After conducting a national search, receiving 100 applications, and conducting 30 interviews, the Connecticut Democratic Party will be replacing interim director Dan Kelly, with Eric Hyers on Monday.
Hyers, 27, ran Rhode Island Congressman David N. Cicilline’s winning campaign, and has done field work for Democrats in New York, Iowa, and Wyoming. A native of North Adams, Massachusetts Hyers will be looking to help grow the state party’s voter registration and fundraising efforts.
Out going interm director Dan Kelly said in a phone interview Friday that he’s excited about Hyers decision to take over the job. Kelly was filling in as the party sought to replace Justin Kronholm, who took a position with Attorney General George Jepsen earlier this year.
Kelly said the party recently retained consultants to redesign the website and logo, which will be unveiled next week. He said they’re also working closely with the Congressional delegation to revamp their voter files and are transitioning the party into a more “professional” organization. He said Hyers is the right person to take it where it needs to go.
“Our party is in a period of growth and development, and we’ve had an incredible two months of progress,” said Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo said. “With the hire of a strong new Executive Director, we’ll continue to grow, build, and professionalize our party, and will work to elect Democrats up and down the ballot.”
DiNardo will remain party chairwoman, a volunteer position in the Democratic Party.
Kelly said he will help with Hyers’ transition while he looks for some consulting work and gets ready to get back on the campaign trail for 2012.