Union-Backed PAC Forms for Jealous

Sheila O’Connell and Marvin Randolph will lead Maryland Together We Rise.

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Zach C. Cohen
Feb. 6, 2018, 11:08 a.m.

Maryland Together We Rise, a super PAC supporting former NAACP President Ben Jealous (D) “has registered with the State Board of Elections,” making it the “first independent expenditure campaign of the Maryland gubernatorial election.”

“The IE is largely being spearheaded by Service Employees International Union Local 1199, the health care workers’ union that endorsed Jealous several weeks ago. It will be under the direction of Sheila O’Connell and Marvin Randolph, seasoned political operatives with Maryland and national experience. … O’Connell served as campaign manager for” Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D), “was a senior adviser to the Marylanders for Marriage Equality Campaign, and was Maryland state director for President Obama’s campaign in 2008. She has had a variety of national political gigs, including a four-year stint as political director for Emily’s List, the fundraising organization for pro-choice Democratic women. Randolph has also held several political jobs, including senior vice president for campaigns at the NAACP during Jealous’ tenure.” (Maryland Matters)


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