Tommy Wells is hiring a campaign manager

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 Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.

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