With the 2016 election cycle already ramping up, the state Democratic Party has moved quickly to expanded its staff to 13 members.
A leading Democrat recalled only eight staffers being introduced at the party’s December state committee meeting, meaning that five staffers have been added during January.
In a memo to party supporters obtained by the New Hampshire Journal, NHDP Chairman Ray Buckley said Friday that the state Republican Party’s announcement this week of its “Leadership Summit” in April “will be a great opportunity to highlight the radical, anti-middle class policies being proposed in the back of the GOP clown van.
“That’s why at the New Hampshire Democratic Party headquarters, we’re not wasting any time. This year, we’ve hired a full staff – earlier than ever – to start working to mobilize the grassroots effort that will carry our candidates to victory in 2016 and beyond.”
With the expansion, the NHDP staff now consists of: Sean Doyle – Executive Director; state Sen. Donna Soucy – Chief Financial Officer; Colin Pio – Finance Director; Jillian Joyce – Deputy Finance Director; Aaron Jacobs (formerly of Gov. Maggie Hassan’s reelection campaign) – Press Secretary; Trey Taralia – Press Assistant; Ian Moskowitz – Political Director; Meredith Shevitz – Deputy Political Director; Isaac Epstein – Field Organizer; Ian Kenison – Operations Director; Liz Wester – House Caucus Director; Gene Martin – Senate Caucus Director; and Thad Logan – Senate Caucus Finance Director.
In his email to Democrats, Buckley wrote , “There could hardly be a better argument for the sound policies that New Hampshire Democrats know will move our economy forward than listening to Sarah Palin speak (with or without a teleprompter). But what this also means is that, believe it or not, the 2016 cycle is upon us. Last year, New Hampshire Democrats celebrated some victories despite the tough year for Democratic candidates across the country. And now is the time to start positioning ourselves to be even stronger in 2016.”
The staff expansion comes as a new Executive Director takes over at the state Republican Party. Elissa Voccola is now on the job, succeeding Matt Mowers, who has moved to head up New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s leadership PAC operations in New Hampshire.