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Young Political Operative Joining Annapolis Lobbying Shop

A leading Annapolis lobbying firm has tapped a young veteran of Maryland politics to join its ranks.

Rifkin Weiner Livingston LLC announced Monday that it has hired Obie Chinemere to join its Annapolis office.

Obie Chinemere

Chinemere has worked most recently as a regional director for U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). He was also campaign manager for state Sen. Cory V. McCray (D-Baltimore City) in the 2018 Democratic primary when McCray ousted six-term Sen. Nathaniel J. McFadden (D).

Additionally, Chinemere was deputy field director for Benjamin T. Jealous’ gubernatorial campaign in 2018, and was a community liaison for Baltimore City Councilmember Eric Costello (D).

Admirers said Chinemere is deeply dedicated to helping Baltimore.

“He’s worked tirelessly to help local residents, small business owners, and civic groups,” Van Hollen said. McCray called Chinemere “one of the brightest, most dedicated, energetic and caring people I know.”

Rifkin Weiner Livingston has offices in Baltimore and Bethesda, in addition to Annapolis — where it has been one of the top-earning State House lobbying firms for more than a quarter century, with a gold-plated stable of colleagues.

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