Release: Watson announces campaign leadership; will open campaign office on Sunday

OTTAWA – Today, Jim Watson announced that Danielle McGee will serve as Campaign Manager and Ryan Kennery will serve as Director of Communications for his 2014 re-election campaign. Watson will also hold his official campaign office opening this Sunday, August 10.

Danielle_McGee_and_Ryan_Kennery_Ottawa.jpg“This campaign is about continuing the progress Ottawa has made over the last four years. Danielle and Ryan will devote their incredible talents to strongly make that case,” said Watson. “We are not taking anything for granted. With our nearly 700 volunteers, we are building momentum in all 23 wards to ensure our city can remain on the path of progress, stability and certainty.”
McGee has served in Watson’s MPP and municipal offices for the last seven years, and is on an unpaid leave of absence from her position as Director of Community Relations in the Mayor’s Office. She was also responsible for operations in Jim Watson’s successful 2010 campaign. During her time with the Mayor's Office, she has been the Mayor’s representative when collaborating with key stakeholders such as community associations and BIAs. McGee has a deep knowledge of Ottawa and its communities, developing her skills on several election campaigns at all levels of government. She holds a bachelor’s degree (hons.) in political science from Carleton University.
As Campaign Manager, McGee will be responsible for day-to-day oversight of the campaign office and volunteers, including voter outreach and get-out-the-vote strategies.
Kennery has spent five years working with the City of Ottawa and the Mayor's Office, and is currently on an unpaid leave of absence from his position as Press Secretary in the Mayor’s Office. During his time with the City, he has held a number of communications roles, providing strategic counsel on campaigns, events and issues. Kennery has played a significant part in developing the Mayor’s social media presence and managing media milestones. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communications from the University of Ottawa, and studied journalism at Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.
As Director of Communications, Kennery will be responsible for media relations, platform announcements, and online voter engagement.
Watson’s volunteers have been working out of the campaign office at 725 Somerset Street West for the last month and have been canvassing regularly in all areas of the city. Watson will officially open his campaign office at a special event on Sunday, August 10 at 1 p.m. – everyone is welcome.
The municipal election will be held on Monday, October 27.