Tommy Wells is hiring a campaign manager

February 12, 2013

Wells’s “exploratory campaign” looks likely to become a real campaign. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Updated 2 p.m. with Wells comment

D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), who recently launched an exploratory campaign for mayor, has said it is “very likely” he will transition to a full-blown campaign in the next few months.

It’s so likely, in fact, that Wells is advertising for a campaign manager.

A solicitation posted Monday on at least one online Democratic political job board seeks a candidate with at least five years of campaign experience to run the Wells for Mayor tilt.

“Some familiarity with the District of Columbia a plus,” the listing reads. “Most important are good political judgment, strong people skills and willingness to put in the hours a competitive race requires.”

Wells’s campaign manager is expected to do the usual campaign manager-y things — managing staff and volunteers, developing strategy, handling vendors,  dealing with the media  — and “should expect a demanding work schedule and be available long hours, seven days a week through Election Day” in April 2014.

In an brief interview, Wells said he’s moving ever closer to making his run official. “I have found a tremendous amount of encouragement and support from a diverse group,” he said. “That is one of the things I wanted to see.”

But Wells said a final decision still won’t come until April or early May. He noted that running for mayor will mean relinquishing his Ward 6 seat, which is also up in next year’s elections: “I want to be sure before I do that that running for mayor is the right thing to do.”

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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