Chris Van Hollen, fresh off his strong primary win over Donna Edwards last month, has hired Pat Murray, currently the executive director of the Maryland Democratic Party, to manage his general election campaign.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the Democratic nominee for Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski’s open Senate seat, has hired the director of the state’s Democratic Party to lead his campaign.
Pat Murray, a state house veteran who was named the party’s executive director last year, will succeed Sheila O’Connell. O’Connell successfully steered the Van Hollen campaign through a feisty primary against Rep. Donna Edwards that captured national attention.
Murray, 36, previously worked as a director of state affairs for Johns Hopkins University & Medicine, and as a deputy chief of staff to Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. The Omaha native, who also previously served as executive director of the Kansas Democratic Party, was raised in Harford County.
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Democratic Party Chairman Bruce Poole said that Chuck Conner, currently the party’s community outreach director, will succeed Murray.
Conner previously worked at Thread, a Baltimore non-profit that helps underperforming high school students. He also worked for Del. Luke H. Clippinger of Baltimore.