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The former communications director for U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Gil Duran, has been appointed press secretary for Gov. Jerry Brown, according to a news release.

Duran was previously press secretary to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Brown, when he was mayor of Oakland.

Brown also appointed two deputy press secretaries - Evan Westrup, who was deputy press secretary for Brown's campaign, and Elizabeth Ashford, who was chief deputy communications director for former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Ashford most recently worked in the United Kingdom, for the communications firm the Brunswick Group and for the Office of the Chairman of the Conservative Party.

All three appointees are Democrats. The Brown campaign's main spokesman, Sterling Clifford, is not joining the administration.


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