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Priebus.jpgThe Republican National Committee announced Wednesday that Clinton Soffer will become its first California state director.

He joins new state directors in 11 other states -- Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin -- as part of a new RNC investment a year ahead of the 2014 elections..

California GOP Chairman Jim Brulte said the state party anticipates Soffer will work as a state field representative in their ground campaign to engage more voters.

"We're rebuilding the California Republican party from the ground up," Brulte said in an interview. "In order to do that, we want a very close relationship with our county parties but also with our national party."

In a statement, RNC chairman Reince Priebus said hiring state directors will allow the party to build "the most expansive field program the GOP has ever seen...Republicans have never made this kind of investment in an off year. The RNC will be in communities engaging with and listening to voters where they live, work, and worship-not months, but years before Election Day."

Soffer, 23, most recently worked on San Diego City Council member Scott Sherman's staff after managing his campaign in the primary election.

Soffer also ran former San Diego Assemblyman and Republican leader George Plescia's ultimately unsuccessful campaign to unseat Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego in 2012.

He graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a bachelor's degree in political science. While in college, Soffer was the state chairman of the California College Republicans.

PHOTO: Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus gestures while speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, Monday, March 18, 2013. Associated Press/Manuel Balce Ceneta



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