- Associated Press - Thursday, October 19, 2017

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has assembled his campaign team for the 2018 election.

The West Virginia Democrat announced Wednesday that longtime friend Larry Puccio will serve as his re-election campaign’s senior adviser. Puccio served as chief of staff when Manchin was governor and is a former chairman of the state Democratic Party.

Among other campaign positions, Pat Devney will serve as Manchin’s campaign manager, Patti Hamilton will oversee in-state fundraising as the campaign’s state finance director, and Grant Herring will be the campaign’s communications coordinator.

Herring was a spokesman for Gov. Jim Justice before the governor announced earlier this year he was switching from Democrat to Republican.

Manchin is seeking a second full six-year Senate term.

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