Last month Christopher Mitchell became the new chair for the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee, replacing Pat Kemp, who opted to step down after two years on the job.
Monday night the party announced that they had selected a new Executive Director, Matthew Snyder, who is perhaps best known for his involvement in Democrat Bill Mitchell's Congressional campaign against Republican Gus Bilirakis in Florida's District 9 back in 2008.
A native of New Jersey, Snyder attended Stetson Law School in Gulfport and began working on Mitchell's campaign immediately after he graduated. He says he returned to Atlantic City, New Jersey in 2010, before coming back to the Bay area last fall.
When asked how his duties will differ from Chris Mitchell's, Snyder said he will handle the day-to-day concerns of the local party, freeing Mitchell to concentrate on raising money and the profile of Hillsborough Dems. He said he considers 2011 as a year to get the party's infrastructure together, before segueing into the 2012 political calendar.
Snyder says the party has four priorities: 1) improving its infrastructure, 2) raising money, 3) getting its message out, 4) and certainly not least, recruiting viable candidates, something the Hillsborough DEC has been woefully lacking for years now.
Also, Nic Zateslo, who worked on John Dingfelder's unsuccessful campaign for County Commissioner last year, has been named communications director for the Hillsborough DEC.