“Stefan’s knowledge and expertise of not just the press — but of strategy, policy and politics — makes him an ideal fit as we expand our Los Angeles presence,” Adam Mendelsohn, a partner at Mercury’s California office, said in a press release.
Koch Is It!
The Colorado Democratic Party named Jennifer Koch as its new executive director. The outgoing executive director, Alec Garnett, is running for the state legislature.
A veteran of President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, Koch went on to serve in the White House as a deputy liaison for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Democratic operative John Hagner recently joined Clarity Campaign Labs, a Democratic political firm, as a senior vice president.
Hagner’s résumé includes work for the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Rounding Out the Team
Former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds recently named Mitch Krebs as the communications director for the Republican’s Senate campaign. It is a homecoming for Krebs, a former journalist and television news anchor who served as Rounds’ press secretary during the governor’s second term.
Rounds’ team includes Dick Wadhams, who joined as general consultant in May. Rounds is running to replace Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson, who is retiring.
Media Matters Hires Outreach Director
Media Matters for America, a liberal nonprofit media watch group, recently hired Zeke Stokes as its new director of outreach. Stokes leaves his post as a communications director for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, where he advocated on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.
Stokes got his start in South Carolina politics “at age 19 as the youngest director of communications for a State Democratic Party in the country,” according to a release.
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Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.