ATLANTA, GA. November 18, 2015 – The Oblander Group is pleased to offer its congratulation to Charleston, SC Mayor-Elect, John Tecklenburg upon his victory in yesterday’s runoff election. Mr. Tecklenburg defeated SC State Representative Leon Stavrinakis 57.5% to 42.5% with all precincts reporting. Mayor-Elect Tecklenburg will serve as Charleston’s first new mayor in forty years, taking over for Mayor Joseph Riley on January 11, 2016.

“Winning campaigns need fuel in order to operate successfully,” noted Mayor-Elect Tecklenburg. “Kristin Oblander and her team at The Oblander Group provided that fuel by providing the guidance, expertise, and the operational skills we needed to win.”

Brought on board as the campaign’s political fundraising agency, The Oblander Group applied proven fundraising techniques, events and messaging to connect the campaign with supporters willing to invest in the future of Charleston.

“Charleston has experienced a number of unfortunate events over the past year,” said Tecklenburg Campaign Communications Director, Jack O’Tool, referring to the Emmanuel Church shootings and the recent flooding. “The funds raised by The Oblander Group allowed the campaign to paint an optimistic vision for the future of Charleston, and to deliver a message that resonated with Charleston voters.”

The Oblander Group has nearly two decades of success in raising the funds needed to mount competitive political campaigns as well for select non-profit organizations. “I’ve always felt that the best way for me to effect positive change is to help those people and organizations which work to better society as a whole,” said Kristin Oblander, President of The Oblander Group. “We are excited by John Tecklenburg’s victory, and his vision for the next chapter in Charleston’s remarkable history. We know that Mayor-Elect Tecklenburg has the background and integrity to be the leader Charleston needs at this time. Now we turn toward retiring any campaign debt, and to raise funds for the inauguration events. Our work is far from over!”

About The Oblander Group and Kristin Oblander

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, The Oblander Group if a full-service progressive political and non-profit organization fundraising firm. Founded by Kristin Oblander in 1999, Oblander group clients, past and present, include serving on the National Finance Committee of The Obama Victory Fund, the Democratic National Committee, U.S. Congressman John Lewis, and U.S. Congressman Sanford Bishop. The Oblander Group raised over $22 Million for Georgia Governor Roy Barnes re-election campaign in 2002 – still the all-time fundraising record in the state of Georgia.

Kristin Oblander is President of The Oblander Group. Named by “Campaigns and Elections” magazine as a “Rising State in Politics”, Ms. Oblander is considered one of the premiere fundraising professionals in the United States. Ms. Oblander is a founding board member of the National Association of Fundraising Professionals, and a has been a featured fundraising speaker at many national training seminars and conferences including: the White House Project, the Legislative Candidate Training for the Georgia Democratic Party, the Burris School of Government Candidate Training, the Stennis Center for Southern Women in Public Service, the Campaigns & Elections Political Training Seminar, the New Leader’s Council and the National Center for Transportation Excellence. Ms. Oblander holds a Bachelor of Science in Management at Georgia Tech and resides in Atlanta with her husband Bill Sengstacken.

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