WASHINGTON — Today, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee announced eight new hires ahead of the 2020 election cycle. The committee is on complete offense this year and is poised to spend the most on legislative races in the organization’s history. After flipping 10 state chambers and over 430 seats from red to blue since Donald Trump’s election, the DLCC announced an unprecedented $50 million campaign to flip state legislatures in 2020. This new slate of staff members brings a wide range of experience to the DLCC ahead of a critical redistricting year.
“I’m so proud to announce these key hires as our committee prepares for the most consequential election cycle in our history,” said Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee President Jessica Post. “Our new staff members bring considerable talent, energy, and experience to the organization. In our last chance to flip state chambers ahead of redistricting, we are making sure that we have the staff and the resources to win in November.”
Cory Warfield / Independent Expenditure Director
Cory Warfield is a seasoned political operative who has worked in various states and campaigns across the country. Prior to his time at the DLCC, Cory worked as a political advisor for EMILY’s List and managed a US Senate campaign. During the 2016 election cycle, Cory served as the coordinated campaign director and presidential caucus director for the Nevada Democratic Party. Before Nevada, he served as coordinated campaign director in North Carolina for U.S. Senator Kay Hagan’s re-election effort – a campaign that was called one of the best in the country in 2014. In 2012, Cory was field director for Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s successful re-election. During the 2010 cycle, Cory was the deputy field director for U.S. Senator Harry Reid’s successful re-election bid. Cory is a native of Nashville and a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a degree in communication studies and political science. When he’s not working, Cory enjoys traveling and watching college football.
Amy Friedman / National Field Director
Most recently, Amy worked as Virginia state director for Warren for President and the Virginia state advisor for the DLCC in 2019 during the effort to flip the Virginia House and Senate. In addition to several years and various roles on organizing teams, Friedman also acted as the DLCC’s deputy national field director and field director for Jon Ossoff’s congressional race.
Max Croes / Independent Expenditure Regional Political Director
Max Croes has spent much of the last twelve years in many of the nation’s tightest U.S. Senate races spanning seven states and five U.S. time zones. Most recently he served as deputy campaign manager for the presidential run of his home-state Governor Steve Bullock and has previously served as political staff for U.S. Senators Jon Tester, Mark Begich, Russ Feingold, and Representative Ann Kirkpatrick. He lives in Helena, Montana with his wife, Jill Lombardi, and won’t stop talking about how he spoiled the ultimate winner of the 2017 NBA MVP award with crowdsourcing.
Caroline Closson / Regional Campaigns Team Lead
Caroline Closson served as a Cory 2020 regional organizing director during the Iowa Caucus, managing a region of organizers and working with Iowa and national teams to execute campaign-wide programmatic strategies. In 2018, she served as the Iowa House Democratic Caucus’ candidate finance and communications director, building state House campaigns from the ground up to ultimately flip seven GOP-held seats. Prior to 2018, Closson managed a successful special election in a Trump-won Iowa state house district and Iowa Rep. Jennifer Konfrst’s 2016 campaign.
Raub Dakwale / Regional Campaigns Team Lead
Raub Dakwale has held field, fundraising, and political roles on federal and non-federal electoral campaigns in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, and Iowa. Most recently, Raub worked on National Education Association’s PAC fundraising and 2020 Strong Public Schools presidential campaign efforts, as well as helped launch Frameshot, a new remote face-to-face voter contact tool.
The DLCC has also hired Daniel Periera as field coordinator, Jessica Dickinson as regional data and targeting coordinator, and Cory Van Andel as junior designer.