The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced several new additions to its staff for the 2014 midterm election cycle, as well as a few returning aides from 2012, to help the party hold its majority in the Senate.
Matt Canter, who served as communications director last cycle, was promoted to deputy executive director. Working under Executive Director Guy Cecil for a second straight cycle, Canter will serve as the top communications adviser and help manage message operations for all Democratic Senate campaigns.
The committee added two additional communications staffers: Justin Barasky as national press secretary and Regan Page as deputy press secretary. Barasky previously served as a top spokesman for Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown's re-election last year and the 2010 re-election of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Page previously worked in the White House's broadcast media department, on NBC's "Meet the Press" and at the Democratic firm GMMB.
Returning staff include Research Director Patrick McHugh, Finance Director Angelique Cannon, Digital Director Jason Rosenbaum, Chief Operating Officer Karen Hancox and Chief Technology Officer Jude Meche, who served as the IT director at the DSCC since 2005.
Christie Roberts returns to the DSCC as deputy research director after serving last cycle as the research director for Montana Democratic Sen. Jon Tester's re-election. Roberts served as a research associate at the DSCC in 2010.
"This team is battle tested, and they know exactly what we need to do to win," Cecil said in a statement.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee named Rob Collins as executive director in late December and is now also staffing up for 2014.