This week, The Pima County Democratic Party added two new staff members: Jason Ground as Communications Director and Emily Verdugo as Outreach Director.
Grounds will be primarily responsible for messaging and political strategy and serve as the main flak. He will also maintain daily social media communication.
Ground is an Arizona native with more than a decade in newsrooms around Southern Arizona. He is a 1996 graduate of The University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature. “I am incredibly excited for the new challenge,” Ground stated. “I am eager to do my part to help move Arizona and the Democratic Party forward.”
Verdugo will focus on reaching out to the diverse groups in the community. Verdugo’s responsibilities will also expand into candidate relations and field strategy.
Verdugo, also a native Arizonan, is a longtime party leader serving as Vice-Chair and Hispanic Caucus Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party and Second Vice-Chair of the Pinal County Democratic Party. A former Coolidge City Council Member and 2012 Democratic candidate for the Arizona House of Representatives, Verdugo brings vast insight into the needs of both the 2013 and 2014 election. She has Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and History from Arizona State University and holds a Master’s Degree in Management from Northern Arizona University.
Returning to Pima County after working over a decade around Arizona, Verdugo says she is “looking forward to working together with the richly diverse and multicultural communities that are the heart and soul of Pima County.”