Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is losing two senior members of his communications staff, the latest in a series of departures as he nears the end of his tenure in Annapolis.
Aides said Friday that both Teddy Davis, O’Malley’s director of strategic communications, and Takirra Winfield, his press secretary, are leaving the governor’s office for other opportunities.
Friday was the last day for Davis, who arrived less than seven month ago after having served in the administration of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D). Davis is returning to the West Coast as a fellow at the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California, O’Malley aides said.
Winfield, an O’Malley staffer since December 2008, plans to depart early next month for a national communications job with Teach for America, an organization that supports college graduates and others who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools. Winfield’s title will be senior managing director of media relations.
Winfield said she is leaving convinced that O’Malley is “the most effective governor in the country” and said “there are no words that can adequately describe how grateful I am to the governor and my colleagues in the administration.”
O’Malley is term-limited and scheduled to leave office in January 2015. He is weighing a 2016 White House bid. While there have been a string of departures from his official office, a core group of political staff and advisers remains largely intact.
The departures of Davis and Winfield follow some other moves by O’Malley communication staffers.
This spring, Raquel Guillory, a longtime aide, left her job as communications director in the governor’s office this spring for a senior post at the Department of Business and Economic Development.
O’Malley also recently lost his chief speech writer, Steve Rabin, to the Obama administration.