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Democratic Presidential Contender Joe Biden Turns Focus To Wisconsin With Battle-Tested Hires

Democratic National Convention To Be Held In Milwaukee In August

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Former Vice President Joe Biden participated in an online roundtable discussion targeting La Crosse, Wis., voters on May 20, 2020. Screenshot from online roundtable

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is turning to experienced Wisconsin political operatives to lead his campaign in a state that helped deliver President Donald Trump his Electoral College majority in 2016.

Two veterans of U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s successful 2018 reelection campaign will run Biden’s Wisconsin operation. Danielle Melfi was Baldwin’s political engagement chief and is Biden’s new state director. Scott Spector managed Baldwin’s campaign and will be Biden’s senior adviser.

Other new campaign hires include Garren Randolph, who was political director for Gov. Tony Evers’ 2018 campaign and will be Melfi’s deputy.

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Shirley Ellis is U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore’s adviser and will join Biden’s team as a strategic adviser after the Democratic National Convention this August in Milwaukee.