By Brianne Pfannenstiel
Des Moines Register, January 7, 2019
Presidential candidate John Delaney has hired several senior Iowa staffers and will open six new field offices across the state in the coming weeks.
Delaney, who just ended his third term as a U.S. representative from Maryland, was the first to announce a 2020 presidential run, launching his campaign in October 2017.
“Our campaign spent most of last year laying the groundwork and introducing Congressman Delaney to Iowans,” Monica Biddix said in a statement.
Biddix, who has served as Delaney’s Iowa communications director since last July, will take over as his state director. She previously managed Andy McGuire’s 2018 gubernatorial primary campaign and before that was the communications director for the Iowa Democratic Party.
“We’re excited to hit the ground running in 2019 with a solid, statewide organization and offices from river to river,” she said in the statement. “Our campaign is committed to assembling a team that looks like Iowa and the rest of the country, including members of the African-American, Latino, LGBTQ+ communities and veterans.”
The other hires include:
Mark Galinsky, who will serve as deputy state director and formerly worked for Delaney in a variety of roles on both his campaign and congressional staff, including as his campaign’s Iowa outreach director.
Michelle Bruggenthies, who is Delaney’s Iowa caucus director. In 2018, Bruggenthies managed Jackie Smith’s successful Iowa state Senate race and, in 2016, she was a regional field director in northwest Iowa for Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign.
Marcia Rogers, who has worked on political campaigns across Iowa, owns North Shore Partners and is Delaney’s political director.
Rachel Potucek, who was the communications director for the Democratic Party of Orange County in California during the 2018 midterms and is the campaign’s deputy communications director.
It was announced in October 2018 that Greg Hauenstein will serve as Delaney’s Iowa digital director. He worked on Barack Obama’s 2008 caucus campaign, was the digital director for the Iowa Democratic Party and was the lead web developer for public affairs and political strategy firm GPS Impact in Des Moines.
With the new additions, Delaney now has 24 staffers in Iowa.
The campaign’s new Des Moines office, located at 2415 Ingersoll Ave., is scheduled to open on Jan. 12. Others are set to open in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Sioux City and Waterloo in the coming weeks, according to the campaign.