Kaine's Political Team Staying Put for '09
At least so far, there does not appear as if there will be major changes in Democratic party leadership heading into the 2009 races for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and House of Delegates.
Levar Stoney, executive director of the Virginia Democratic Party, said recently he plans to remain in the job through next year. Stoney, who was an aide to Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) during his 2005 bid for attorney general, took over as executive director earlier this year. Don Mark, the party's political director, also plans to stay in his job.
Meanwhile, Charlie Kelly says he plans to remain the executive director of Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's political action committee, Moving Virginia Forward. In his role as Kaine's political adviser, Kelly also partly directs the state party's operations.
Kelly and Stoney both come from the field organizing side of the Democratic political world. As was the case this year, Virginia Democrats have excelled in their coordinated ground game because of Kaine's leadership and an energized grassroots.
But once Democrats choose a nominee for governor in June, that candidate will likely take on a greater role in structuring the party's get-out-to-vote efforts. It remains to be seen how the nominee's campaign will interact with Stoney, Kelly and the rest of Kaine's leadership team.
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