State Sen. Wendy Davis, aiming to become the first Democrat elected governor in Texas since 1990, has hired veteran campaigner Karin Johanson to manage her gubernatorial bid.
Johanson managed the 2012 campaign of Sen.Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and previously was a chief of staff and spokeswoman for Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland. Most recently, she was a principal at the Dewey Square Group, a political consulting firm with offices in Washington and five other cities.
Davis is expected to face Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott in the November 2014 election. Gov. Rick Perry is stepping down after holding office since December 2000.
“Karin has proven that she can win tough races,” Davis campaign spokesman Bo Delp said in an e-mailed statement. “She has taken on and beaten a full arsenal of failed leadership, despite millions in negative ads.”
Baldwin, the first woman elected to represent Wisconsin in the Senate and first openly gay U.S. senator, defeated former Gov. Tommy Thompson by five percentage points. She raised about $14.6 million for the 2012 race, compared with Thompson’s $9.6 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington political research group.
Davis told Dallas television station WFAA on Oct. 4 that she expects to raise $40 million for her campaign. Campaign reports filed so far show she has picked up about $1.4 million.
The Abbott campaign has raised more than $20 million, spokesman Avdiel Huerta said earlier this month.