Thursday, October 13, 2016 —Today Jim Barksdale for Senate announced Symone D. Sanders would join the surging campaign’s team as a Senior Communications Strategist for the final sprint to Election Day on November 8th. With conventional wisdom about the race quickly shifting and Democratic challenger Jim Barksdale picking up steam, the addition of Sanders will bring even more national experience and expertise to the revamped senior team announced earlier this week.
“We’re thrilled to have Symone joining us. With national attention and resources turning towards Georgia as Donald Trump’s campaign implodes, we have a clear path to victory on Election Day,” said Rene Spellman, Campaign Manager of Jim Barksdale for Senate. “Symone is a preternaturally gifted communicator and served as the youngest ever national press secretary of a major Presidential campaign. She’s going to help us take Jim’s message of standing up for voters against Washington insiders like Senator Isakson to every corner of Georgia and win on November 8th.”
A champion for women, Sanders is a Democratic strategist and CNN Political Commentator who rose to prominence during her tenure as the national press secretary for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. At 25, Symone demonstrated an uncanny command of the issues earning her a place in history as the youngest presidential press secretary on record.
A communicator with a passion for policy and juvenile justice reform, Symone is the immediate past chair of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice’s Emerging Leaders Committee and former member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice. Through her involvement with CJJ and the FACJJ, Symone worked to raise the profile of young voices in the fight for juvenile justice reform and bring millennial perspectives to policy conversations.
Symone has been featured on NPR, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, Fox News, ABC and has been profiled in the Washington Post, Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise, Cosmopolitan and ELLE. Most recently, she was honored by Fusion as one of 30 women under 30 who will influence the 2016 elections and named one of 16 young Americans shaping the 2016 election by Rolling Stone.