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March 16. 2013 10:44PM

Horn's staff to be headed by veteran political operative, St. A grad

CONCORD - A veteran New York State political operative and Saint Anselm College alumnus has been tapped to become the executive director of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee under new chairman Jennifer Horn.


The New Hampshire Sunday News and UnionLeader.com have learned that Matthew Slater, 26, will join the New Hampshire GOP on or about April 1.

Slater most recently directed the Mid-Hudson Regional Office of the Republican leader of the New York State Assembly.

The district encompasses nine counties with a population of about 6 million.

Horn, who has been state party chair since Jan. 26, has also named several New Hampshire operatives to key staff posts:

-- David Chesley, a senior adviser to former Rep. Charlie Bass's 2012 campaign and manager of Horn's 2008 and 2010 congressional campaigns, will be party senior advisor and political director.

-- Jacob Avery will remain with the state party as director of operations.

He was the party's field representative before joining the 2012 Republican National Committee "Victory" campaign as deputy state director. He also managed state Sen. Andy Sanborn's successful 2010 campaign.

-- Meg Stone, who had been the party's communications director under former chair Wayne MacDonald, will now be a part-time manager of special projects.

She is also working as a part-time legislative aide with the New Hampshire House Republican caucus.

The party is also formally adding veteran communications specialist Ryan Williams as a paid outside advisor on communications and strategy.

Williams, well-known to the national and New Hampshire, was the state party's press secretary during former Gov. John H. Sununu's tenure as chairman during 2009 and 2010. He was most recently national deputy press secretary for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign and currently heads his own communications consulting practice.

The party said that Slater, in his New York legislative staff post, "helped elect, train and advise Republican candidates and assemblymen and assemblywomen."

He previously managed Bob Cohen's unsuccessful campaign for a New York state Senate seat in a hotly contested race, in which the Cohen campaign raised and spent about $900,000. He also was chief of staff to Assemblyman Steve Katz.

Slater also worked in the office of the Westchester County Board of Elections and volunteered on former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's 2008 New Hampshire primary campaign.

In addition to his degree from Saint Anselm, he holds a masters degree in Public Administration from Marist College.

Horn said the party staff comprises "seasoned and experienced professionals."

The party, which has already become more aggressive in its messaging under Horn's early leadership, "is committed to building a strong party structure that will help us elect conservative candidates who will fight to restore fiscal sanity in Concord and Washington," she said.


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