Bragg leaves Vermont Democratic Party; Barnes to take over as chair

Vermont Democratic Party Welcomes New Executive Director

Montpelier, Vt.– Monday evening at 7 PM the Executive Committee of the Vermont Democratic Party approved the recommendation of the VDP’s Hiring Committee, bringing Julia Barnes of Bedford, NH, on board to replace outgoing Executive Director, Jesse Bragg. Bragg announced his departure for personal reasons in March.

“We are incredibly excited about Julia. She has a deep background in grassroots organizing that will be essential in accomplishing our goals this election year.” said Chairman Jake Perkinson, “The State Committee and VDP staff are looking forward to continuing the successes the Party has seen in the last few years with Julia at the helm.”

Julia Barnes is a New England native who received her degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies from The George Washington University in 2005. She is passionately committed to progressive grassroots organizing and grew up volunteering for a variety of candidates and causes. During the 2007-2008 New Hampshire presidential primary, she served as the Regional Field Coordinator in Hillsborough County for then-Senator Joe Biden. After the primary, Julia worked for Governor John Lynch in the Department of Constituent Services before she became the Deputy Field Director for his successful 2008 re-election campaign. In 2009, she joined Organizing for America – New Hampshire as the State Field Director where she oversaw the in-state organizing efforts for President Barack Obama. During her time with OFA- NH, she also served as the 2010 New Hampshire Coordinated Campaign Field Director.

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  • David Kaneshiro

    Congratulation for selecting JUlia Barnes as New Executive Director.
    President Obama recently met at the United Nations, as a result, what is your party platform and his efforts to: 1.Protect the sovereignty of the United States
    2.Preserve America’s Founding Documents,
    -Declaration of Independance
    -U.S. Constitution
    -Bill of Rights
    *Freedom of Choice
    *Freedom of Speech
    *Freedom of worship

    Your response will influence my vote in Nov.

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