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New Texas Democratic Party Executive Director: Will Hailer


by: Michael Hurta

Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 09:00 AM CDT


Today, the Texas Democratic Party has a new Executive Director: Will Hailer. Earlier this month, then-director Bill Brannon sent an email to the TDP's list:

Will comes to Texas from Minnesota where he served as Campaign Manager and later District Director for Congressman Keith Ellison (MN-05).  Prior to that he served as Director of Development for the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus, where he raised millions of dollars for the caucus and their candidates and he has worked in various leadership positions for the Democratic House Caucus in Minnesota.

Will got his political start doing grassroots community organizing with the late Senator Paul Wellstone.  From that beginning he has been active in the campaigns of hundreds of Democratic candidates in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and Virginia.  He is a veteran of recounts of Al Franken and Mark Dayton among others and has done caucus organizing work for the Dean, Edwards, and Clinton campaigns as well as several gubernatorial and congressional candidates.

Will has the experience, energy and ideas to help turn Texas Blue and the TDP looks forward to his leadership.  His start date with the Party will be April 25 but he will be around this weekend at the Equality Forward Summit, so those of you in attendance take the time to meet him and welcome him to Texas.

Will has undoubtedly already realized that there's much work to do. But Texas will only gain from more experienced hands on deck. Between TDP's revival, Battleground Texas, and more; we might actually see a Blue officeholder before this decade's end.

Follow Will on Twitter @willhailer! And click below the fold to read TDP's full email.

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Full Email from Bill Brannon of TDP on April 4, 2013:
Dear Democrats -

I write to you today with news of a transition.

At the end of April the Texas Democratic Party will welcome Will Hailer as the new Executive Director.

Will comes to Texas from Minnesota where he served as Campaign Manager and later District Director for Congressman Keith Ellison (MN-05).  Prior to that he served as Director of Development for the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus, where he raised millions of dollars for the caucus and their candidates and he has worked in various leadership positions for the Democratic House Caucus in Minnesota.

Will got his political start doing grassroots community organizing with the late Senator Paul Wellstone.  From that beginning he has been active in the campaigns of hundreds of Democratic candidates in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and Virginia.  He is a veteran of recounts of Al Franken and Mark Dayton among others and has done caucus organizing work for the Dean, Edwards, and Clinton campaigns as well as several gubernatorial and congressional candidates.

Will has the experience, energy and ideas to help turn Texas Blue and the TDP looks forward to his leadership.  His start date with the Party will be April 25 but he will be around this weekend at the Equality Forward Summit, so those of you in attendance take the time to meet him and welcome him to Texas.

But enough about Will.

I will be staying with the Party and transitioning into the position of Senior Advisor.  In that role I will still be in the Party office-but a lot less.  While providing the necessary support for the Chair and the ED, the position will give me much more time to concentrate on doing what we all participate for, helping elect Democratic candidates.  It will also allow me to return to rural organizing, which I have really missed, and to pursue some additional personal projects as well as to spend more time at home.  My wife Vali and my family have been incredibly understanding and supportive, but my dogs are a bit grumpy.  I very much look forward to Will's arrival and my new status.

The last nearly two years have been really rewarding for me personally.  I want to thank Chairman Hinojosa and Chairman Richie for giving me this wonderful opportunity.  I've had the privilege of working with many amazingly talented staffers, Party leaders, elected officials and dedicated Party activists.  And I want to thank all Texas Democrats who help our Party and our candidates.

Just one more thing:  If you want to make both the new ED and the old one happy, go to the button below and make a small donation.  Better yet go to the website and become a Sustaining Member.  Let's keep working together for a better Bluer Texas.

Sincerely

Bill Brannon



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