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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s former communications director and deputy campaign manager is joining an Annapolis-based advertising and strategy firm that helped push the Republican governor to re-election.

After serving in communications roles for both Hogan and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Doug Mayer has been named partner at Strategic Partners & Media, which made Hogan’s campaign ads during both of his successful runs for governor.

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Mayer will focus on business development, including expanding the strategic communication services offered by the firm, according to a news release from the company.

“I have known and worked with Doug for more than a decade and can attest to both his incredible work ethic, as well as his communications and media expertise,” founding partner Russ Schriefer said in a statement.

Schriefer is a veteran of multiple Republican presidential campaigns.

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