Ariail Smith Gorman

Ariail Smith Gorman joined Capitol Strategy Group in 2009 and has helped to coordinate several major fundraising events since joining the team. She brings fundraising, event planning, and communication skills to the firm.

Gorman has raised money for many members of the State Legislator including  Representative Sharon Cooper (Chairman of the House Health and Human Services Committee), Representative Ben Harbin,  Representative Matt Hatchett  (House Caucus Chairman),  Representative John Meadows (Chairman of the House Rules Committee),  Senator Renee Unterman (Chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee), Senator Ben Watson, M.D., Representative Sam Watson, and Senator John Wilkinson (Chairman of the Senate Ag Committee). She also has coordinated political fund raising for local officials such as Forsyth County Sheriff Duane Piper and Superior Court Judge of the Coweta Judicial Circuit, the Honorable Bill Hamrick. Gorman served as the Financial Director for Rep. Donna Sheldon and Mike Collins, who were both candidates for the 10th Congressional District race in 2014.  She is currently helping with three special election house races for Shaw Blackmon, Scott Downing and Betty Price, M.D.

In addition, Smith is proud to raise money for various PACs around the state of Georgia including the Medical Association of Georgia and has worked with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce PAC.

Helping to raise funds for non-profit organizations is another area that Smith manages.  For the past eight years, she has led the firm's fundraising and event planning efforts for the Blue & Gold Gala benefiting the Georgia FFA Foundation. The Gala, the FFA’s largest fund-raising function, features both live and silent auctions, a dinner, entertainment, and a raffle.  Smith works tirelessly with the FFA to help further the worthwhile goals of this organization.  Another non-profit organization Smith is proud to have raised money for is the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD).

Gorman’s political career began in Washington, D.C. with an internship in the office of Senator Saxby Chambliss in 2007. After returning to Georgia, she worked as an aide for Senator Don Balfour in the Senate Rules Committee. Her experience was further enhanced by her work for Governor Sonny Perdue in the Office of Executive Appointments.

Gorman is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Georgia, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications.   She is originally from Covington, Georgia, and she now resides in Atlanta with her husband, Russell Gorman.
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