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Fla Dem chair rewards supporters with leadership posts



If there are lingering hard feelings among supporters of Alan Clendenin for Florida Democratic party chairman, Allison Tant doesn't appear too worried about trying to smooth over divisions. The recently elected party chairwoman today named four state party vice chairs, and not one of them was in the Clendenin camp in the rancorous party chairmanship election.

"I am thrilled to announce the new members of our leadership team who I am confident will position the party to take back the governor's mansion in 2014,"  Tant said in a statement. "Democrats saw firsthand in 2012 that our power is not in Tallahassee but in communities across this state where hardworking Floridians are feeling the consequences of Rick Scott's wrong priorities, which continue to put corporations ahead of middle class families. From Jacksonville to Miami, Democrats will be working more aggressively than ever to register and turnout out voters to defeat this Governor who has proven time and again he is simply not our side."

Clendenin was already elected First Vice Chairman, and here are the newly appointed vice chairs as described by the Democratic party.

Vice Chair Annette Taddeo (@Annette_Taddeo): As founder & CEO of LanguageSpeak, Annette has run her business for over 17 years and has been recognized as a top Latina business leader in the US. After an impressive ’08 congressional run, today she is considered a leading Hispanic figure in Florida politics, a prolific fundraiser, and a regular guest for Hispanic radio & TV. Annette continues to serve her community and her country through her leadership in numerous organizations including serving as Chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party and was recently elected for a DNC seat.

Vice Chair Alison Morano (@AliFlorida): Alison is a political and social media consultant with more than 15 years in the business marketing, technology, and political industries. Alison served as Chairwoman of the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce from 2002 - 2006. After running several local political groups, Alison was elected as the State Chairwoman for the Florida Democratic Party County Chairs Association, which she served as until 2011. A former Vice Chair under Rod Smith, Alison continues to aggressively organize Democrats in central Florida. She currently resides in Pasco County.

Vice Chair Rick Boylan: Rick Boylan brings over three decades of experience working within the Democratic  Party and the LGBT movement. He worked 20 years at the Democratic National Committee and served under eight national chairs. After leaving the DNC, he spearheaded efforts leading to an unprecedented increase in the number of LGBT delegates to the 2004 and 2008 National Conventions. Rick recently served as the Florida Democratic Party's Secretary and he guided the party's 2012 delegate process which selected the state's largest and most diverse national convention delegation. Rick resides in St. Pete Beach.

Vice Chair Justin Spiller (@SpillerJ): Jacksonville attorney Justin Spiller brings a wealth of professional and political experience to the team. He has worked to advance Democratic values as the president of the Jacksonville Young Democrats and the president of the Florida Young Democrats and the second vice chair of the Duval County Democratic Executive Committee. He has organized and educated on voter protection on behalf of the Obama campaign and has fundraised for various local, state and national candidates. Mr. Spiller also has an extensive background in community involvement, serving as a mentor and member on various boards in Jacksonville including, the United Way of the Northeast Florida and the Jacksonville Urban League.

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 10:47am]


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