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Wagner Names Campaign Manager

Anita Kumar

Former Finance Secretary Jody W. Wagner announced today that she has hired Elisabeth Pearson to be her campaign manager in her bid for lieutenant governor next year.

Pearson was the campaign manager for the Democrats' coordinated campaign this year when the party picked up three U.S. House seats and one U.S. Senate seat and Virginia voted for its first Democratic presidential candidate in more than four decades.

"Elisabeth's leadership of the 2008 coordinated campaign was key -- and her joining our campaign gives me tremendous confidence,'' Wagner said in a statement. "With the future of our commonwealth at stake once again in 2009, we couldn't ask for a better campaign manager to keep our momentum."

Pearson was deputy director of the coordinated campaign in 2005 when Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) was elected and was the campaign director for the state Democratic party when Sen. Jim Webb won in 2006 and when Democrats took control of the state Senate in 2007.

Wagner faces Jon Bowerbank, a wealthy businessman from Russell County, for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor. State Democratic Party Chairman C. Richard Cranwell is also considering a run. Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) is seeking re-election.

By Anita Kumar  |  December 1, 2008; 12:49 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Election 2009 , Jody Wagner  
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I don't know. After helping to get us into a $3B hole, Jody might need more than E.P. to compete with Bill Bolling.

Posted by: robyn2 | December 1, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Why would you join the campaign of an architect of the $3 billion deficit in Virginia? Bolling should be shoe-in.

Posted by: FrankinNOVA | December 1, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

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