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Tea party time! Herman Cain announces Florida grassroots team

10

November

From a press release:

Tampa, FL – Building on the already announced statewide campaign team, the Friends of Herman Cain in Florida continue to garner support, expanding and solidifying our organization throughout the state by announcing county chairpersons in all 67 Florida counties.

“These experienced and seasoned political grassroots activists will ensure that Herman Cain’s message to restore our country will resonate and be heard throughout the state,” said State Representative and Statewide Co-Chair Scott Plakon. “We are honored to have them on our team, working to ensure Herman Cain’s victory in Florida.”

County chairpersons will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the campaign in their respective counties, including the recruitment of volunteers, event coordination, get out the vote efforts, and further grassroots activities.

“Campaigns are won through the hard work of grassroots activists such as the ones that have joined Herman Cain’s team in Florida,” said Arlene DiBenigno, senior advisor to Friends of Herman Cain. “They are the backbone of our state organization, they understand the importance of this presidential election to our country, and they will help carry the State of Florida for Herman Cain.”

Miami-Dade

• Mercy Sabina – Worked on the campaigns for Pam Bondi for Attorney General and Rick Scott for Governor.

• Sarah Gerber – Business owner and member of the Miami-Dade Young Republicans.

• Maria Isabel Toledo – former member of the Miami-Dade Republican Executive Committee (REC); worked on Jeb Bush 1998 and 2002, Charlie Crist 2006, and Rick Scott 2010 gubernatorial campaigns. Also worked on the George H.W. Bush 1988 and 1992, Bob Dole 1996, George W. Bush 2000 and 2004, and John McCain 2008 presidential campaigns.

Broward

• Gene Robinson – Served on the Jeb Bush for Governor 98/02 and McCain for President 08 campaigns. President of the Tamarac-Margate-Coconut Creek Republican Club. Member, Broward County Republican Executive Committee. Member, Parkland Republican (Rep) Club
Palm Beach

• Tami Donnally – Member of the Palm Beach County Republican Executive Committee. President, Rep. Club of Central Palm Beach County; Former Candidate for the Florida House. Worked on the Bill McCollum for Governor and Allen West for Congress campaigns.

Hillsborough

• Karen Jaroch – Chairman of Tampa 912. Founder of No Tax for Trax. Worked on the McCain/Palin 2008 presidential campaign.

Pinellas

• Barb Haselden – Organizer of the Pinellas 912 Patriots

Orange

• Linda O’Keefe – Member of the Orange County Republican Executive Committee, VP of Orange County Republican Women Federated, worked on the Dan Webster for Congress campaign.

• Tom Tillison – co-founder and Editor-In-Chief of the Florida Political Press, co-founder of the Central Florida Tea Party Council and sits on the steering committee of the West Orlando Tea Party.

Duval

• Rick Hartley – Republican Party of Florida State Executive Committeeman. Member of the River City Rep. Club and First Coast Tea Party. Worked on the Rick Scott for Governor, George W. Bush 2000, 2004, and John McCain 2008 presidential campaigns.

Lee

• Adele Amico – Member of Estero Republican Women Federated, NFRW< FFRW, Past District Chair for FFRW, Member of Lee County Republican Executive Committee, Member of Southwest Florida Republican Women Federated, Worked on Bush 2004 and McCain 2008 presidential campaigns.

Brevard

• Ken Parrish - Titusville Tea Party and worked on Tom Garcia campaign.

Polk

• Bill Landes – Member of the Polk County Republican Executive Committee, Winterhaven 912, and Florida Grassroots Alliance. Worked on the Josh Davis and John Lindsey campaigns.

• Donald McCleod – Chairman, Lakeland Tea Party and Member of the 912 Project.

Pasco

• Roger Whidden – Member of Pasco 912, Wesley Chapel Republican Club, and Tampa Tea Party. Worked on the Nugent for Congress 2010, Marco Rubio 2010, Pam Bondi 2010, Ken Littlefield 2010 campaigns.

