Communication That Cuts Through

Thomas Mills


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Thomas Mills is a nationally known Democratic political consultant who specializes in strategic communications. He has helped hundreds of political candidates and progressive organizations deliver their messages to their target audiences. He is the co-founder and principal of the political firm Bates & Mills Consulting.

During his career, Mills has worked on political campaigns that range from city council to the presidency and is recognized as an expert in targeting analysis. Mills has developed an impressive record of winning long-shot political campaigns and has extensive experience in issue advocacy, particularly for labor and environmental organizations. His political direct mail and print advertising has won numerous national awards from the American Association of Political Consultants including Best Presidential Mail.

Last year, Mills served as the general consultant for Secretary of State Elaine Marshall’s U.S. Senate campaign. In that role, he built the campaign team, oversaw the campaign strategy and developed the campaign’s communications plan. While Marshall lost in the Republican wave, she handily won a primary and runoff despite being heavily outspent.

In 2004, Mills served as a direct mail consultant to the Democratic National Committee’s mail consortium, producing mail for the presidential campaign. He oversaw the creation and delivery of all of the mail in New Hampshire for the Kerry/Edwards campaign as well as the state’s coordinated campaign. New Hampshire was the only state that year to change from “red” to “blue.”

Mills’ analysis on public policy and politics has been published in several newspapers and magazines, including the Charlotte Observer, the New & Observer of Raleigh and Politics Magazine. He has also provided political analysis on television and the radio.

Mills received a bachelor’s of arts degree in history from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a master’s of public administration from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Prior to his political career, Mills was a social worker. A North Carolina native, he lives in Carrboro with his wife and children.




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Amanda Underwood is the production manager, and coordinates the mail production process from conception to delivery to the voter. During the 2008 and 2010 election season, she managed the mail production process for Bates Consulting, ensuring that 1.5 million pieces of mail reached voters on time and under budget.

Before joining Bates and Mills, she served as regional marketing manager for an international software company. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

A life-long Democrat, she was raised in Johnston County, NC, where her family has lived for more than six generations. She now resides just outside of Chapel Hill with her significant other, Daniel, and their two dogs.