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Leffingwell taps mayoral team heavy on political savvy

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 by Austin Monitor

Mayor-elect Lee Leffingwell confirmed Tuesday what had been the talk of political backrooms and watering holes for the past couple of weeks—political consultant Mark Nathan will indeed return to City Hall, this time as chief of staff for Leffingwell.


Nathan, who has helped five of the current Council Members win election, is expected to have influence beyond the Mayor’s office. He managed Randi Shade’s campaign to unseat Jennifer Kim in 2008 and has provided advice and expertise to Mike Martinez for two campaigns. He also advised Sheryl Cole in her first campaign but not in her successful re-election last month. They can no longer be considered allies.


Joining Nathan will be one of Leffingwell’s current executive assistants, Nancy Williams, Matt Curtis and Amy Everhart.


“I feel very fortunate to have such a seasoned team of public servants and community activists join the Mayor’s Office,” said Leffingwell. “We are all looking forward to getting to work on the challenges and opportunities facing Austin over the next three years.”


Williams is a former Executive Director of the Texas Democratic Party and aide to Lloyd Doggett as both Texas Senator and Congressman.


Curtis, a former aide to Mayor Will Wynn and Council Member Brewster McCracken, will be leaving his position as Assistant Director of Business and Community Development at Capital Metro to serve at City Hall.


Everhart, former aide to Jennifer Kim and campaign manager for Kim and Mike Martinez, will serve Leffingwell as Policy Aide.  Everhart will be leaving her position as Senior Regional Representative for the Sierra Club to join the Mayor’s Office. She’ll be down the hall from her husband, Ian Davis, who will serve as one of Bill Spelman’s aides.


Those who have come to know the smiling face of Janet Jackson at Leffingwell’s front desk will also be glad to know that she will continue her service as Executive Secretary in the Mayor’s office.


The inauguration of Mayor and Council is scheduled for Monday, June 22.

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