Kelly Ward tapped as next DCCC executive director

November 15, 2012

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is promoting current political director Kelly Ward to the position of executive director for the 2014 cycle, a committee official told The Fix. Current communications director Jesse Ferguson will serve as Ward's deputy while Missy Kurek will be deputy executive director for finance. 

Ward replaces Robby Mook, who will reportedly head up former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe's 2013 Virginia gubernatorial bid. Under the leadership of Mook and DCCC Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.), House Democrats fell short of taking back the House majority in 2012. But with a handful of yet-to-be-called races, Democrats are on pace to pick up several seats.

“Robby strongly and ably led our team in 2012 and he’s one of the best strategists in our party today. I cannot thank him enough for his leadership and his tenacity that led us to great success. On behalf of the DCCC leadership and staff, I wish him all the best," Israel said in a statement.

Ward joined the DCCC in January 2011. During the 2012 cycle, she was involved in candidate recruitment and campaign strategy. Previously, she managed  Democrat Alan Khazei's 2009 Massachusetts Senate campaign and former Arizona Democratic congressman Harry Mitchell's first bid. 

Ferguson will replace Jennifer Crider as deputy executive director and will remain as communications director. Crider is a close ally of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) who serves as her political director. 

Kurek, who will be named the committee's new deputy executive director for finance, is a top political adviser to Pelosi and has served as the DCCC’s national finance director. 

Israel, who will remain in his position for the 2014 cycle, praised the committee's new leadership structure. 

“I couldn’t be happier or prouder that Kelly Ward will be our new Executive Director,” he said, adding, "Kelly, Jesse and Missy will lead a strong team of leaders who will take the fight to districts all across the country.”

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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