Gov. Earl Ray’s former campaign spokesman is taking over as communications director at the Governor’s Office.
Chris Stadelman, a newspaper editor and public relations consultant, was appointed Tomblin’s chief spokesman Wednesday. He replaces Amy Shuler Goodwin, who’s leaving Tomblin’s office to work as state tourism commissioner and deputy commerce secretary
Most recently, Stadelman has worked as publisher of Standard Newspapers, which has two weekly newspapers, The Putnam Standard and The Cabell Standard. Stadelman and his wife, Kelly Stadelman, bought the newspaper group last September.
The Stadelmans also own Stadelman Consulting, a public affairs firm that works on projects with The Manahan Group, a Charleston-based marketing and advertising company. Chris Stadelman previously worked as vice president of public relations at The Manahan Group, which is owned by George Manahan.
From April 2011 to November 2012, Stadelman served as spokesman for Tomblin’s gubernatorial campaigns.
For six years, Stadelman and his wife Kelly ran a weekly newspaper, The Parsons Advocate, in Tucker County.
He was also managing editor, business editor, city editor and a columnist for the Charleston Daily Mail from 1994 to 2004.
The Stadelmans split their time between homes in the Kanawha Valley and Tucker County.