Posted: Feb. 27, 2003
KEY CAMPAIGN AIDES NAMED
WILMINGTON – Judge William
Swain Lee announced today that he is naming Donald C. Mell III as
campaign director for his 2004 run for governor. In addition to
serving as a key advisor to Judge Lee, Mell will be responsible for
defining the campaign’s message and developing the campaign’s
policies and strategy. Mell will also handle communications and
media relations for the campaign.
Mell served as Lee’s New
Castle County campaign chairman during the 2000 Republican
gubernatorial primary. He was the principal liaison between the
campaign and television, radio and print media, statewide.
Mell spent much of the 1980s
and early 1990s in the Middle East as a foreign correspondent for
the Associated Press and CNN and was stationed in Beirut, Lebanon,
Rome and New York. During that time he covered various conflicts in
the Middle East, among them the Gulf War, the Iran-Iraq war, the
Lebanese Civil War and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Lee also announced that he
is naming Patrick W. Murray as his political director. Mr. Murray
will be a key liaison between the campaign and the state Republican
Party. Murray will be the principal contact between the campaign and
the party’s state, regional and local leaders. He will also be
responsible for overseeing the Lee campaign’s Republican state
convention organization as well as its Kent County organization.
Murray is Kent County
Regional chair for the Republican Party and has served in that
position since 1998. He has also served on many important state
party committees. Murray has extensive campaign experience and has
held vital roles in a number of notable campaigns, which include
those of both Presidents George Bush and George W. Bush, and
Congressman Mike Castle.
Murray has also served as
chairman of the Council on Transportation and as secretary of Public
Safety during Governor Castle’s administration.
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