Mixture of old and new on Pam Bondi's re-election team
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is sticking with some familiar names as she launches her 2014 re-election campaign, but she's got some new blood as well.
Her campaign manager will be Pablo Diaz, a veteran Republican operative who most recently served as the legislative director for the conservative group National Federation of Independent Business/Florida. He replaces Martin Garcia, a Tampa attorney.
Bondi is keeping Adam Goodman as her media consultant and Brett Doster as a general consultant, both holdovers from the 2010 campaign.
Debbie Aleksander is the new finance director, a job held last time by Melissa Dempsey. Marc Reichelderfer will serve as strategic consultant, a new position on the campaign.
For reference, click here for a breakdown of Bondi's 2010 campaign team.
Here is the full press release about the '14 crew:
The Pam Bondi for Attorney General Campaign today announced the selection of her core re-election team. Her key campaign staff will include Pablo Diaz as the Campaign Manager and Debbie Aleksander as the Finance Director. Her political consulting team will include Brett Doster as General Consultant, Adam Goodman as Media Consultant and Marc Reichelderfer as the campaign's Strategic Consultant.
"Over the last three years, we’ve worked hard and made important progress on many issues facing Florida's families and consumers, including cracking down on prescription drug abuse, making Florida a zero tolerance state for human trafficking, and leading efforts to provide relief for homeowners facing foreclosure. There is still much to be accomplished, and I hope that I am given the privilege and honor to continue my service as Florida's Attorney General," said Attorney General Bondi.
"As we begin the re-election campaign, I'm excited to talk with Florida's voters about the progress we have made, and the plans for continuing that important work over the next four years. I have every confidence that the experienced and talented professionals who will serve as my core political team will ensure this important message is communicated through a well-run and successful campaign," continued Bondi.
Veteran campaign and political operative, Pablo Diaz, has been selected to serve in the top role of Campaign Manager, and will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Bondi re-election campaign. Diaz most recently served as the Legislative Director for the National Federation of Independent Business and has significant experience in government and political campaign operations.
Debbie Aleksander, a well- known and respected fundraiser who most recently worked for the Republican Party of Florida and Governor Rick Scott, will serve the Bondi re-election campaign team as the Director of Finance.
Returning from Bondi’s successful 2010 Campaign, Brett Doster will serve as the General Consultant and Adam Goodman will serve as the Media Consultant. In addition, Marc Reichelderfer has joined the team and will serve as the campaign’s Strategic Consultant.
Pam Bondi served for nearly two decades as a prosecutor in Hillsborough County, before being elected as Florida's first female Attorney General in 2010.
Pablo Diaz, Campaign Manager
Before joining the Pam Bondi for Attorney General Campaign, Diaz served as the Legislative Director for the National Federation of Independent Business in Florida. Diaz has also served in numerous positions at the Republican Party of Florida, including Coalitions Director, Director of Field Operations, Director of Party Development, and most recently as Deputy Executive Director.
Previously, Diaz served in the Executive Office of the Governor, as Director of Appointments and previously in the Offices of External Affairs and Cabinet Affairs for Governor Jeb Bush. Diaz also served as a Regional Coalitions Coordinator at the Republican National Committee and as Deputy Operations Budget Manager for the Bush-Cheney ’04 campaign.
Diaz served as Director of Operations for the 2007 Florida Inaugural Committee and as Deputy Director of Operations for the 2003 Florida Inaugural Committee. He served on Governor Jeb Bush’s re-election campaign in 2002 and worked in the Florida office of the Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign and Florida Recount. He has also worked on numerous federal, state, and local campaigns.
Pablo holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Science from Florida State University. He and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Tallahassee.
Debbie Aleksander, Finance Director
Prior to joining the Pam Bondi Campaign, Aleksander worked as the Finance Director for the Republican Party of Florida, as well as the fundraiser for Governor Rick Scott’s “Let’s Get to Work” committee.
Aleksander previously served as the Finance Director for then-Senate President-Designate Jeff Atwater’s re-election campaign and later his successful campaign for Chief Financial Officer. Well known as a top political fundraiser, Aleksander has completed fundraising projects for Speaker of the United States House of Representatives John Boehner, Congressman Vern Buchanan, State Senator Joe Negron, State Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto, State Representative Pat Rooney and the Republican Agriculture Commissioners Committee.
Prior to her transition to political fundraising, Aleksander worked as an Associate at Dutko Poole McKinley, based in their Tallahassee office. Her disciplines at the firm included U.S State & Local Affairs as well as Government Markets. Debbie also worked as a Governmen¬tal Affairs Specialist for TECO Energy with emphasis in both Tallahassee and the South Florida region.
Deborah received both her undergraduate and Master’s degrees from Florida State University. She currently resides in Tallahassee, Florida, with her husband Sebastian and her son Sebastian Jr.
