By Byron Shehee
Alabama Political Reporter
MONTGOMERY—Former Congressman Artur Davis announced his campaign staff for his bid to become Montgomery’s next mayor in the 2015 bid against incumbent Mayor Todd Strange last Friday.
Davis’ staff is assembled from both a blend of experienced Republican and Democrat campaign operatives and comes with local, state and national experience.
Davis said, “My campaign will be managed by Dejuana Thompson, the African American Vote Director for the Obama 2012 Florida operation and the deputy field director for Senator Cory Booker in 2013.”
In addition to Ms. Thompson, Chris Barrineau will serve as Director of Operations and will coordinate fundraising efforts; Brad Shattuck will serve as a senior advisor to the Davis campaign and will handle direct mail; Cabral Franklin will direct Davis’ “African American radio advertising;” Bob Doyle of Main Street Communications will run direct television advertising; Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research will perform polling research; and John Jamieson from Winning Connections will direct the campaign’s telephone-based voter outreach program.
To round out the staff, Will Steineker is to serve as Special Projects Coordinator and Jennifer Johnston will act as Campaign Administrator. Steineker and Johnston are both residents of Montgomery and very well-known in the community.
Davis also stated that Steineker and Johnson will “spearhead what will be the most effective volunteer grassroots program Montgomery has ever seen.”
Davis indicated that he intends to make this a spirited and energetic contest.
“I am going to take the fight for Mayor of Montgomery to every single neighborhood in this city, and I am honored that a bipartisan team of seasoned professionals will be helping me wage this campaign for Montgomery’s future,” said Davis.
This is truly going to be an exciting campaign and I cannot wait to see how Davis’ vision matches up against Mayor’s Strange’s proven record.
Strange and Davis are currently the only candidates to announce they are running. The election is scheduled for August 25, 2015.