AUGUSTA, Maine — The campaign to re-elect Gov. Paul LePage ended months of questions about the Republican’s lack of staff Tuesday with the announcement of several new hires, including familiar faces from LePage’s 2010 campaign and the Legislature.
Brent Littlefield, LePage’s strategic consultant, has been the public face of the campaign and the contact point for the media, but as of Tuesday, that is no longer the case.
“Now that we are through the primary election, the governor’s re-election campaign begins in earnest,” said Littlefield in a written statement. “Although the governor’s first and foremost priority is continuing to serve the state as governor, this great campaign team and the governor’s thousands of volunteers will ensure we are ready for November.”
Scott Van Orman, who has served as LePage’s deputy director of boards and commissions in recent years, will serve as campaign manager, according to Littlefield. Van Orman, a chemist who worked for more than 30 years at SD Warren/Sappi Fine Paper North America until his retirement in 2006, was the campaign’s volunteer and political director in the 2010 race. He lives in Sidney.
Rep. Alexander Willette, R-Mapleton, who since 2012 has been assistant House minority leader, takes over as communications and coalitions director and will be the chief spokesman for the campaign. Willette, a two-term legislator and recent graduate of the University of Maine School of Law, announced last month that he would not seek another term in the Legislature so he could focus on his legal career. He also is one of Maine’s two members of the Republican National Committee and, at age 25, he is half of the youngest duo to serve in that role, along with Maine RNC committeewoman Ashley Ryan.
Former four-term state Rep. David Madore of Augusta becomes LePage’s deputy director of finance. Madore, with past service as assistant Maine Senate secretary, has been involved in several boards and committees, including as a member of the Friends of Lithgow Library in Augusta and chairman of the board for Catholic Charities Maine.
The new campaign employees join finance director Michael Hersey, who has worked in LePage’s office as director of boards and commissions after previous stints in public relations and as an account executive for WABI-TV; political director Kevin Campbell, who has been involved in political campaign field operations in Virginia; director of scheduling, advance and special projects Lauren LePage, the governor’s daughter, who worked on the 2010 campaign and on her father’s staff during his first term; and Littlefield.
The LePage campaign is based at 198 Western Ave., Suite 2, in Augusta, where the telephone number is 509-1566.
Correction: A previous version of this story erroneously stated that Rep. Alexander Willette was from Mapletown. The correct community is Mapleton.