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One week out from the definitive special primary in Massachusetts’ 5th District, top Democratic operatives from around the country are consulting for candidates in the crowded field.
There are no fewer than five serious contenders for this open seat, and any of them could win. The winner of the Democratic primary will likely be the next member from this deep blue suburban Boston district.
Here is a rundown of each candidate’s team, in alphabetical order:
State Sen. William Brownsberger:
Campaign manager: Andrew Bettinelli
Polling: Benenson Strategy Group
Communications: Liberty Square Group
State Sen. Katherine Clark:
Campaign manager: Brooke Scannell
Mail: Mission Control
Polling: GBA Strategies
Digital: Dover Strategy Group
Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian:
Campaign manager: Chris Joyce
Press secretary: Jake Strassberger
Strategists: Northwind Strategies
State Rep. Carl Sciortino:
Campaign manager: Matt Larson
TV: Putnam Partners (Shop Talk recently profiled an ad Putnam created on the race.)
Mail: Gumbinner & Davies
Polling: Myers Research
State Senate Majority Whip Karen Spilka:
Campaign manager: Eric Hyers
Pollster: Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research
Mail: Terris, Barnes & Walters
Media: New Voice Strategies
This is a race to replace Edward J. Markey, who ascended to the Senate earlier this year after serving decades in the House.
The special primary is scheduled for Oct. 15, and the special election is Dec. 10. Massachusetts’ 5th District is rated a Safe Democratic contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.Wash. Democratic Chairman to Depart
Washington State Democratic Chairman Dwight Pelz announced last week that he will resign as the party leader effective Feb. 1.
“It has been my honor to serve the Democratic Party for the past eight years.” Pelz said in a statement. “I want to thank the Washington State Democratic Party for this, the greatest honor in my 40 year political career.”
The committee will meet next on Feb. 1, when party activists will elect a successor, according to The Seattle Times.
The Washington State Republican Party also faced some turnover recently. Evergreen State Republicans elected former TV news anchor Susan Hutchison to replace Kirby Wilbur as chairman in August.Hill Aide to Run Nebraska Senate Race
Tyler Grassmeyer, outgoing chief of staff to Rep. Tom Rice, R-S.C., will head to Nebraska to run Midland University President Ben Sasse’s bid for Senate.
“I’m thrilled to be joining one of my personal and professional mentors as he seeks to become the next U.S. Senator from my home state of Nebraska,” Grassmeyer wrote in an email to colleagues.