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PRESS RELEASE: Former local Democratic Party chair joins DeMaio for Mayor team


Art Castañares, long time Democrat political consultant and former Chairman of the San Diego County Democratic Party, has joined the Carl DeMaio for Mayor campaign. Castañares will provide strategic advice on communications and coalition outreach.

"I believe Carl DeMaio is the right person to be San Diego's next Mayor," said Castañares. "While there are things Carl and I see differently, Carl has the right leadership abilities and vision for the future of San Diego. Every San Diegan wants a City government that provides the important services we deserve and a thriving local economy. I look forward to helping Carl deliver that message to communities throughout San Diego who may not have heard his message before."

"My Administration will reflect all San Diegans - regardless of party affiliation, community or socio-economic background," said DeMaio. "That's why I'm thrilled to be working with Art on this campaign. He is a talented and dedicated civic leader who cares deeply about the future of our city and his support and advice will be invaluable to our team."

A native San Diegan, Castañares has worked on dozens of city council, mayoral, state legislative, gubernatorial, and federal campaigns since 1990, including campaigns for Bill Clinton, Gray Davis, and Al Gore, has been a delegate to state Democratic Party conventions, and was a delegate to the 2000 Democratic National Convention. Castañares also served as staff to the California State Legislature for more than 12 years both in San Diego and the Capitol Building in Sacramento, and was honored for his work as one of San Diego Magazine's "40 under 40", a recognition of young community and business leaders.

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