• Carin Carr – Current Member of the Pasco County REC and former member of the Broward REC 2003-2004. Worked on the Bruce McNeilage House campaign.

Volusia

• Jim Oddie – Member, Volusia County Republican Executive Committee. Worked on Reagan 1984, Bush 2000 and 2004, McCain 2008, Mel Martinez, Jeb Bush 1998/2002, Marco Rubio for US Senate 2010, Tom Feeney for Congress, Sandy Adams for Congress Campaign, 2010 and Rick Scott for Governor 2010 campaigns.

• Tony Ledbetter - Vice Chairman of Volusia County Republican Executive Committee. Worked on the Dole 1996, Bush 2000, 2004, McCain 2008 presidential campaigns. Vice Chair, Volusia County 912, and a member of the Daytona Beach Rep. Club, Ormond Beach Republican Club and Tri County Republican Club.

Seminole

• Kim Carroll – Member of the Seminole County Republican Executive Committee and Secretary of the Florida Federated Republican Women. Worked on the David Simmons for Senate Campaign, Seminole Team Leader for Marco Rubio 2010, Rick Scott for Governor, 2010, Pam Bondi 2010, and Adam Putnam 2010 campaigns. She is vice president of the Suburban Republican Club.

• Patty Chastain Green - Seminole County Republican Executive Committee

• Jennifer Wagner - Campaigned for G.W. Bush 2000, 2004, McCain 2008, and Marco Rubio 2010. She is also the membership Chair of the Seminole Rep. Exec. Committee.

Collier

• Lavigne Kirkpatrick – Member of the Republican Party of Florida State Executive Committee. Member of the Collier County Republican Executive Committee. President, Collier Republican Club. Member of the Women's Club of Naples and League of Women Voters. Worked on the Bush 2004 campaign and served as Charlie Crist County Chair 2006, John McCain County Chair 2008, and Rick Scott County Chair 2010

Marion

• Terry Armstrong- Secretary of the Marion County Republican Executive Committee, Worked on Mike Huckabee campaign in 2008, Cliff Stearn for Congress, Kurt Kelly and Keith Perry Campaigns

• Paul Skinner – Member of Marion County Republican Executive Committee, Worked on Cliff Stearns for Congress, Kurt Kelly for Florida House and Marco Rubio for US Senate Campaigns

Manatee

• David Agee - Republican Party of Florida State Executive Committee

Escambia

• Ashley Carr - Republican Party of Florida State Executive Committee. Worked on Rick Scott for Governor 2010 campaign.

• Mike Hill – Member of the Escambia Tea Party.

Lake

• Patricia Sullivan - Republican Party of Florida State Executive Committee and Chairman of Tea Party Network.

St. Johns

• Patty Henderson – St. John’s County Tea Party, Member of St. John’s County Republican Executive Committee, Worked on Scott DuPont Campaign, McCain 2008 and Rick Scott for Governor 2010

Okaloosa

• Steve Czonstka – Member of the Republican Party of Florida State Executive Committee, member of the Republican Club of Okaloosa, and Silver Sands Rep. Club. Worked on the Bush 2000, 2004; McCain2008, Rick Scott for Governor 2010, Marco Rubio US Senate 2010, Steve Sutherland for Congress 2010 campaigns.

• Al Kauses – Member of the Okaloosa Republican Executive Committee and Chairman of Panhandle Patriots. Also a member of the Air Force Sergeants Assoc., Disabled Veterans, and NRA.

Clay

• Rod Swartz - Secretary of the Clay County Republican Executive Committee, Worked on the campaigns of Doug Conkey 2010, Janice Kerekes 2012. He is a member of the Republican Men of Clay County Club.

Santa Rosa

• Morgan Lamb - Past Chairman of the Santa Rosa Republican Executive Committee and President of the Rep. Club of Santa Rosa County. Worked on the Jeff Miller, Jeb Bush for Governor, President G.W. Bush, and Alabama Senator Jeremiah Denton campaigns.

