Clinton, Edwards Announce Nevada Campaign Staff

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Democratic presidential candidates John Edwards and Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday announced their top Nevada campaign staff, with Edwards naming five operatives from outside the state and Clinton plucking from a recent failed gubernatorial campaign.

The Edwards campaign said Bill Hyers will lead operations in Nevada as state director. Hyers worked on the former North Carolina senator's 2004 presidential campaign in Iowa. He recently was a campaign manager for Kristen Gillibrand's successful congressional campaign in New York.

Edwards' Nevada political director, Roberto Rodriguez, was the state director for the California Voter Registration Project in 2004 and the managing director for LLAMAME, an organization that tailors communications in Spanish and English, the campaign said.

Preston Elliot, a former field staffer on Rep. Dick Gephardt's 2004 campaign in Iowa, will be Edwards' Nevada field director. Oscar Lopez, a regional field director for Patricia Madrid's 2006 congressional race in New Mexico, will act as Nevada trip director. Kelly Harlow, who worked on Edwards' 2004 bid in Iowa, will act as Nevada regional field director.

Clinton, D-N.Y., hired two veterans of state Sen. Dina Titus' recent campaign for governor. Community activist and lawyer Alisa Nave, Titus' finance coordinator, will serve as Clinton's southern Nevada political director.

Pam DuPre, a former executive director of the Washoe County Democrats, will hold the job in the north, the campaign said.

Another Titus campaign staffer, Hilarie Grey, has signed on as Clinton's Nevada communications director. Grey was head of communications for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before joining Titus' campaign as a spokeswoman last year.

Deputy Field Director Brian DiMarzio worked as the Nevada Democratic Party's canvass director during last year's election and previously worked for the AFL-CIO union in Nevada.

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson also have announced hiring staff in Nevada, which will hold the second-in-the-nation caucus on Jan. 19.

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