The manager of Democrat Adam Haber's campaign for Nassau County executive announced Thursday that he will step down to become executive director of New Jersey's Democratic State Committee.
Justin Myers, who has led the Haber campaign since February, will resign his post next week but said he will remain a consultant with the campaign through the election.
Myers, who managed the successful re-election campaigns of Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. and state Sen. Jim Whelan, both Democrats from New Jersey, said the Garden State position was too good to turn down.
"Opportunities like this don't come around often," said Myers, adding that he wanted to be closer to his family in Pennsylvania.
Chebon Marshall, who has managed statewide campaigns in Oklahoma, Florida and Connecticut, will take over as Haber's campaign manager.
Haber, a Roslyn school board member, is challenging former County Executive Thomas Suozzi for the Democratic nomination. The winner will take on GOP County Executive Edward Mangano.
Myers' departure follows the campaign's decision to cancel a television advertisement against Suozzi that an Italian-American group and some Democrats labeled as insensitive to Italian-Americans. Haber pulled the ad on Wednesday.
Myers said he has confidence in Haber's candidacy and that his departure was for professional and personal reasons.Marshall said he was "looking forward to hitting the ground running. There is already a great campaign staff in place and together we will help Adam win the Democratic primary and take back Nassau in November."