Don Mark, political director of the state Democratic party, will take a similar job with President Obama’s re-election campaign in Virginia.
Mark will report to Lise Clavel, who late last year was named to lead the Obama campaign’s efforts in Virginia. Clavel was campaign manager and chief of staff for former Rep. Tom Perriello (D).
The campaign already has three offices in the state and more than a dozen staffers in every region of the state, including Northern Virginia, some of whom have been here for more than two years through Organizing for America. It has held more than 2,000 events since April.
No Republican presidential candidate has much of a presence in Virginia yet — but Obama, lagging in approval ratings in an increasingly Republican state — has a tough road ahead.
In 2008, Obama became the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry Virginia in 44 years, but in the years since, Democrats have lost ground. Next week, the GOP will control all of Richmond and keep its commanding majority of Virginia’s congressional delegation.
Mark previously worked as a legislative aide and for the Democratic coordinated campaign for 2007.
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