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On December 3rd, 2015, over 400 people gathered at the Omni Parker House Rooftop Ballroom to raise a glass, or two, to celebrate excellence in Massachusetts politics at the first annual ElKey Awards. Winners from both sides of the aisle reveled in their victories as we honored political operatives and candidates for outstanding achievement during the 2013-2014 election cycle. Special presentations of The Legacy Award, for outstanding public service and Shattering the Glass Ceiling Award, recognizing women in politics rounded out the evening. In all, twenty six ElKeys were awarded. Congratulations to all the ElKey Award Winners and Nominees!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the voting process and attended the event. It was a festive and fantastic night of camaraderie, laughs, and memories — we hope to do it again next year in 2016!

The 2015 Elkey Award Winners

Check out the ElKey Awards program book to see a complete list of the ballot and nominees.

The Legacy Award – For Outstanding Public Service:
Frank Bellotti, Massachusetts Attorney General
Presented to Jan Cellucci in honor of her late husband, Paul Cellucci, Governor of Massachusetts

Shattering The Glass Ceiling Award:
Attorney General Maura Healey
State Auditor Suzanne Bump
State Treasurer Deb Goldberg
Lt. Governor Karyn Polito

Campaign of the Year: Maura Healey For Attorney General

Campaign Strategist of the Year: Chris Keohan (Marty Walsh For Mayor / Deb Goldberg For Treasurer)

Campaign Manager of the Year: Mike Firestone (Maura Healey For Attorney General)

Pollster of the Year: David Paleologos (Suffolk University)

Fundraiser of the Year: ML Ganley (Coakley For Governor / Goldberg For Treasurer)

Best Press Secretary: Tim Buckley (Charlie Baker For Governor)

Best Policy Director: Elizabeth Mahoney (Charlie Baker For Governor)

Best Field Director: Steve Moore (Deb Goldberg For Treasurer)

Media Consultant of the Year: Will Keyser (Charlie Baker For Governor)

Best Use of Social Media: Charlie Baker For Governor

Best Use of Technology: Maura Healey For Attorney General

Best Use of Analytics: Brian Wynne (MassVictory GOP Coordinated Campaign)

State Legislative Campaign of the Year: Ryan Fattman For State Senator

Best TV Spot of the Year: Maura Healey For Attorney General “Hoops”

Political Operative of the Year: Roger Lau (Massachusetts Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign)

Most Valuable Player of the Year: Will Keyser (Charlie Baker For Governor)

Best Primary Battle of the Year: Seth Moulton For Congress

Rising Future Political Star: Attorney General Maura Healey

Political Operative - Rookie of the Year: Terry MacCormack (Charlie Baker For Governor)

Mayoral Campaign of the Year: Marty Walsh For Mayor 

Best Ballot Campaign: O’Neill & Associates (No On Question 2 / Bottle Deposits)

Best Ethnic Media: Josianne Martinez (Martha Coakley For Governor)


To see a complete list of the ballot and nominees please view the ElKey Awards program book. Visit the ElKey Flickr page to view and download photos from the evening.


Forget the Donkeys; make way for the Elkeys

By Frank Philips, Globe Staff

BOSTON GLOBE | SEPTEMBER 03, 2015 Back in the day, the 1980s to be exact, the Rendon Group held the annual Donkey Awards, a Democratic-centric event that gave trophies to political figures, campaign operatives, and members of the state’s political press corps.

It’s been history for decades. But now Rick Rendon, who along with his brother John runs the firm, is trying to create another version — and this time the emphasis is bipartisanship.

The first award reception — which will be co-hosted by GOP state Chairwoman Kirsten Hughes and Democratic state Chairman Tom McGee — is scheduled for Dec. 3 at the Parker House. The Rendons have signed up MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, host of “Hardball,” and are looking for a Republican TV personality to co-host the evening with him.

They will be giving out what the Rendons are calling the “Elkeys” — derived from elephants and donkeys. The public will have a chance to chose from a list of nominees by voting on a web-based ballot.

“The Elkeys will not only send a great message regarding the power bipartisanship and democracy but also promises to be an entertaining evening of laughs, camaraderie and filled with plenty of ‘war stories,’ ” said Rick Rendon.


Media contact: Tara Haggett, thaggett@therendongroup.com.