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Michelle Lujan Grisham, running for New Mexico’s open 1st district seat, announced on Tuesday the campaign team she has put together to help her win a competitive Democratic primary and general election.

The announcement came just a few days after a state judge approved a redistricting plan that ensures the Albuquerque-based district will remain competitive territory for the next decade. Lujan Grisham is facing a tough primary against former Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez and state Sen. Eric Griego.

Leading Lujan Grisham’s team is campaign manager Jason Henry, a consultant at Pennsylvania-based West Media Group. Henry served as western Pennsylvania coordinator during then-Rep. Joe Sestak’s (D) 2010 Senate primary campaign.

Consultants joining Henry include Dave Gold, a veteran New Mexico direct-mail consultant; pollster Anna Greenberg, of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research; the New Media Firm, for media; New Partners, managing the campaign website and new media; and Andy Szekeres of 3PG Consulting for fundraising.

“We have assembled a strong and experienced team,” Lujan Grisham said in a statement. “The expertise they bring in terms of strategy, message, creativity and credibility — combined with the experience and campaign skills of our local team — are going to give us a huge boost to win this election.”

Brunner Adds Four

Missouri Republican John Brunner’s Senate campaign announced four additions to his senior staff on Wednesday, as he looks to win the GOP primary and take on Sen. Claire McCaskill (D).

Miriam Stonebraker joins the campaign as political director after serving in the same position at John Hancock & Associates, a Missouri-based political consulting firm. Stonebraker is a veteran of the Missouri Republican Party and served in senior staff positions on numerous statewide campaigns and ballot initiatives.

Todd Abrajano, who has served in communications positions for campaigns and in the state Legislature, was named communications director. Finance director Katie McBreen began her fundraising career at the National Republican Senatorial Committee in 2006, followed by a stint on Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign, Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran’s 2010 race and Tim Pawlenty’s presidential bid last year.

Miles Ross, who was named Western Missouri campaign director, helped lead now-Sen. Roy Blunt’s House campaigns for most of the last decade. He has advised more than 100 races across the state.

The four additions join a team that already includes campaign manager Jon Seaton and longtime Missouri political advisers John Hancock and Rich Chrismer.

“You’d be hard-pressed to build a better, more talented, or more experienced team of first-rate professionals,” Seaton said in a statement.

Florida GOP’s New Moves

The Florida Republican Party announced two changes to its communications staff.

Kristen McDonald, who was serving as a communications assistant, is taking over as press secretary. Dan Dawson joins the party as new media director after serving in the same position on Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater’s 2010 campaign. He also ran the war room for Jon Huntsman’s former presidential campaign headquarters in Orlando.

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