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Ayanna Pressley staffs up in race against Michael Capuano

Alex Goldstein was part of Governor Deval Patrick’s reelection campaign in 2010 and later worked in the State House.
Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe/File 2011
Alex Goldstein was part of Governor Deval Patrick’s reelection campaign in 2010 and later worked in the State House.

A former top aide to Deval Patrick has signed on with the campaign of Ayanna Pressley, the Boston city councilor aiming to unseat an incumbent congressman.

Alex Goldstein, who was the campaign press secretary for Patrick during his 2010 gubernatorial campaign and subsequently served in the then-governor’s communications shop, will advise Pressley on strategic communications in her Democratic primary race against Representative Michael E. Capuano.

“I am inspired by Ayanna’s record as a relentlessly passionate advocate and public servant who has devoted her entire career to being a voice for the voiceless,” said Goldstein, who is founder and chief executive of the firm 90 West. “We are privileged to have the opportunity to work with her and her team.”

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The hire of the outside consultant marks a ramping up of Pressley’s campaign against a longtime incumbent which could develop into a close and hard-fought race. Capuano, a progressive whose votes have been in line with his mostly liberal district, is serving his tenth term in Congress. Pressley is serving her fifth term on the council.

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The congressional district encompasses Somerville, Chelsea, Everett, Randolph, half of Cambridge, one-third of Milton, and the majority of Boston.

The primary is Tuesday, Sept. 4 — the day after Labor Day.

Joshua Miller can be reached at joshua.miller@globe.com.