Changes in One Mayoral Campaign

People who follow Houston politics have been whispering about it about it for weeks: Mayoral candidate Gene Locke really needed to pump some new energy into his campaign staff.

It looks like Locke was listening to that advice, because  on Wednesday he announced that he is shaking   things up.

As a first time candidate for office, Locke is better served by an experienced  team that knows how to run a successful campaign from day to day management and messaging.

Here’s the announcement from the campaign:

Locke Adds Senior Members to Campaign Team


Brings on Veteran Political Professionals

Houston, TX – Houston mayoral candidate Gene Locke today announced the addition of two senior aides to his campaign staff.

Joining the Locke team are Christian Archer, a veteran of numerous winning political campaigns, as Campaign Manager, and Kim Devlin, a seasoned political professional and native of Houston, as Senior Advisor.

Archer has a strong history of creating winning campaign strategies for many Texas campaigns. In addition to helping former Austin Mayor Will Wynn and Houston Mayor Bill White get elected, he was a key force in the landslide win of former San Antonio Mayor Phil Hardberger. Archer’s most recent victory was for Julian Castro, the newly elected mayor of San Antonio, who won his campaign in May without a run-off in a field of nine candidates.

Devlin who will be advising Locke on media and press, has over a decade of experience serving as campaign manager, senior strategist, advisor and communications consultant on numerous winning national, state and local campaigns across the country. Kim is a native Houstonian, who began her career working with many Texas candidates, including former Houston Mayor Lee Brown’s campaign in 1997. She most recently served as a senior strategist for communications and outreach for Media Matters for America, the nation’s premier progressive media watchdog.

“The addition of these two well recognized professionals at this stage of the campaign affords us an important opportunity to take advantage of the momentum our campaign has garnered,” Locke said. “Christian and Kim will bring an increased sense of excitement to the whole team and I am thrilled to have them on board.”



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