Clinton's political director is WHS alum


At least a dozen Republicans and a handful of Democrats have expressed an interest in running for their party’s 2016 presidential nomination. On the Republican side, three have officially announced their candidacies, and all three are current U.S. Senators: Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio.

On behalf of Democrats, Hillary Clinton, former First Lady, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State, announced her candidacy on April 12. And so begins another presidential election season that will last for the next year-and-a-half.

On the local front, Amanda Renteria, who graduated as valedictorian of Woodlake High’s Class of 1995, graduated from Stanford University, and earned a master’s degree from Harvard Business School, has been appointed as Clinton’s national political director, also known as campaign manager. As leader of Clinton’s campaign, Amanda is in the top tier of Clinton advisers. 

In 2014, Amanda ran for the 21st Congressional District (Fresno County). She ran on the platform of opportunities for all people, including education, and solving the Valley’s water crisis through storage infrastructure. She lost the election to incumbent David Valadao. 

Previously, Amanda served as Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan). She was the first Latina chief of staff to serve on Capitol Hill.

Amanda and her husband, Patrick Brannelly, have two young sons. They reside in Sanger in Fresno County.

Amanda’s parents continue to reside in Woodake, and her mom worked for the Woodlake School District for 36 years. 

The Republican field of candidates for the November 2016 presidential election is expected to be crowded. Expected to enter the race are Jeb Bush, former Florida governor; Scott Walker, Wisconsin governor; Chris Christie, New Jersey governor; Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor; Rick Santorum, former U.S. senator; Rick Perry, former Texas governor; Bobby Jindall, Louisiana governor; Carly Fiorina, former business executive; and Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon. 

Democrats expected to throw their hats into the ring include Jim Webb, former U.S. senator; Martin O’Malley, former Maryland governor; Lincoln Chaffee, former Rhode Island governor. Bernie Sanders, an Independent and current U.S. senator, is also exploring the options.

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