The New York State Democratic Committee today announced that Rodney Capel will become its next Executive Director when Charlie King returns to the private sector in September. He has started at the State Party and is working with Mr. King on the transition.
Mr. Capel has been working as the New York City Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for Governor Cuomo since April 2011. Previously, Mr. Capel was Senior Vice President of Mercury LLC and Deputy Chief of Staff for New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. From 1999 to 2001, Capel was the Deputy State Director for Senator Charles Schumer. He was New York State Director for the Kerry/Edwards Presidential campaign in 2004 as well as for the Gore/Lieberman Presidential campaign in 2000.
“The New York State Democratic committee is going to be a leading engine of support to get Barack Obama reelected in the fall," Governor Cuomo said. "New York State has been restored as a progressive leader for the nation and a key part of that will be standing squarely behind the president's reelection campaign. I want to thank Charlie for his dedicated service to the party and look forward to working with Rodney, Keith and Stephanie going in to the fall.”
Syracuse Mayor and State Democratic Committee Co-Chair Stephanie Miner said: “Rodney is an exceptional political strategist with the trust and confidence of countless elected officials and Democratic candidates. He will be invaluable in helping lead this party to success in November.”
Assemblyman and State Democratic Committee Co-Chair Keith Wright said: “Rodney’s experience in New York politics is matched only by his passion and energy for the Democratic Party, making him the perfect choice to be our next Executive Director. I have worked with Rodney for many years and have the utmost confidence in his ability to deliver victories for the New York State Democratic Party this cycle and into the future."
Mr. Capel will succeed Mr. King, who announced earlier this year that he would be leaving after overseeing the Party during Governor Cuomo's successful 2010 campaign. “I have been proud to work alongside Rodney on various projects for over a decade and I know he will be indispensable
in helping to lead this party to victory in the fall,” said King. “He is a tireless worker whose firsthand knowledge of Democratic policies and politics will be essential in supporting President Obama and the party’s candidates throughout the state.”
"Charlie has been a role model and leader for Democrats in New York and is leaving me some big shoes to fill," Mr. Capel said. "We have some incredible challenges ahead of us and I am excited to be a part of the upcoming campaign to make sure the progress we have made in New York continues. Electing Democrats from President Obama down the rest of the ballot is the best way to make sure our success continues unabated."
Mr. Capel serves on numerous civic organizations and boards including the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem where he is Vice Chair, Joppa Lodge #55, PHA Affiliated, and the Mid-Manhattan branch of the NAACP.