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The California Republican Party has a new spokesperson heading into the 2012 elections.

Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro announced today that it has hired GOP political consultant Jennifer Kerns as its communications director. She replaces outgoing communications director Mark Standriff, who is leaving the post after two years to work as a communications adviser and consultant to candidate campaigns.

Kerns, who runs K Street Communications, has represented the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association, the 2008 ballot measure banning same-sex marriage and the campaign against a failed 2009 tax initiative in recent years.

Del Beccaro said in a statement that she "brings not only an unrelenting desire for our Party and for its goals to succeed, but also a great deal of creativity that will help us drive our message in 2012."

Standriff will remain a consultant to the party. Del Beccaro said his "tireless" work to help the state GOP reach more voters has helped the party in "immeasurable ways."



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