By Adam Sexton
WMUR, January 8, 2019
He was first in the 2020 race, and now former U.S. Rep. John Delaney, of Maryland, is first to ramp up his New Hampshire presidential campaign with a pair of key hires.
Delaney is bringing in a former aide, Chris MacKenzie, as state director for his campaign.
MacKenzie was raised in Hopkinton, and before joining the Delaney campaign he most recently worked as communications director for Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala.
MacKenzie previously served in the congressman’s Washington office and as regional field director during Delaney’s first campaign for Congress in 2012.
“I am truly honored to help lead John’s presidential campaign in my home state of New Hampshire,” MacKenzie said. “I worked with John when he first ran for Congress and saw firsthand how he built excitement and momentum behind big ideas for the future. Voters need a candidate who is going to stop dividing and start delivering.”
Delaney is also staying local for his deputy political director, hiring Casey Neal, who just finished working as organizing director for Free & Fair New Hampshire, Colin Van Ostern’s campaign for secretary of state.
Delaney will return to New Hampshire next week for his 13th trip to the Granite State since launching his presidential campaign in 2017.