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Political PR pros find new jobs

A couple of Annapolis public relations pros confirmed plans to switch jobs this week, headlined by Gov. Martin O’Malley’s longtime aide, Raquel Guillory.

Guillory plans to join the Department of Business and Economic Development next month as assistant secretary, a role that will put her in charge of marketing and communications after serving as O’Malley’s communications director.

She’s the fourth high-ranking O’Malley staffer to depart since November, following Joseph C. Bryce (Manis Canning & Associates), Rick Abbruzzese (Rifkin, Livingston, Levitan & Silver LLC) and Matthew D. Gallagher (Goldseker Foundation).

Meanwhile, Jim Pettit announced Tuesday he would join the campaign staff of Harford County Executive David R. Craig, who intends to announce his candidacy for governor early next month.

Pettit had been working for Change Maryland under Larry Hogan, a cabinet secretary in the administration of former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. Hogan — thought to be a potential Republican candidate for governor himself — canceled plans to run for governor in 2010 after Ehrlich decided on a rematch with O’Malley.