Jahana Hayes Names Top Staffers
Democratic CT Congresswoman-elect Jahana Hayes has named Veronica DeLandro as her District Director, where she’ll serve as a liaison between Hayes and people in the state’s 5th Congressional District. A resident of New Britain, CT, she most recently served as Director of Community Engagement for the Governor's Prevention Partnership. Prior to that, she served as the Executive Director of two nonprofits, the College Summit, Inc. and the Aurora Women and Girls Foundation Inc. DeLandro’s past public service has also included serving as a Board Member for the Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity Affiliate, Commissioner for the City of New Britain Youth & Family Services, and Founder and Mentor of the Granville Academy Mentor Program at ESPN. The Hampton University graduate, who also holds a Master’s from the University of Connecticut, is a past President of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Hartford Chapter. Hayes also announced that Jason Newton would serve as her Communications Director. The Southern Connecticut State University graduate, who holds a Master’s from Louisiana State University, was most recently the Press Secretary for Congressman Matt Cartwright (D-PA). Newton also has more than a decade of experience in news and media relations; his first DC assignment was in 2017, when he was a National Political Correspondent for Nexstar Media Group, Inc. He also previously served as Reporter for local stations in New Haven, CT; Baton Rouge, LA; and West Palm Beach, FL. “We’re excited and we’re ready to go,” DeLandro said. Hayes also named Joe Dunn, a former aide to Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), as Chief of Staff. More here.