California Insurance Commissioner and Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi has announced his 2006 campaign team, which includes participants in the campaign to defeat Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ballot initiatives.
In November, all of Schwarzenegger’s key proposals were defeated. “On November 8th, the people of California sent a message to Sacra-mento that they expect results and solutions, not special interest business-as-usual,” Garamendi said.
Larry Grisolano of The Strategy Group, will join Gara-mendi’s team as senior strategy consultant. David Dixon and Rich Davis of Dixon/Davis Media Group will head Garamendi’s media team. Steve Smith and Jason Kruger of Dewey Square Group will spearhead the campaign’s coalition-building communications and will direct outreach to organized labor. Heidi von Szeliski and David Mermin of Lake, Snell, Perry, Mermin Decision Research will conduct the campaign’s public opinion polling. And Gerry Kavanaugh and Josh Fryday of DCS Politics will handle Internet communications. Zain Khan of Constituents Direct will provide e-mail communication services.
Julie Sandino will serve as Northern California finance director, with Rebecca Suter assuming finance director duties for Southern California. And Christine Lally will oversee and coordinate all campaign activities from the Garamendi campaign’s new headquarters in Old Sacramento.
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