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Emken’s lead strategist is Tim Clark, who managed Steve Poizner’s 2006 race for state insurance commissioner. Managing the campaign is Jeff Corless, who served as deputy campaign manager and political director for Carly Fiorina’s 2010 Senate campaign. Joanne Davis is finance director, Becki Donatelli is senior adviser for digital strategy and fundraising, Jesse Huff is senior adviser and policy director, and Kevin Roy is senior adviser for policy.

Feinstein is sticking with the small team that’s mostly been around since she first won a special election to the Senate in 1992. Bill Carrick, who’s been with Feinstein since her unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign in 1990, is serving as general consultant, chief strategist and media strategist. Her pollster is Geoff Garin, president of Peter D. Hart Research Associates, and Michelle Maravich is her finance director.

Just Seven Months to Go

The Republican National Convention Committee on Arrangements named Jason Osborne director of external affairs for the GOP convention this year.

Osborne is the primary point of contact for everyone who falls outside of the categories of delegate, media and security operations, which includes elected officials, political organizations and other groups.

This isn’t Osborne’s first convention rodeo. He developed and ran special operations within the Sergeant-at-Arms program for the 2004 and 2008 conventions, and he served as a caucus team director in 2008.

Osborne also served as a senior adviser in 2008 to Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) presidential campaign and previously worked for the late Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), the National Rifle Association and the MITA Group.

The GOP convention will be held Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla.

Not Talking Ketchup

New media firm Hynes Communications has hired two new team members: Leonardo Alcivar as senior vice president of public affairs and Andrew Clark as strategic partner and account executive. Amelia Chasse, who has been at the firm since 2010, was promoted to senior account service director.

Clark, a social media specialist and Southern California native, previously worked at communications and strategy firm CRAFT.

Alcivar, who began his career as a deputy press secretary to then-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, is a former manager of public affairs for Burson-Marsteller. He’s worked on national and statewide campaigns for the past decade.

His experience includes serving as communications director for Bill Brady’s (R) Illinois gubernatorial campaign in 2010, Republican National Committee press secretary for the 2004 Republican National Convention and as an RNC field director in Florida in 2004.

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