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Joe Biden campaign expands presence in Arizona with new staff hires

Jun 19, 2020, 1:30 AM | Updated: 7:40 am
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PHOENIX — Joe Biden’s presidential campaign expanded its presence in Arizona on Friday by filling two senior-level staffing positions.

In an effort to turn the Grand Canyon State blue in the November general election, the Biden campaign hired Andrew Piatt as Arizona senior adviser and Jessica Mejía as state director, the campaign confirmed in an email to KTAR News 92.3 FM.

“Jessica Mejia and Andrew Piatt have the experience, skill, and talent to help drive Joe Biden to victory in Arizona,” Biden for President director of states Jenn Ridder said.

“This is just the beginning. We’re excited to continue to expand our footprint in the state, bring on talented individuals to fill out our senior leadership team, and make Donald Trump a one-term President.”

Piatt previously served as the campaign manager for U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s 2018 senate run and Mejía’s prior job was also with the Biden campaign — serving as the presidential hopeful’s state director in California.

In May, a poll conducted by OH Predictive Insights showed Biden to have a comfortable 50% to 43% lead over President Donald Trump among Arizona likely voters.

Last month also marked a financial victory for the Biden campaign in the form of raising $81 million toward his election.

Trump last visited Arizona on May 5, when he spent the day in Phoenix touring a Honeywell facility and discussing Native American issues.

He is scheduled to return June 23 to address an audience of mostly young voters and activists at Dream City Church.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Joe Biden campaign expands presence in Arizona with new staff hires