MANCHESTER — Days before the first televised debate of the 2020 campaign, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg signaled he’s all in here by tripling his staff on the ground in the first-in-the-nation primary state, the New Hampshire Union Leader has confirmed.
The six new hires include Victoria Williams, a former staffer and past campaign aide to Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., as deputy state director.
Most recently, Williams served as Hassan’s counsel for judicial issues and trade policy and, during Hassan’s 2016 campaign, was director of operations, compliance and scheduling.
Williams holds a law degree from Washington University of Law.
Joining Williams as a deputy state director will be Amelia Matier, whose experiences include working on the winning campaign of Buffy Wicks for the California State Assembly.
Matier also worked for several public affairs firms in California and was previously an associate producer for KCBS Radio in San Francisco. She holds a journalism degree from the University of Oregon.
“It’s game on — and Team Pete can’t wait to talk to voters about how we build a better future for this country and win the era. We are bringing on a team of energetic and empathetic organizers whose first priority will be listening to Granite Staters about the challenges they face,” Buttigieg N.H. State Director Michael Ceraso said.
“Starting this summer, Team Pete will be going to every corner of this state to help elect local Democrats, elevate the issues Granite Staters care about and spread Pete’s message of generational change.”
Noah Dion was named the N.H. campaign’s organizing director. He most recently was national regional field director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, where he helped flip eight districts from Red to Blue in 2018.
Dion also managed Debra Rodman’s successful race for the House of Delegates in Virginia, which ousted a 17-year Republican incumbent.
In 2016, Dion was deputy organizing director in Pennsylvania for the coordinated presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton.
Zoe Meeken, named deputy organizing director, served on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential primary campaign, organizing Strafford County. Most recently, Meeken was the volunteer engagement manager for the United Way of Salt Lake City.
She previously served as the special projects director for the Virginia Coordinated Campaign and as a regional organizing director in Pennsylvania during Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Liz McLeod was given the same title of deputy organizing director. She most recently was campaign manager for the Travis County Coordinated Campaign in Texas, where she oversaw the most successful Democratic performance ever, helping to elect an entirely Democratic delegation from that region to the state Legislature. She also worked several congressional races in Texas and was an adviser to a San Antonio city councilor.
Laura Gelb will become operations director for the state campaign after serving as the operations manager for Democratic digital consulting firm Mothership Strategies.
She was a field organizer for the Iowa Democratic Party’s coordinated campaign in 2014.
In May, Buttigieg named Ceraso state director and State Rep. Cole Riel, D-Goffstown, as deputy political director.
Ceraso had been Bernie Sanders’ deputy state director in 2016 and Barack Obama’s deputy field director here in 2012.
Kevin Donohoe is the campaign’s communications director.