Ed Peavy and Maren Hesla of Connecticut-based Mission Control will run Holcombe's direct mail program.
And Kelley Jacobsen of GPS Impact, which has offices in multiple states, will serve as a digital consultant.
The only Vermonter on the team, South Burlington High School social studies teacher and state Board of Education chair Krista Huling, will act as campaign treasurer. That role is typically an unpaid gig.
Holcombe also appears to have some support from EMILY's List, the D.C.-based organization that supports pro-choice, Democratic women — though the group has not formally endorsed her. "She has been in regular contact with EMILY's List as she considered her campaign for governor, and she appreciates their insight," Lenzmeier said.
Asked why her campaign was largely populated by those unfamiliar with the state, Lenzmeier said, "As she begins to hire her campaign staff, it will obviously include primarily Vermonters. But it’s not uncommon for candidates for governor to also turn to advisors who specialize in governors' races, just like prior governors and candidates have done. Just about every governor in the country has done that, including Gov. [Phil] Scott."
While it’s true that some statewide campaigns in Vermont have been run by D.C. political consultants — such as Sue Minter’s, Brian Dubie’s and Deb Markowitz’s gubernatorial bids — those operatives have often been blamed for failing to grasp the nuances of Vermont politics. Successful campaigns, including Scott’s, have typically been run by those with experience in the state.