Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has hired Danny Kedem, an operative who formerly led Anthony Weiner's New York City mayoral bid, to run his Democratic gubernatorial campaign. Yet the more interesting news is the seeming precipitous departure of two key advisers to Taveras, deputy city solicitor Matt Jerzyk and deputy chief of staff Arianne Lynch.
HealthSourceRI, the effort to implement Obamacare in Rhode Island, has hired former state Department of Health spokeswoman Dara Chadwick as its director of communications.
According to a statement, Chadwick "will serve as the primary media contact for HealthSourceRI and will play a key role in public outreach and education efforts around the newly-launched marketplace. She will also have a role in shaping policy for the new entity." HealthSourceRI plans to begin open enrollment on October 1.
Alex Miller, deputy director of community relations for Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, is set to join Congressman David Cicilline's staff in August as director of community relations.
In a statement, Cicilline says, "Alex will be a strong asset for my office and help ensure that our staff continues to provide quality, effective constituent services for hardworking families in Rhode Island's First District."
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Meg Fraser, editor in chief for the Cranston Herald and Johnston Sun newspapers, has gotten the nod as US Representative Jim Langevin's press secretary, succeeding Jonathon Dworkin, who recently left for another job. She starts June 24.
Via news release:
[Fraser] is also Editor of PrimeTime magazine, a senior living publication. She received a BA in Journalism from Northeastern University in 2008.