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Month before election, Thompson names grassroots leaders



Republican Fred Thompson started late, so maybe it's no surprise that a month before the Sunshine State votes his campaign is naming its northeast Florida grassroots team.


The folks below will cover Alachua, Clay, Columbia, Duval and Gilchrist Counties.

UPDATE: The Thompson campaign said these folks aren't "new;" many have been with the campaign from the start. Apparently just the media release is new.

Also, the campaign's Florida political director Brandi Brown is headed to Iowa after the Christmas holiday to help run the operations the last week before the Jan. 3 caucuses.

McLean, VA - Former Senator Fred Thompson's presidential campaign today named grassroots leaders in Northeast Florida, announcing a team of volunteer campaign veterans who will cover Alachua, Clay, Columbia, Duval and Gilchrist Counties. George A. Bush, chairman of the Clay County Commission, will serve as chairman of Senator Thomson's campaign in Clay County.

"I am proud to endorse Fred Thompson for president," said Commissioner Bush. "In the United States Senate, Fred had a 100 percent pro-life voting record and fought to protect our Second Amendment rights, lower taxes, cut spending and strengthen our military. I know where he stood then, where he stands now and where he'll be tomorrow."
Commissioner George A. Bush was elected to the Clay County Commission in 1992 and reelected subsequently. He served on the Clay County School Board for 12 years, including two terms as chairman. Bush is the president of Bush-Thompson Insurance of Orange Park, Middleburg and Jacksonville and is a veteran of the United States Navy and Naval Air Reserve.

"Grassroots leaders are an invaluable asset to our campaign, and we are grateful to have their support," said Todd Thomson, executive director of Senator Thompson's Florida campaign. "This team is already hard at work organizing volunteers and spreading Senator Thompson's message across Northeast Florida."

Grassroots leaders serve as the liaison between local volunteers and the state campaign headquarters and work to locate and organize supporters and coordinate volunteer activities in communities within the county.

Grassroots leaders announced today include:

Nancy Alberts 
Jack Berry            
Kathy Blair
Amber Buchanan            
George A. Bush, chairman, Clay County Commission
Kay Durden       
Dawn Holder
Betty Ramey      
Judd Sapp          
Logan Savage    
Jay Stewart

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:12pm]


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