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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Hillary Clinton's campaign makes Miami hires

Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign has hired a couple of staffers in Miami familiar with local Democratic politics, the Miami Herald has learned.

Raul Martinez Jr. will work as Clinton's Florida director of coalitions, and Johanna Cervone as her Miami regional press secretary, according to a campaign source. Other Florida staffers are expected to join the campaign in coming weeks.

Martinez is former chief of staff for ex-U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia. Prior to that, he worked as Florida Hispanic vote director for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. He is the son of former Hialeah Mayor Raul Martinez.

Cervone was most recently communications director for Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, whose 2014 election was one of local Democrats' biggest recent wins. Before getting into politics and community organizing, Cervone taught Spanish and Portuguese at the university level. She grew up in Miami and is originally from Argentina.

No word yet on where Clinton will open a local campaign office for her Miami staff.

[Last modified: Friday, July 1, 2016 8:38am]

    

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