Friday January 31, 2014 | 01:26 PM

WASHINGTON – Democrat Shenna Bellows announced the composition of her campaign team Friday as she challenges Republican Sen. Susan Collins this November.

The former executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, Bellows launched her campaign in October and has since raised more than $330,000. If she collects enough petition signatures to qualify for the ballot, Bellows will face off against an incumbent who has built a reputation as a moderate Republican and had more than $3 million in campaign cash on hand at year’s end.

The Bellows campaign released the following list of staffers, several of whom have been working with the Democrat since around the time of her announcement in October:

Campaign manager: Katie Mae Simpson. Simpson served most recently as the executive director of Emerge Maine, an organization that recruits and trains women to run for political office as Democrats. She has also worked as a community or grassroots organizer for Howard Dean’s presidential campaign in 2004 and for Planned Parenthood.

Communications director: Jeff Beam of Portland. Beam formerly handled communications for the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. He is an Androscoggin County native.

Field director: Debbie Atwood of Brunswick. Atwood was the membership and chapter relations manager at Maine Audubon until last year. She is a former Brunswick town councilor and served as the campaign manager of Dexter Kamilewicz’s unsuccessful campaign for Maine’s 1st Congressional District seat in 2006

Financial director: Chad Hunter of Augusta. Hunter has served as finance director on at least five previous congressional campaigns in other states, most recently on the successful campaign of U.S. Rep. William Enyart, D-Ill.

Maine finance director: Sarah Skillin Woodard of Freeport. Woodard was the outreach director and consultant for Envision Maine, a nonprofit focused on improving the state’s economy. She has previously served as executive director of OneMaine – a politically active nonprofit created by independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler – and handled fundraising for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. Disclosure: Sarah Woodard is married to Colin Woodard, an author and journalist at the Portland Press Herald who will not be involved in coverage of the U.S. Senate race.

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