• Connie Clark – Worked on the Greg Evers and Doug Broxson campaigns, member of the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce.


Bay

• John Salak – Member of the Republican Party of Florida State Executive Committee, Vice Chair of the Bay County Republican Executive Committee, and President of the Bay County Republicans. Worked on the Bush 2004, McCain 2008, and Steve Sutherland for Congress 2010 campaigns.

Charlotte

• John Hitzel - Member of Charlotte Republican Executive Committee, Editor Charlotte County Rep. Club, and the Mid Charlotte Rep. Club. Has worked on numerous local campaigns and was the former food service manager in the United States Senate.

• Bob Reichert - Member of the Charlotte Republican Executive Committee.

Martin

• Eric Miller –Member of the Republican Party of Florida State Executive Committee and the Martin County Republican Executive Committee.

• Sheila Donovan - Secretary of the Martin County Republican Executive Committee and Member of Martin 912

Leon

• Francisco Gonzalez – Leon County Republican Executive Committee

• Ryan Merdo - Member of the Board of College Republicans of Leon County, Member of the Leon County REC, volunteer for Rick Scott 2010.

Hernando

• Mary Mazzuco - Owner of Royal Coachman Homes and a member of the Hernando County Republican Executive Committee.

• John Allocco – Member Republican Business Council of Hernando County, Young Republicans of Hernando County and the Hernando County Republican Executive Committee.

Indian River

• Alisa Artigas – Served as county chair, Marco Rubio for US Senate 2010 and a member of the Indian River County Republican Executive Committee.

Alachua

• Laurie Newsome - President of the Gainesville Tea Party and member of the Alachua Republican Executive Committee.

• Rod Gonzalez - Vice President of the Gainesville Tea Party and member of the Alachua Republican Executive Committee and the Airport Authority Board.

Citrus

• Dick Windle - Past Chairman of the Citrus County Republican Executive Committee. Worked on the Bush 2004, Crist 2006, McCain 2008, Rick Scott for Governor 2010, Rubio for US Senate 2010, and Rich Nugent 2010 campaigns.

Osceola

• Danny Sexton – Member of the Republican Party of Florida State Executive Committee and Osceola County Republican Executive Committee.

• Ruth Cobberly - Member of the Osceola County Republican Executive Committee.

Sumter

• Barbara Cole - Member of the Sumter County Republican Executive Committee. Worked on the Scott for Governor 2010 campaign. She is also a member of the Republican Club of Sumter County.

Highlands

• Andy Tuck – Member of the Republican Party of Florida State Executive Committee. Worked on Rick Scott for Governor Campaign, 2010.

Nassau

• DeeDee Corbin - Corresponding Secretary of the Nassau Republican Executive Committee.

Flagler

• Linda Osborne - Treasurer of the Flagler County Republican Executive . Committee

Walton

• Kelly Rainer – Served as phone bank Coordinator for Bush in 2004 and as a Presidency 5 delegate.

Monroe

• Greg Goebel – Member of the Republican Party of Florida State Committee and Monroe County Republican Executive Committee.

• Nick Mulick - Vice Chairman of the Monroe County Republican Party

Putnam

• Mike Cribby- Business Owner, member of Putnam County Republican Executive Committee, Member of West Putnam County Tea Party

Columbia

• Terry Rauch – Has served as the Past Chairman of the Columbia County Republican Executive Committee and worked on the campaigns for Elizabeth Porter and Rick Scott for Governor. Also served as a GOTV Volunteer for the RPOF and as a North Central Tea Party Event Coordinator.

• Dusty Bailey – Worked on Jeb Bush 98 and Bush Cheney 2004 campaign, and served as county coordinator for Marco Rubio for Senate 2010. Member of the Columbia County Republican Executive Committee and North Central Florida 912 Project, Mr. Bailey is also a Methodist Minister

Suwannee

• Chris Hall - Member of the Suwannee Republican Executive Committee also worked on the Rick Scott for Governor 2010 campaign.

