- Associated Press - Monday, February 22, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A long-time senior adviser to Republican presidential contender John Kasich (KAY’-sik) is leaving his post at the governor’s office to oversee planning and preparations for this summer’s GOP National Convention in Cleveland.

The job change for Jai Chabria (jay cheh-BREE’-uh) was announced Monday by the Ohio governor’s office and the state Republican Party. His last day with the state is Friday.

Chabria has been a fixture at Kasich’s side since the Republican governor took office in 2011. He also shared a Columbus office with Kasich when the future governor worked at Lehman Brothers investment bank for a decade after leaving Congress.

His convention job will begin in the coming weeks. Republicans pick their presidential nominee during the July 18-21 event. Whether Kasich is a final contender remains to be seen.

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