Krystal Ball is an author, activist, social media innovator, and recovering Congressional candidate. She is best known as the co-host of the MSNBC program “The Cycle”, and for hundreds of television appearances on shows as diverse as “The O’Reilly Factor” and “Real Time with Bill Maher”. She has been a featured speaker at Columbia, Princeton, Harvard, and George Washington University, and a guest lecturer at the New School in New York City.
Her writing has appeared in publications such as US News and World Report, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, and Politico, and she is central to Glamour magazine’s political coverage, where she concentrates on issues important to women. Her new book, Reversing the Apocalypse: Hijacking the Democratic Party to Save the World, is a courageous manifesto calling for change in the leadership and focus of the Democratic Party.
Following her 2010 Congressional campaign, Forbes magazine named her one of the Most Powerful Women in the Mid-Term Elections, and The Week designated her as one of the Top Eight Political Stars of 2010, along with Marco Rubio, Scott Brown and Chris Christie.
She commutes between Washington and her home in Louisville, Kentucky, where she lives with her husband, Jonathon, and their three adorably willful children.
Randy Jones is a political advocate and campaign strategist from Morgantown, West Virginia. In 2010, at the age of 18, he campaigned for Mike Oliverio for Congress, standing his ground in contentious debates with Tea Party activists and career politicians. Oliverio’s long-shot primary campaign unseated a 27-year incumbent.
Following the race, Randy co-founded the Students for Advancement in Legislative Affairs, a statewide organization lobbying on issues of interest to West Virginia’s college students. The organization was instrumental in passing the West Virginia Tennant’s Bill of Rights and preserving the Promise Scholarship program for West Virginia high school graduates.
He served as government relations advisor to Strategic Health Resources, a health systems and biotechnology consulting firm defending the interests of small biotechnology companies. Randy successfully lobbied for the creation of a fund taking penalties and fines paid by big pharma to create grants supporting drug development by smaller pharmaceutical firms.
In 2018, Randy joined Richard Ojeda’s campaign for Congress in West Virginia’s 3rd District. As political director, he managed relationships with trade unions, issue advocacy groups, and other campaigns. Ojeda’s campaign cut the Republican majority by 38 points, the largest shift in any Congressional District in the country.
Kelsey Hayes Coots
Kelsey Hayes Coots is a career educator and political activist. After graduating the University of Kentucky with a degree in Political Science, she was a member of the Teach for America Corps, for two years teaching 8th grade Language Arts in Houston.
She was an Obama for America fellow, interned for the 2010 Conway for Kentucky campaign, has been a finance consultant to the Kentucky House Democratic Caucus, and has worked with many State House and State Senate campaigns. She is also a 2018 graduate of the Emerge Kentucky program.
She teaches 8th grade Language Arts in the Jefferson County, Kentucky, public schools and is actively engaged in lobbying state government for more funding for public education. She is currently running for Auditor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
She, her husband, and their dog Charley live in Louisville, Kentucky.
Tom Johnson is a writer and communications consultant based in Louisville, Kentucky. He has written or produced more than 100 television documentaries and published an equal number of magazine articles; played a key role in four venture capital-funded start-ups; and provided communications consulting services in a dozen different industries.
He has written or co-written business plans that have raised over $100 million in venture capital and, for a short, lamentable period in his youth, made a living writing jokes.
He holds an advanced certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust in London, is a trained facilitator of strategic development processes, and was recognized by the American Legion for his contribution to the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II.