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Although General Treasurer Gina Raimondo hasn't yet declared her expected Democratic campaign for governor, she continues to outpace Providence Mayor Angel Taveras in campaign fundraising.

During the third quarter that ended with the close of September, Raimondo raised about $412,000 (bringing her cash on hand to more than $2.3 million), while Taveras brought in $154,000 (bringing his war chest to $759,150.)

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.

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Ray Sullivan, who led Rhode Island United's successful campaign this year to legalize same-sex marriage, is joining Checkmate Consulting Group, Brad Dufault's advertising, marketing and PR shop, as a partner.

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.

Moderate Party gubernatorial candidate Ken Block has hired political operative Jeff Britt to manage his campaign.

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."

Governor Lincoln Chafee has nominated Congressman David Cicilline's district director, Chris Fierro -- an early supporter of Chafee in 2010 -- to chair the Rhode Island Board of Review.

Fierro, a former state rep from Woonsocket with strong ties to labor, faces Senate confirmation. The governor's office says the job will pay between $77,810 and $88,177.

Per news release:

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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.

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Devin Driscoll, communications head for Rhode Islanders United for Marriage -- which led the grassroots campaign to legalize same-sex marriage -- is heading to a new job, as the Chicago-based Northeast regional director for Organizing for Action, the Democratic effort formerly known as Obama for America.

Eric Hyers, who ran Congressman David Cicilline's winning campaigns for Congress in 2010 and 2012, is now leading the defense for a New Jersey legislative leader facing a sharp primary challenge.

Courtesy Paul Tencher

West Warwick native Paul Tencher is set to become the campaign director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. The move comes after Tencher managed Democrat Joe Donnelly's winning Senate campaign in Indiana over Republican Richard Mourdock last year.

Tencher is expected to focus on aiding Democratic Senate candidates in states won last year by Mitt Romney.

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RI Treasurer Gina Raimondo
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State Treasurer Gina Raimondo is hiring Andrew Roos, an experienced campaign operative who helmed Myrth York's 2002 gubernatorial general election campaign, as her chief of staff, RIPR has learned. The move is the latest signal that Raimondo is very likely to run for governor in 2014.

Raimondo's chief of staff since 2011, Joe Pratt, will reportedly get a different job within her office.

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