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Sen. Joe Manchin Assembles Campaign Team for 2018 Election


U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has assembled his campaign team for the 2018 election.

The West Virginia Democrat announced Wednesday that longtime friend Larry Puccio will serve as his re-election campaign’s senior adviser. Puccio served as chief of staff when Manchin was governor and is a former chairman of the state Democratic Party.

Among other campaign positions, Pat Devney will serve as Manchin’s campaign manager, Patti Hamilton will oversee in-state fundraising as the campaign’s state finance director, and Grant Herring will be the campaign’s communications coordinator.

Herring was a spokesman for Gov. Jim Justice before the governor announced earlier this year he was switching from Democrat to Republican.

Manchin is seeking a second full six-year Senate term.