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Stoney out, Cranwell in

Anita Kumar

Despite what a lot of politicos think, Levar Stoney, former executive director of the Democratic Party of Virginia, will not be returning to the party following his stint as political director for Creigh Deeds's gubernatorial campaign.

Stoney said he originally took a leave of absence in June and had every intention of returning, but changed his mind in the fall. He said he is exploring other opportunities.

Party Chairman Dick Cranwell has alerted state Democrats that the party's interim leader, Leigh Anne Collier, will stay on as director. Collier had previously served as deputy executive director for finance and operations.

Also not returning to the party: communications director Jared Leopold, who served as Deeds's spokesman during the general election.

Speaking of Cranwell, he said today that he has every intention of staying on as chairman until his term ends in 2013, despite rumors that he may leave after a bruising election for Democrats. Cranwell, first elected in 2005, said no one has asked that he resign. "I have no plans on stepping down,'' he said.

By Anita Kumar  |  November 19, 2009; 3:34 PM ET
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