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Bill Nelson names Marley Wilkes as campaign manager

Nelson preparing for a tough re-election battle.
Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., speaks with Capitol Hill reporters after voting to end the shutdown. (Alex Leary | Times)
Published Mar. 7, 2018

WASHINGTON – Sen. Bill Nelson named Marley Wilkes, a veteran of Florida politics, as his campaign manager and filled out other staff positions as well on Wednesday.

Greg Goddard will serve as deputy campaign manager and Shahra Anderson will serve as political director.

"As we prepare for November, I am proud we have such a talented team with tremendous experience in Florida leading our campaign," Nelson said in a release.

From the release:

Wilkes joins the Nelson campaign from Ruth's List, the organization dedicated to recruiting, training and supporting Democratic women to run for office, where she served as Executive Director. Under her leadership at Ruth's List, the organization's membership doubled, fundraising increased significantly and they implemented a comprehensive training program to serve candidates across the state. Most recently, Wilkes and her organization played a role in flipping two critical state legislative districts from red to blue in the last six months.

"Marley's knowledge, leadership and dedication to helping Democrats win in Florida – up and down the ticket – the last 16 years makes her a great choice to lead this team," Nelson said. "Marley helped steer my campaign to victory in 2012 as our Deputy Campaign Manager, as well as a major part of our 2006 re-elect, and I am excited to have her lead our team again this year."

Over the course of Wilkes' 16 years in Florida politics, Wilkes has worked for U.S. Senators, as well as presidential, gubernatorial and congressional campaigns across the state.

Greg Goddard, Deputy Campaign Manager, has been serving as Nelson's Finance Director since early 2017. In 2016, Goddard was the Florida Finance Director for Hillary for America, as well as Florida Finance Director for Charlie Crist's gubernatorial race in 2014 and the North Florida Finance Director for Nelson's re-election in 2012.

Shahra Anderson, Political Director, has served in Nelson's Senate office for 14 years, after getting her start in politics serving as a Constituent Advocate for U.S. Senator Bob Graham. Anderson also played a key role in Nelson's 2012 re-election campaign.