Mikulski's new campaign manager meets Baltimore County Dems
Simone Ward, newly hired campaign manager for Barbara Mikulski's 2010 re-election campaign, is on the program at tonight's Central Baltimore County Democratic Club meeting in Towson.
Ward, one of the first African-American women to run a major statewide campaign in Maryland, was added to the Mikulski campaign payroll last month.
She joined the senator's campaign from EMILY's List, a Democratic feminist organization that funds Democratic women candidates who support abortion rights. Before that, Ward was deputy director of a Democratic National Committee outreach arm to black, women, Hispanic and Asian-American voters, under then-chairman Howard Dean.
She also has been executive director of Young Democrats of America and run a group called Democratic GAIN, which helped the party's campaign workers find job between elections.
Ward was reared in the Kansas City, Mo., area, where her family has ties to Emanuel Cleaver, the city's first African-American mayor and currently a member of Congress. She is a graduate of Oklahoma City University and has been working to get a Master's degree at American University in Washington, according to her biography on the EMILY's List Web site.
She has no statewide campaign management experience listed on the biography, which notes that she worked in the White House presidential personnel office during Bill Clinton's presidency.
Back in 2005, when she was employed at the DNC, she lived in northern Virginia. Presumably, as Mikulski's campaign chief, she's made the move to the Free State and is "a real Marylander, not just a ``ZIP Code'' Marylander, meaning living in Maryland as a matter of convenience."