Leach names Congressional campaign team

The "Leach for U.S. Congress" campaign is barreling ahead, even as the seat he wants is still occupied.

Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) today unveiled the campaign team for bid for Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District in 2014. The seat is currently held by U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz who is expected to run for governor next year, but has not yet made it official.

The Leach team includes several veterans of the Pa. Senate Democratic Campaign Committee’s 2012 cycle which saw  Democrats pick up three new seats in the GOP-controlled chamber.

Leach named Aren Platt. executive Director of the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Campaign Committee. as senior advisor. Platt managed election efforts and oversaw each of the targeted Senate races. Prior to that, he worked on campaigns in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania at the local, state, and federal levels including Ed Rendell’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign and Chris Carney’s 2008 congressional campaign.

Other top team members include:

Fundraising Consultant: Vanessa Gervasi DeRose

Gervasi DeRose is a veteran fundraiser with more than 10 years of experience raising political funds across Pennsylvania. In 2010, DeRose served as the finance director for the Pennsylvania House Democratic Campaign Committee, where she led the Committee's efforts raising a record $8 million. In the past, DeRose raised funds for candidates at all levels of Democratic politics including Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz and State Rep. Mike Gerber. DeRose came to Pennsylvania in 2001 to work on Ed Rendell's 2002 gubernatorial campaign where she served as Deputy Finance Director helping raise more than $44 million.

Mail: Dan Fee, The Echo Group

The Echo Group is one of Pennsylvania’s premier strategic communications firms, specializing in political campaigns and public policy related issues. Led by Fee, The Echo Group has worked with candidates for federal, state, and local public office. Among its successes are Ed Rendell’s 2002 and 2006 gubernatorial campaigns, Seamus McCaffery’s 2007 Supreme Court election, Seth Williams’ 2009 primary victory as Philadelphia’s District Attorney, and the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Campaign Committee’s pick-up of three seats in 2012.

Media Consultants: Tad Devine and Julian Mulvey, Devine Mulvey Longabaugh

Together, the partners of their firm have produced advertising campaigns for 25 winning U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races, 22 winning U.S. House races, and 10 winning campaigns for president and prime minister around the world. In 2012 they helped the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Campaign Committee pick-up three seats in the state Senate, the largest pick-up for PA Democrats in 42 years. Devine and Mulvey’s experience in the state goes back a decade and a half, and includes Lynne Abraham’s victory for Philadelphia District Attorney, Bob Casey for Auditor General, and Chris Carney’s congressional victory in 2006.

Polling: Marc Silverman, Thirty-Ninth Street Strategies

Silverman polled for Congressman Matt Cartwright in 2012, who won one of the most closely watched and hotly contested congressional primaries and for the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Campaign Committee. Earlier Silverman managed several gubernatorial and congressional campaigns and he worked for the National Economic Council in the White House during the Clinton Administration,

Campaign Council: Adam Bonin

Bonin is one of the region's most sought-after and respected attorneys in the political law field, with deep experience in federal, state, and local campaign finance law as well as voter protection matters. Bonin served as deputy county counsel for Obama for America in Philadelphia in the 2012 election, and was lead Election Day counsel for all courtroom matters.

Deputy Finance Director: Meghan Lane

Lane has most recently worked on Kathy Boockvar’s congressional campaign. Boockvar was the EMILY’s list endorsed candidate and raised $1.5 million.




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