Already, President Joe Biden has sharpened his focus on the battleground state ahead of a looming 2024 presidential race; he has visited twice since taking office, including a Thursday rally to commemorate his first 100 days in the White House.
The party’s hires include a mix of veteran operatives and younger staffer as part of a broader effort to expand year-round campaign efforts, particularly when it involves mobilizing diverse groups that powered the Democratic gains in 2020.
Among the hires:
Matt Handsfield was hired as the party’s organizer. He was the party’s organizing director during the 2020 general election and held similar posts in other Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.
Earnest Boston Jr. was hired as the deputy organizing director. He was a regional field director for the party in 2018 and was a field director for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential race.
Stacia Yim was hired as the digital organizing director. Yim served in the same role for the party during last year’s presidential and runoff races. She also worked for Andrew Yang’s 2020 bid for president.
Dominick Perkins was hired as the party’s political director. He previously served as the Biden campaign’s political director in Georgia and was an adviser to the party during the runoffs. Before that, Perkins was a longtime aide for U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop.
Jamil Favors was hired as the deputy political director for African-American outreach. He got his start in Georgia politics volunteering during the 2018 race for governor, and later was hired as a key aide to the party’s voter education and community outreach efforts during the runoffs.
Taher Hasanali was hired as the deputy political director for the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community. He served in a similar role during the runoffs, and he also chairs the Young Democrats of Georgia’s AAPI Caucus.
Jennifer Zenteno was hired as the deputy political director for the Latinx community. She previously was a top deputy at the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, and also served as an officer for the Young Democrats of Georgia’s Latinx Caucus.