Democratic gubernatorial nominee Creigh Deeds has hired a slew of new campaign staff to prepare for his battle with Republican Bob McDonnell this fall.
Nearly all of the new staffers have worked for some Virginia political campaign in the last 10 years. A few are veterans of Deeds’ primary opposition campaigns.
Joining Deeds’ staff are:
Levar Stoney, Political Director — Stoney was most recently the executive director of the Democratic Party of Virginia. He also worked on Deeds’ 2005 attorney general campaign.
Matt Felan, Finance Director — Felan worked on Gov. Tim Kaine’s 2005 campaign, and later worked for Kaine’s PAC, Moving Virginia Forward.
Hailey Arends, CFO — She most recently worked for Terry McAuliffe’s gubernatorial campaign. Arends worked on Kaine’s ’05 campaign and for the governor’s PAC.
Mike Gehrke, Communications Director — Has worked on state-wide races in 15 states and on national campaigns.
Kevin Hall, Senior Advisor — Hall is taking a leave of absence from his duties as communications director for Sen. Mark Warner. Hall worked for Warner when he was governor and later for Gov. Kaine.
Jared Leopold, Press Secretary — Most recently, Leopold was the press secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia.
Mark Giangreco, Policy Director — He worked for McAuliffe’s campaign this year and for Warner’s senate campaign last year.
Dave Mills, Finance — Mills worked on similar issues for Brian Moran’s gubernatorial campaign this year. He’s also worked for the state Democratic party and for Kaine.
Julie Copeland, Intergovernmental Relations Director — Copeland has worked on eight state-wide races and was the state Senate Democratic Caucus director for five years.
J.J. Minor, Outreach Director — Minor worked for Sen. Jim Webb’s 2006 campaign, for Kaine’s gubernatorial campaign and for Warner’s run for governor.
Scott Goodstein, Mobile Media Consultant — Goodstein ran Barack Obama’s mobile media operation during last year’s presidential campaign. He also worked for Warner’s 2001 gubernatorial campaign and for several Virginia legislative races.