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Democratic strategist Addisu Demissie. Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.

Demissie will manage Booker campaign

Familiar faces: Klapper, Butler, Dikis, Giertz and Tamia Booker all named to key posts

By David Wildstein, February 01 2019 9:50 am

Cory Booker has turned to some of the people that have been part of his circle for years to run his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

His campaign manager will be Addisu Demissie, who managed Booker’s 2013 U.S. Senate campaign against Steve Lonegan.  Demissie managed California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s campaign last year and worked as National Voter Outreach and Mobilization Director on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Booker’s top two advisors – Matt Klapper and Modia Butler – will also hold top positions in the Cory 2020 campaign.  Klapper, Booker’s chief of staff for the last four years, will be a senior advisor; Butler, who was Booker’s chief of staff at Newark City Hall and his state director in the U.S. Senate, will be a senior strategist.

Tamia Booker – no relation to the senator – will be the national political director.  She has been deputy chief of staff in Booker’s Senate office and worked as African American Outreach director on the Clinton ’16 campaign.

Lauren Dikis, the finance director on the ’13 Booker for Senate race, will be the national finance director.

Booker’s Senate communications director, Jeff Giertz, will be the Cory 2020 communications director.

Two new additions to Team Booker: Jenna Lowenstein, who managed the re-election campaign of U.S. Senator Chris Murphy last year, will be deputy campaign manager.  She was digital director for the Clinton campaign and is a former vice president of Emily’s list.

Michael Tyler, the deputy national communications director, was chief of staff to Democratic National Chairman Tom Perez and national press secretary for the Democratic National Committee.

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