Levy

• Michelle Finnen – Member of the Republican Party of Florida State Executive Committee and Levy County Republican Executive Committee.

Jackson

• Clint Pate – Member of the Republican Party of Florida State Executive Committee and Republican Club of West Florida. Also worked on the John McCain 2008 presidential campaign.

Okeechobee

• Kelly Staples – Member of the West Palm County Tea Party and Okeechobee Republican Party of Florida State Executive Committee.

Bradford

• Donna Solze – Member of Republican Party of Florida State Executive Committee, Former Secretary of the Republican Party of Florida, Member of the Bradford County Republican Executive Committee

Baker

• Kate Svagdis - Member of the First Coast Tea Party, Baker Tea Party, and REC. Also worked on the Rick Scott for Governor 2010, Jeb Bush 98/2002, and GWB 2000/2004 campaigns.

• Jay Jacobs - Baker County Tea Party, Membership Chair Tea Party Network .

Calhoun

• Clint Pate – Member of the Republican Party of Florida State Executive Committee and Republican Club of West Florida. Also worked on the John McCain 2008 presidential campaign.

DeSoto

• Joey Suggs – Member of the DeSoto County REC and worked on Governor Rick Scott’s campaign 2010.

Dixie

• Hal Downing – Member of the Republican Party of Florida State Committee.

Franklin

• Debbie Ashbrook – Former State Committee Woman for the Republican Party of Florida from Gulf County

Gadsden

• Kimberly Smith – Presidency 5 Delegate.

Gilchrist

• Tommy Langford – Member of the Republican Party of Florida State Executive Committee and Gilchrist County REC, Rick Scott for Governor 2010

• Betty Ramey – Member of the Republican Party of Florida State Executive Committee and Gilchrist County REC; worked on the Jeb Bush 1998 &2002 and George Bush 2000 & 2004 campaigns.

Glades and Hendry

• Andy Tuck – Member of the Republican Party of Florida State Committee. Worked on Rick Scott for Governor Campaign, 2010.

Gulf

• Sheri Dodsworth – Gulf County Delegate for Presidency 5.

• Debi Ashbrook – Former Republican Party of Florida State Committeewoman and Gulf County Republican Executive Committee. Member of the Gulf County Republican Party.

Hamilton

• Tom Moffess – Member of the Republican Party of Florida State Committee and of the Hamilton County Republican Executive Committee.

Hardee

• Benny Hash – Hardee County Republican Party Executive Committee, Business Owner

Holmes

• Amanda Smith – member of the Holmes County Republican Party

Jefferson

• Sally Beshears – Served as a volunteer for the Steve Sutherland for Congress 2010 campaign.

Lafayette

• Kay Darden – Republican Party of Florida State Executive Committee, McCain 2008, Rick Scott for Governor, Bush 2000 and 2004

Liberty

• Janice Sumner – Worked on the McCain 2008 presidential campaign.

Madison

• Cindi Perron – Madison County delegate to Presidency 5.

Sarasota

• Frances Rice - Chairman of the National Black Republican Association and member of the Sarasota County REC. Worked on the Ronald Reagan for president campaign, George HW Bush, George W. Bush, Jeb Bush for Governor, Governor Rick Scott and Vern Buchanan campaigns.

St. Lucie

• Jolien Caraballo - Member of the St. Lucie REC and Lipstick Republican Women's Club. Worked on the Bush 2004 campaign and is a member of Retail Federation Association.

Taylor

• Bob Root - Chairman of the Taylor County Tea Party and active Member of Tea Party Express; worked for the Sharon Angle Campaign.

Union

• Renae Allen – Member of the Republican Party of Florida State Executive Committee and Union County REC.

Wakulla

• Gordon McCleary – President Wakulla Republican Club, Past Chairman of the Wakulla County Republican Executive Committee , McCain 2008, Sutherland for Congress, Rick Scott for Governor 2010

Washington

• Anthony Pate – Member of the Republican Party of Florida State Executive Committee and Washington County REC.

 

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