Bismarck, ND – Today, the North Dakota Democratic-NPL is announcing that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has granted the state party’s request to fund a new organizing director to focus on early and robust voter engagement.
The organizing director will be tasked with getting an early lead on volunteer recruitment, directing community outreach projects, and laying the strategic and operational groundwork for the 2022 coordinated campaign. Since North Dakota has no party registration, the organizing director will also lead a comprehensive statewide program that will fortify relationships with unions and other allied organizations.
“The DNC is excited to make these historic investments in the North Dakota DNPL to further expand organizing and voter education efforts on the ground to help create a deep bench of voters and activists,” said DNC Chair Jaime Harrison. “From the halls of Congress to the statehouse in Bismarck, the DNC is committed to supporting the critical infrastructure that will help North Dakota Democrats win up and down the ballot this year and beyond.”
“Hiring an organizing director is vital to our campaign plan, and we’re glad that the national party sees the importance of engaging with voters in red states. Our organizing team will connect with voters and volunteers; they will also help our candidates get out to knock on doors and talk to North Dakotans,” said Democratic-NPL Party Chair Patrick Hart. “In 2020, our direct voter contact program was severely upended because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, however, we will be able to get our volunteers and staff out on the doors much earlier, joining many candidates who have already begun knocking doors in their districts.”
“Building our data and securing a full-time organizing director is critical to our success, and these investments will help ensure that our party can run a strong and robust coordinated campaign in 2022. I am deeply grateful to Chair Harrison for his continued dedication towards lifting up red state parties, like the Dem-NPL. We will be looking to start accepting applications for this position in June, with a focus on individuals who’ve had experience organizing in North Dakota, and are well-versed in the political landscape here,” said Executive Director Tyler Hogan.
This grant is part of the DNC’s Red State Fund, which was established last year under the leadership of DNC Chair Jaime Harrison to put Republicans on defense and build tailored programs in traditionally Republican states.