Delaware Democratic Party announces new executive director

Date Published: 
July 21, 2017

Delaware Democratic Party Chairman Erik Raser?Schramm announced Monday that Jesse Chadderdon has been selected as the new executive director of the state party. In addition, Travis Williams will serve as deputy director of the party.

A Delaware native, Chadderdon, 36, has worked as the director of communications for the Delaware Senate Majority Caucus since November 2014. After a decade?long career in journalism, he joined U.S. Sen. Chris Coons’ 2014 re-election campaign as press secretary.

Raser-Schramm and Chadderdon have worked closely together in strategic roles on multiple campaigns, including February’s special election of Stephanie Hansen, which preserved the Democratic majority in the Delaware State Senate and garnered national attention as the first “swing” election since President Donald Trump won the White House.

“After considering a deep pool of tremendous candidates, I am thrilled Jesse has agreed to play a leading role in the day-to-day operations of our party,” Raser-Schramm said. “We have a tremendous working relationship, and I know Jesse’s unique combination of management experience, strategic thinking, political instincts and messaging talents will serve our party well, and will help us share our vision and values with Delawareans up and down our state.”

“We have a chance over the next several years to reaffirm that the values of the Delaware Democratic Party are the same as those shared by Delaware families across our state. We believe in an economy that works for every Delawarean and making sure our state remains a welcoming and inclusive place to live, work, and raise a family,” said Gov. John Carney.

“I’m excited about the new talent we’re seeing across our party — from leadership on down. And I’m confident that, working with our new chairman, Jesse will help us continue to connect our vision of shared prosperity with citizens and families across Delaware.”

After several years as a political reporter, Chadderdon closed out his career in journalism as the executive director of the GateHouse Delaware family of weekly newspapers, where he gained management experience and an understanding of communities across the state.

Chadderdon, who begins in the new role on Aug. 1, is a 1999 graduate of McKean High School and in 2003 graduated from Temple University, where he studied journalism and political science. He lives in Bellefonte with his wife, Katie.

In addition to the executive director hire, Raser-Schramm announced that Travis R. Williams has been named deputy director after serving as acting executive director since March. Among his many duties will be managing the party’s voter file and data systems.

Williams joined the party as the communications coordinator in 2015 after working on Matt Denn’s successful Attorney General campaign. He helped lead the delegate selection process for the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and was considered instrumental in organizing the state party convention in June.

A Middletown High School and University of Delaware graduate, Williams, 25, said he’s excited for his expanded role within the party.

“As a lifelong Delawarean who has committed my professional life to the party, I am confident we can continue to achieve great things for our state,” said Williams. “I’m excited to work closely with our new team to really hit the ground running heading into 2018.”