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Biden Adds 3 More Senior Staffers in PA

The campaign keeps growing in the Keystone State. 

First reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Monday morning, former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign has added three more staffers to senior positions in the Pennsylvania campaign. 

The Biden campaign announced that Nikkilia Lu will serve as the campaign’s Deputy State Director, Keyva Clark as the state campaign’s Coalitions Director, and Manny Guzman Jr. as the state’s Deputy Coalitions Director for Latino Engagement. 

Two of the three hires have ties to western PA, while the other has a background in Berks County. 

Lu, a political organizer and strategist, has run campaigns in Pittsburgh and served as the Western PA Political Director for SEIU Local 32BJ. Lu most recently served as the Pennsylvania Director for the State Innovation Exchange (SiX), where she “oversaw agenda setting efforts with legislators and movement partners, working to create the first-ever bicameral governance plan for PA State House and Senate Democrats.” The Biden campaign lauded her working as being “instrumental in building the progressive infrastructure of the state.”

Clark formerly served as a Communication Analyst in Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s office and as the campaign manager for Peduto. Clark most recently served as the Chief of Staff for state Rep. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny). A release from the Biden campaign described Clark as a “social justice advocate,” who is “passionate about criminal justice reform, housing, and LGBT rights.”

Guzman is currently the Democratic nominee for House District 127 in Berks County in addition to his role as the state’s campaign Deputy Coalitions Director for Latino Engagement. Guzman served as the Coalitions Director with the Pennsylvania Democratic Party from 2018 to January 2020. The Biden campaign touted Guzman for having “extensive relationships with many elected officials, and community leaders across the state.”

These hires are the third wave of senior staff hires for Biden’s Pennsylvania campaign. 

In early July, the Biden campaign announced Brendan McPhillips being brought in to serve as the campaign’s State Director, and Sinceré Harris as the campaign’s Senior Advisor in Pennsylvania. In late July, the Biden campaign also announced the additions of Larry Hailsham Jr. as the state’s Political Director; Michael Feldman as the state’s Communications Director; Nandi O’Connor and the state’s Coordinated Digital Director; and Amy Dorra to serve as the Deputy Coordinated Political Director.

The Republican National Committee and the Trump Victory effort named Brittney Robinson the Pennsylvania Director in May 2019. 

Both presidential campaigns have been active in the state for the past few months. 

On Sunday evening, President Donald Trump held a tele-rally in Pennsylvania. Vice President Mike Pence was also campaigning in the Keystone State last Thursday headlining a “Cops for Trump” event in Westmoreland County and leading a conversation on America’s economic recovery following the coronavirus pandemic in Somerset County.  

Biden’s most recent visit to the state was in early July in Lackawanna County to discuss his economic agenda following the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Jill Biden and Sen. Bob Casey discussed the safe reopening of Pennsylvania’s schools in a virtual campaign visit to Pittsburgh last Tuesday.

The most recent polling show the former VP with an edge over the president. 

The Real Clear Politics average shows Biden ahead of Trump by 6 points in Pennsylvania.

7 Responses

  1. Politics PA should ban the emails associated with the Gulags accounts.

    Now, this is a good set of hires for Biden. Need as much push as possible to win in 2020.

    1. You need to keep only the original gulag email address and ban/delete the fake ones.

  2. It is pathetic that PoliticsPA allows childish scum to imitate others to post ridiculous content.

    1. Its pathetic that some sorry sack of POS living in his mommy’s basement thinks he has some unalienable right to post mind numbing crap using a fake alias.
      You’re a sad sack of shit.

  3. If you want to look for how things are going in a campaign look at the increased size of staff as the campaign evolves. More people added means that money is coming in means that donors sense a winner. Look at Trump. His ads stopped and then he just started to go back up which means things aren’t going well. There is no question that suburban voters are going to vote with intensity as they don’t want 4 more years of Trump. Aside from political devotees of Trump, he is slumping and losing support badly. All you have to do is stand in line to buy groceries wearing a mask like was done this Spring. All you have to do is see professional sports teams, college football teams and high school football teams all struggle during this pandemic. Let alone all the medical fallout from covid19. Voters will hold the President accountable for the covid mishandling and with everyone being affected this is bad news for the Republicans and President Trump come November on Election Day. This will be a Biden landslide with Dems gaining 20 House seats and taking control of the Senate.

  4. These hires won’t help Biden overcome the Trump wave.

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