Vermont Democratic Party hires interim executive director

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Mon, 05/16/2022 - 1:28pm -- ken@vermontbiz.com
Jim Dandeneau

The Vermont Democratic Party announced it has hired Jim Dandeneau as interim executive director for a six-month period beginning May 23. He joins Coordinated Campaign Director Elliot Kaufmann, Data Director Madison Thomas, Senate Democratic Caucus Aide Sally Short and House Democratic Caucus Campaign Director Cameron McClimans.

Dandeneau is a familiar figure in Democratic circles, having served as the party's House campaign director since 2017. Prior to that, he was field director for Sue Minter’s 2016 campaign for governor.

When Dandeneau moved to Vermont with his wife in 2015, he was already a seasoned political organizer and campaigner, with nearly 15 years of experience in and around New York politics.

“I’m delighted that Jim is taking on the role of Interim Executive Director at this critical time,” said VDP chair Anne Lezak. “Jim is a proven talent whose skills, know-how and drive are a great match for this historic campaign season. With open seats at every level — in the US Senate and House and most statewide offices, plus important legislative races throughout the state — we need someone who can hit the ground running.”

“I’m thrilled to be coming back to the VDP,” said Dandeneau. “I’m looking forward to guiding a terrific team through this exciting and complex election season with professionalism, hard work and a lot of success.”