Gov. Pat McCrory on Thursday announced the campaign team for his re-election bid, and many of its members have worked with him before, including roles in his winning 2012 campaign.
With one or two exceptions, the names were not surprises, as they’ve either been setting up the governor’s campaign or were expected to be part of the team. The lineup is weighted toward seasoned campaigners with national experience.
Continuing as McCrory’s strategist is Chris LaCivita, a well-known national Republican campaign figure. He was Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts’ chief strategist in Roberts’ re-election bid in 2014.
Fred Davis will be the media consultant who developed media strategy for McCrory four years ago. He has worked with several governors, senators and presidential candidates.
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Russell Peck will be the campaign manager. Peck also worked on McCrory’s 2012 campaign. He has been running a public affairs firm in Raleigh and was executive director of the N.C. GOP during the Republican victories in 2010 that gave the party control of the legislature. He has also worked with national politicians, including George W. Bush, Gov. Chris Christie and Gov. Jeb Bush.
Billy Constangy, who has been staffing the campaign as chief fundraiser since 2014, was named deputy campaign manager for finance. He was Congresswoman Sue Myrick’s consultant and manager.
Ricky Diaz will be deputy campaign manager for communications. Diaz is familiar to the state’s political reporters, having held communications jobs in the McCrory administration. He has been senior communications adviser to the state Republican Party. He was vice president at a Washington, D.C., political and public affairs firm. He was in Christie’s administration, as well.
Ryan Terrill is political director with a background in data and field work, according to the campaign. He was also a part of Roberts’ victory in Kansas, and has worked with national politicians.