As we mentioned earlier the Pittsburgh mayor's race -- which is to say, the race for the Democratic nomination come May 21 -- is going strong now with lots of news percolating about. The latest comes in the campaign staffs from various candidates.
Yesterday Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's team announced his reelection campaign will be helmed by Aletheia Henry, a longtime Obama campaign staffer who led the president's operations in Pennsylvania this year.
Today city controller Michael Lamb announced his team has an Obama vet too, as well as a fundraiser for the biggest overall votegetter statewide this year, AG-elect Kathleen Kane. From Team Lamb:
Anne Batchelder will serve as Mr. Lamb's Campaign Manager. Ms. Batchelder has considerable experience in political and advocacy campaigns. She most recently served as the Deputy Field Director for Western Pennsylvania for President Obama's re-election campaign. In 2008, Ms. Batchelder served as a Regional Field Director in Western Pennsylvania for Barack Obama's campaign, and served as a Special Assistant on President Obama's transition team. Ms. Batchelder has also worked at the Democratic National Committee, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Clinton Foundation.
Sadie Sterner-Restivo will serve as the campaign's Finance Director. Mrs. Sterner-Restivo most recently served as Campaign Manager for Kathleen Kane during the primary in her successful run for Pennsylvania Attorney General. Prior to that, she served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Pennsylvania State Treasurer Rob McCord. Mrs. Sterner-Restivo has also worked with the United Steelworkers Union and served on the staff of United States Senator Bob Casey, Jr.
Lamb will be making a formal announcement of his candidacy for Pittsburgh mayor in the coming weeks.
From a release from the Ravenstahl forces:
Henry worked in nine different states for President Obama starting with the Iowa caucuses. For the last 18 months, Henry has had the position of General Election Director of Pennsylvania. In this role she hired and managed the senior team which led to the most efficient Obama for America field team in the country as well as the fastest growing digital following. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Henry received her undergraduate degree and master's degree from The Ohio State University.
"Mayor Ravenstahl is the clear choice for Pittsburgh in 2013," Henry said. "He has led the city's resurgence and he has the bold ideas to continue Pittsburgh's Renaissance. I'm thrilled to be joining his campaign and can't wait to get to work on building a strong team to support his vision."