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Van Hollen hires campaign manager

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Chris Van Hollen has hired a veteran operative with experience in Maryland to manage his bid for Senate, his campaign said Thursday.

Van Hollen, a Montgomery County Democrat, has hired Sheila O'Connell to run his campaign. O'Connell worked as the Maryland state director for President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign and as strategic adviser to the 2012 marriage equality effort.

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O'Connell lives in Kensington -- as does Van Hollen -- meaning she will have the unusual opportunity to manage the campaign of her own representative in Congress.

Nationally, O'Connell spent two election cycles as political director at EMILY's List, the group that works to elect Democratic women who support abortion rights. The group is one of several national progressive groups that has endorsed Van Hollen's only opponent so far, Rep. Donna F. Edwards of Prince George's County.

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The Van Hollen campaign also announced that it has hired Lucinda Ware as outreach director. Originally from Howard County, Ware has worked for Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake, former Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and others.

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