator.”

Cole attended the University of Kansas on a National Merit Scholarship. He began working at the age of 16 in an unfinished furniture store. His past experience also includes two years teaching high school English and contract work with the publishing industry, where he reviewed French texts for Zaccheus Press and translated a 400-page biography from Italian.

Cole also attended Columbia University for a year and a half before returning to Colorado Springs. He ran Council President Keith King's campaign earlier this year, and has had a role in other political campaigns and activities.

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