The grassroots campaign to convince Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run for President is taking shape in the first-in-the-nation primary state.
The New Hampshire Journal has learned activist group Democracy for America will announce Wednesday it has hired veteran organizer Kurt Ehrenberg as the New Hampshire State Director of the Run Warren Run campaign, organizing its field and grassroots operations. Three other staffers with experience in campaign organizing have also been named Granite State regional field directors.
Run Warren Run will also announce Wednesday the opening of its first New Hampshire campaign office, in Manchester.
Ehrenberg, of Rye, has been involved in grassroots organizing in New Hampshire for many of his 35 years in the state. He was most recently Legislative and Political Director for the New Hampshire AFL-CIO and previously served for seven years as the Sierra Club’s representative in New Hampshire and the other New England states.
“I’m excited to join activists all across the Granite State to ensure we live up to our proud tradition of defying expectations, upsetting conventional wisdom, and picking Presidents by working to bring Sen. Elizabeth Warren and her populist progressive vision for our country into 2016’s first-in-the-nation primary,” said Ehrenberg.
The three New Hampshire-based regional field directors who will work with Ehrenberg are:
_ Jake Belanger, an Epsom resident and University of New Hampshire graduate who recently worked with the New Hampshire Democratic Party on the campaign to re-elect Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Gov. Maggie Hassan, and Rep. Ann Kuster.
_ Diego Hernandez, a field organizer for the campaign of California U.S. Rep. Pete Aguilar, who won one of the tightest races of the 2014 cycle.
_ Jennica Simms, a field organizer for Connecticut U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty’s successful 2014 reelection campaign, who previously worked on campaigns in New Jersey.
The announcement comes several days after 220 Run Warren Run volunteer house parties were held across the country and two weeks after about 100 New Hampshire supporters met in Manchester to kick off the state Run Warren Run campaign. DFA says more than 280,000 Americans have signed on to support its joint campaign with MoveOn.org Political Action. The organizations have pledged to invest a combined $1.25 million into the effort.
The New Hampshire staff will work out of DFA’s new Run Warren Run campaign office at 530 Chestnut St., Manchester. DFA plans on opening a second campaign office in Portsmouth, and hold official office opening events later this month.
DFA Executive Director Charles Chamberlain called Ehrenberg “the kind of disciplined organizer, with a deep understanding of the Granite State and a firm commitment to Elizabeth Warren’s populist progressive vision for our country, that we hoped we’d find to help lead our staff and volunteers in New Hampshire. From the North Country to the southern tier, the Upper Valley to the Seacoast, the team we’re putting in place in New Hampshire will work closely with the grassroots to show Senator Warren that she has the organization and energy she’ll need to mount a winning campaign for President rooted in her fight for working families.”
Warren has said she will not run for President, but in December, more than 87 percent of DFA members and 81 percent of MoveOn members voted to launch the Run Warren Run effort.
“The Run Warren Run campaign website and launch video at RunWarrenRun.org focus on telling the story of the Massachusetts Senator, who has become known as a tireless, passionate advocate for giving all Americans a fighting chance in an economy rigged in favor of big banks and corporate interests,” DFA said.