Democratic National Committee CEO Amy Dacey announced four internal promotions on Monday.
Maureen Garde is the new deputy political director of State Party Programs and counselor to the CEO. Previously, she was the national deputy political director.
Regena Thomas will take on the position of director of community engagement, along with her current role as political department senior adviser.
Kate Yglesias Houghton leaves her job as deputy director of the chairwoman’s office to become the new Democratic Women’s Alliance director.
Lindsey Reynolds moved from the director of the secretary’s office to chief operating officer.
“We have recruited top-talent like new National Political Director Raul Alvilar as well as promoting staff who are ready to step into new leadership roles,” Dacey said in a statement. “Maureen, Regena, Kate, and Lindsey have unique skillsets and experiences that will make them invaluable assets to Democrats as we work toward November.”
Treadwell Shakes Up Alaska Senate Campaign
Alaska Republican Senate candidate Mead Treadwell last week announced a major shake-up of his campaign, with the departure of campaign manager Adam Jones and spokesman Rick Gorka. Longtime Treadwell friend and fundraiser Peter Christensen will run the campaign “until the new campaign manager is named,” Treadwell said in a statement.
Treadwell, Alaska’s lieutenant governor, is running in a competitive Aug. 19 GOP primary in which Dan Sullivan has emerged as the front-runner. The winner will take on first-term Democratic Sen. Mark Begich.
Utah Democratic Chairman Steps Down
Utah Democratic Party Chairman Jim Dabakis stepped down from his position on Monday.
Dabakis, who is openly gay and held the position for nearly three years, cited medical reasons for his resignation.
“While I spend the next months fighting some medical issues, I can assure you that my voice still works,” he wrote in an email to supporters.
Dabakis, who was profiled in the Washington Post in 2012 for his ambitious plans to make the party viable in Utah, added that he is forming “a new Democratic organization” called DABAK PAC that will “be the voice of Utah progressive people.” A member of the state legislature, he will continue with his state Senate re-election campaign.
In congressional politics, there is not much Democratic action in the state. Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson announced his retirement from the House in December, eliminating the party’s only chance to represent the Beehive State on Capitol Hill.
Mackowiak Joins Campaign Against Texas Rep. Ralph Hall
Texas-based GOP consultant Matt Mackowiak will serve as a senior campaign adviser to attorney John Ratcliffe, who forced Texas Rep. Ralph M. Hall into a May 27 GOP primary runoff.
“Matt has deep experience in Texas campaigns and helps broaden and deepen our campaign capabilities for this primary runoff,” Ratcliffe said in a statement.
House Majority PAC Names New Spokesman
House Majority PAC, a super PAC aiming to elect House Democrats, recently hired Matt Thornton as its new communications director. He replaces Andy Stone, who recently left the group for a position at Facebook.
“Matt has the right combination of experience and savvy to help House Majority PAC hold Republicans accountable and win House seats,” Executive Director Alixandria Lapp said in a statement.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.