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May 4, 2023
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Brimm brings over a decade of campaign experience both running prominent Democratic races and working at campaign committees, as DASS builds on its most successful election cycle ever
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Democratic Association of Secretaries of State (DASS) today announced that Travis Brimm has been named its new Executive Director, effective immediately. Brimm comes to DASS with over a decade of experience in fundraising and management, including tenures on presidential and congressional campaigns – most recently as Cheri Beasley’s campaign manager and U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján’s campaign manager in their respective races for U.S. Senate in North Carolina and New Mexico.
Brimm’s appointment comes on the heels of Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold being re-elected as Chair of DASS and DASS’ most successful election cycle to date. Last year, Democratic candidates for Secretary of State defeated election deniers in every single battleground state. Together, Brimm and Griswold will work to protect free and fair elections ahead of 2024 and beyond in partnership with incumbents across the country; mobilize voters to elect and re-elect Democratic Secretaries; and combat continued attacks from MAGA Republicans on our democracy and fundamental freedoms.
“Democratic Secretaries of State are on the frontlines of protecting our democracy, and I’m thrilled to take the helm of the only organization dedicated to electing and keeping them in office,” said Travis Brimm, new executive director of DASS. “DASS was extremely successful last cycle in defeating extremists in battleground states, but election denialism is alive and well, and the fight is far from over. While our Secretaries put in the work on the frontlines, we plan to treat each and every race as if free and fair elections depend on them – because they do.”
Under Brimm’s leadership, DASS plans to bring a campaign focus to the committee so it can expand its reach, grow its fundraising capacity, and contest every available race. DASS will also help incumbents combat misinformation and advocate for Secretaries of State to have the resources they need to expand access to the ballot box and keep conducting free and fair elections.
“We are thrilled to have Travis lead DASS following a year of historic victories for our democracy. His deep experience with Democratic campaign committees and prominent races will be crucial as we continue to protect American democracy and win crucial Secretary of State races,” said Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, chair of DASS. “In 2023 and 2024, I am confident that Americans will once again reject extremism and under Travis’ leadership, DASS will be right there with them every step of the way.”
Just this year, Democratic Secretaries in Colorado, New Mexico, Minnesota, Michigan, Nevada, and Oregon have already begun fulfilling campaign promises by advancing pro-democracy legislation in their respective states. These new laws seek to increase access to the ballot box, protect election workers against increased threats and violence, and strengthen election systems ahead of the 2024 election. This cycle, DASS is supporting Democratic candidates in Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi as Republican election deniers seek to win races and push platforms that spread lies and conspiracy theories.
The Democratic Association of Secretaries of State is the only organization dedicated to electing and protecting Democratic Secretaries of States. Supporting DASS helps flip and keep Secretary of State offices into Democratic hands and restore the right to vote. Learn more at: https://demsofstate.org/