Brett Doster, General Consultant
Brett Doster is the founder and President of Front Line Strategies Inc., a public relations firm that provides communications strategies, organizational services, strategic planning, and policy guidance for political and corporate campaigns. Front Line's clients include Fortune 10 companies; federal, state executive, and state legislative candidates; elected officials currently serving; and a variety of organizations promoting statewide issues.
Doster served as the senior advisor for Florida to the Mitt Romney for President Campaign in 2012. That year, he was also an advisor to the Connie Mack for U.S. Senate Campaign. In 2010, Doster served as general consultant to Pam Bondi in her successful bid to become the first female Attorney General of Florida. Additional efforts by Front Line in 2010 included successful elections for seven members of the Florida Legislature and two local elected officials.
In 2007, Doster became a Partner—opening up and heading the Florida office—of Revolution Agency, a nationally recognized strategic media and communications firm that has performed work for Presidential candidates, U.S. Senators and Congressmen, and internationally recognized business groups and public policy foundations, such as the United States Chamber of Commerce and Strong American Schools, a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Eli Broad Foundation.
Doster has worked in Florida politics for nearly 20 years. He served as campaign manager for the Tom Gallagher for Governor Campaign from 2005-2006; as the Florida Executive Director for the Bush-Cheney 2004 Presidential Reëlection Campaign from 2003-2004; as the Executive Director for the Coalition to Protect Florida in 2002; and as the Florida Political Director for the Bush-Cheney 2000 Campaign. Doster entered politics as a Special Assistant to Governor Jeb Bush in the first Jeb Bush for Governor Campaign in 1993 and served in the same capacity on the Governor's successful 1998 election campaign.
In addition to his public relations and political career, Doster has overseen bi-partisan economic development efforts on behalf of the state of Florida. From 2001 to 2003, he served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development in the administration of Governor Jeb Bush. His responsibilities included oversight of Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida, the public-private partnerships tasked with diversifying and promoting Florida's industrial and tourism sectors. At the direction of Governor Bush, Doster took the lead on establishing the state's high-tech centers of excellence program; creating the state's first Digital Divide Council; and promoting a more strategic R&D partnership between Florida's high-tech business sectors and its university system.
In 2008, Doster started a third enterprise. He joined forces with his father Russell Doster and became the President of Doster Broker Group, a full-service commercial real estate firm based in Tallahassee and North Florida. Doster heads up investor development and public relations efforts on behalf of the company.
Doster serves as an adjunct professor for Georgetown University, lecturing on American politics. He is a fifth generation native of Florida and a graduate of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. He and his wife, Iris, and their daughters, Angelica and Isabella, reside in Tallahassee.
Adam Goodman, Media Consultant
The Victory Group’s principal creative, media and communications strategist, has been producing nationally-recognized, award-winning work for successful issue, advocacy, candidate and corporate campaigns across America for more than 30 years. Named by Florida Trend as one of the “most influential Floridians”, as a “media icon” in the Tampa Bay Times, and by New York 1 as a “Winner of the Year”, Adam Goodman’s film and TV work has been honored throughout the industry with Addys, Tellys, Hermes, and Pollies. His state and national client list has included Mayors Rudy Giuliani and Rick Baker; Governors Tommy Thompson and Christine Todd Whitman; Congressmen Dave Reichert, Greg Walden, Dan Webster, Bill Young, and Vern Buchanan; and Florida legislative leaders Don Gaetz and Will Weatherford.
Marc Reichelderfer, Strategic Consultant
President and founder of Landmarc Strategies, Inc., Marc Reichelderfer has spent two decades working at all levels of Florida politics, assisting elected officials, political candidates, issue campaigns, and businesses.
Marc’s background in winning political campaigns is impressive. He served as a consultant to the Republican Party of Florida’s State House and State Senate Campaign Committees for the past seven election cycles and just last year Campaigns & Elections Magazine named Marc as one of Florida’s top 5 Republican “Political Influencers of 2012”. Over the years he ran the successful elections of Sen. Aaron Bean, Sen. Rob Bradley, Sen. Dorothy Hukill, Sen. John Legg, Sen. JD Aleksander, Sen. Lee Constantine, Sen. Anna Cowin, Sen. Nancy Detert, Sen. Gregg Evers, Sen. Mike Fasano, Sen. Evelyn Lynn, Sen. Jim Norman, Sen. John Thrasher, Sen. Steve Wise, House Speaker Dean Cannon, Rep. Travis Cummings, Rep. Holly Benson, Rep. Travis Hutson, Rep. Matt Hudson, Rep. Mike Horner, Rep. Tom Grady, Rep. Bill Proctor, and Rep. Dana Young. Additionally, Marc ran John Thrasher’s campaign for Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida in 2010, consulted for a variety of Presidential campaigns including Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman, managed Katherine Harris’ campaign for Florida Secretary of State in 1998, was on the staff of New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s re-election campaign in 1997, and was the Florida Field Director for Lamar Alexander’s 1996 Presidential Campaign.
Marc lives in Tallahassee, Florida with his wife Kelly and their two daughters Grace and Kate.