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Consalvo taps former Gore, Kerry strategist

Boston City Councilor Rob Consalvo officially announced his campaign for mayor on May 16.

Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

Boston City Councilor Rob Consalvo officially announced his campaign for mayor on May 16.

City Councilor Rob Consalvo announced Wednesday that several political advisers had joined his campaign for mayor, including Democratic strategist Tad Devine, who worked on presidential campaigns of Al Gore and John F. Kerry.

Devine and another political operative, Mark Longabaugh, will serve as senior advisers to Consalvo, according to a release issued by his campaign. Devine and Longabaugh run a Democratic media consulting firm based in Washington. Devine worked on the successful congressional campaign last year of Joseph P. Kennedy III.

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Consalvo also announced his field director will be Jeff Knochin, who recently worked on US Representative Stephen F. Lynch’s failed bid for US Senate.

The campaign also announced that L.A. Harris, a Kentucky-based fund-raising consultant, will serve as Consalvo’s finance director.

“We have a strong campaign, building momentum and support in each neighborhood in the City of Boston,” Consalvo said in the release.

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The full press release from the Consalvo campaign follows below:

“City Councilor and mayoral candidate Rob Consalvo today announced several top political advisers are joining his campaign for mayor, including experts in field organization, media, and fund-raising. The advisers joining Consalvo for Boston this week: Tad Devine and Mark Longabaugh, senior advisers, Devine Mulvey Longabaugh; Jeff Knochin, field director; and LA Harris, finance director, LA Harris & Associates.

“ ‘We have a strong campaign, building momentum and support in each neighborhood in the City of Boston,’ City Councilor Rob Consalvo said. ‘I’m pleased that Tad Devine, Mark Longabaugh, LA Harris, and Jeff Knochin are joining one of the most experienced and talented mayoral campaigns ever assembled in the city of Boston. I look forward to working with them to continue to tell our story and reach every voter in the city, and to win this election so that we can work together to make Boston even better in the future.’

“About Devine Mulvey Longabaugh:

“Devine Mulvey Longabaugh is a Democratic media consulting firm with extensive experience helping clients win campaigns in the United States and around the world. Together, the partners have produced advertising campaigns for 25 winning US Senate and gubernatorial races, 22 winning US House races, 10 winning campaigns for president and prime minister around the world, and 57 winning state senate and representative races across America. The industry has recognized the firm’s work with over 40 Pollie Awards from the American Association of Political Consultants and six Reed Awards from Campaigns & Elections magazine.

“About Jeff Knochin:

“Jeff Knochin is a highly talented and superior campaign organizer who has helped a number of high-profile Massachusetts candidates, including Congressman Stephen Lynch in his bid for US Senate, US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, and State Auditor Suzanne Bump. He specializes in modern grass-roots field operations, and is quickly becoming known for his style of running aggressive voter contact initiatives. Jeff graduated from Boston College in 2010, where he was also an intern for Senator Kerry.

“About LA Harris & Associates:

“LA Harris & Associates has its roots in the political activity of its founder: LA Harris, fund-raising consultant and general consultant with 25 years of experience. LA Harris has set himself apart from most political consultants in the nation through his experience in working every aspect of a campaign operation during career. A seasoned professional of hundreds of political campaigns, LA Harris was on his first campaign payroll while still in college at the University of Kentucky where he earned his B.A. in political science. LA is an innovative fund-raiser and has successfully executed on political fund-raising strategies at every level of government, from Congress to local races.”

Andrew Ryan can be reached at acryan@globe.com Follow him on Twitter @globeandrewryan.
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