A new political news website, www.PoliticallyPersonal.com, has recently been launched by two Sarasota based public relations and communications professionals Rochelle Dudley and Candice McElyea. The site features articles and video interviews conducted by both women of political figures. A current interview with Ronna Romney, former sister-in-law to Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and former candidate for Senator in Michigan and who lives in the Sarasota area, is featured on the site.
Rochelle Dudley is co-founder of PoliticallyPersonal.com and president of OnMessage Strategic Communications, Inc. She grew up in St. Petersburg and later moved to Tampa, where she studied journalism at the University of South Florida, worked promotions for a radio station, owned and operated a paint-your-own pottery studio and volunteered with the Republican Party. In 2008, after a meeting with U.S. Congressman Vern Buchanan, she moved to Manatee County and took her first job in politics.
Rochelle Dudley has worked as a field staffer, campaign manager and social media consultant for numerous candidates running for local and statewide office. She founded OnMessage Strategic Communications in 2011 to provide consulting services in the areas of political fundraising, public relations, social media, volunteer coordination, voter outreach and grassroots initiatives, and has quickly become the “go to” girl for conservative candidates seeking help with campaign fundraising and strategy.
Ms. Dudley’s colleague Candice McElyea, co-founder of Politically Personal, is also owner & president of 360 Degrees PR & Marketing, Inc. based out of Lakewood Ranch. She is a graduate of Riverview High School in Sarasota and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Florida. Ms. McElyea began her professional career as a TV news reporter, working in Gainesville, Salisbury MD and Sarasota, covering politics. She also ran for office at age 24, in a race for a US Congressional seat.
Candice McElyea is a blogger on several local news websites and a contributor to Yahoo! News. Her specialties include social media strategy and implementation, and complete digital image management.
As the Presidential race heats up over the summer leading into both parties conventions, both women will be very busy keeping the site up to date with a local take on political news.
I spoke with attorney Jeffery M. Leving, one of the country’s leading authorities on father’s rights, on my radio show this week about his newest book “How To Be A Good Divorced Dad: Being the Best Parent You Can Be Before, During, and After the Break-Up”. He has written two previous books on the subject, “Fathers’ Rights” and “Divorce Wars” and specializes in Matrimonial and Family Law. The complete interview can be heard by clicking here.