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Former Patrick campaign aide, back from LA, signs onto Ross's mayoral bid

A former campaign aide to Los Angeles Mayor-Elect Eric Garcetti and Gov. Deval Patrick is signing on with City Councillor Michael Ross’s mayoral campaign. Josh Gee, who served as new media director for Patrick’s 2010 reelection campaign, has returned to Boston after working as digital director for Garcetti, and taken the job of communications director for Ross.

“He'll be a great mayor that connects all parts of the city to move Boston forward,” Gee said of Ross in an e-mail on Tuesday. “Personally, I think he'd do the more than any of the other candidates to drive government innovation and transparency – the things I care most about. I'm also really excited to help him run a digital first campaign that helps connect the residents of Boston to have a discussion about the future of our city.”

Ross is the councillor for District 8, which includes Back Bay and Beacon Hill, Fenway and Kenmore, Mission Hill, the West End, and two precincts in Allston. He is giving up his district seat to run for mayor.

Last month, Garcetti, a councilman, battled Wendy Greuel, the city controller, in the LA mayor’s race and won with 54 percent of the vote.

Gee has also worked for Alipes, a digital strategy firm, the New York public relations company Edelman, and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas. He is a graduate of Lexington High School and Boston University.