State parties bolster staff

NCGOP Chairman Michael Whatley addresses the NCGOP virtual convention. Photo via Michael Whatley

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s Democratic and Republican parties have each added members to their communications teams as the General Assembly begins its long session and upcoming midterm elections will put the state in the national spotlight again.

The NC Democratic Party hired Kate Frauenfelder as communications director. She most recently worked on Cal Cunningham’s U.S. Senate campaign as deputy press secretary and is a UNC Chapel Hill alum.

“We’re delighted to welcome Kate Frauenfelder to the team at the start of the legislative session,” said NCDP executive director Meredith Cuomo. “She will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table as we work to hold Republicans accountable, make in-roads in the state legislature, and strengthen the Democratic majority in the midterm elections.”

NC Republican Party Chairman Michael Whatley announced the party has hired Livy Polen as press secretary and promoted Tim Wigginton to communications director.

“We are excited to expand our team at the NCGOP to help keep North Carolina red,” said NCGOP Chairman Michael Whatley. “North Carolina Republicans racked up substantial victories in 2020 and with our new staff additions and promotions we intend to rack up even more wins for conservatives in 2022.”

Polen, a Gaston County native, is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and worked in the White House Office of Political Affairs under the Trump Administration.

The party also announced two additional promotions, with Sarah Newby taking over as political director and Phil Thomas as chief counsel and legislative strategy director.