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SWAY Joins McKee Campaign for Lt. Governor

Today, Cumberland Mayor, small business owner and lieutenant governor candidate Dan McKee announced Jen Burton and Bobby Gravitz of SWAY will join his campaign as media consultants. 

“I am pleased to announce that Jen and Bobby will join our team and help spread our vision of making Rhode Island a better place to live, work and raise a family,” McKee said. “With more than three decades of combined experience in helping elect Democrats to office, their insight and expertise will be an invaluable asset to our campaign.”

Burton’s most recent work includes producing ads for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the National Education AssociationNARALU.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (NM) and Congressman Jim Himes (CT). She also has long history of success leading advertising efforts for statewide races, including Treasurer Clint Zweifel (MO), Secretary of State Kate Brown (OR) and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (AR). 

Gravitz’s ads helped Oregon Democrats retake the State House in 2012. Previously, he worked on the 2008 Obama campaign, and served as head speechwriter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. 

“Dan has the fresh ideas and experience needed to improve the lives of the people of this state. As one of the most successful mayors in Rhode Island, he will help foster the positive changes Rhode Islanders needs to improve their schools, make their streets safer and give them a better opportunity than they are getting now,” Burton said. “Bobby and I are excited to join Dan’s team and help him become the next Lieutenant Governor of the Ocean State.” 

SWAY’s news comes one week after CJ Macklin, veteran Democratic political operative, was announced as campaign manager for McKee. 

About Mayor Dan McKee

Cumberland Mayor Dan McKee grew up in Rhode Island. As a small business owner and community leader for more than 30 years, Dan has spent his adult life fighting for positive change in the Ocean State. Dan is a long-time board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Cumberland-Lincoln, and has coached basketball for boys and girls at all levels.

During his six terms as Cumberland’s Mayor, Dan’s record is one of strong fiscal management, visionary education initiatives, and thoughtful economic development. Educated at Cumberland High School, Assumption College and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Dan and his wife, Susan, have two children, Matt and Kara.


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