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Ron DeSantis adds four more to ranks of new administration

The four new hires were announced Wednesday via a news release.
Republican nominee for the Florida governor, Ron DeSantis, introduces his running mate, Jeanette Nunez, after the rally where Republican nominees for the 2018 election gathered at the Ace Cafe in downtown Orlando, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018.   (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS) 

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Republican nominee for the Florida governor, Ron DeSantis, introduces his running mate, Jeanette Nunez, after the rally where Republican nominees for the 2018 election gathered at the Ace Cafe in downtown Orlando, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS) 1239864
Published Jan. 2, 2019

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis' transition team announced four more hires to the new administration Wednesday, less than one week before his inauguration on Jan. 8.

All four have been working on the transition team or helping to coordinate the inauguration.

Chris Spencer, who helped manage the office of state Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, was named policy director. Spencer has also served as chief Legislative assistant in the Florida Senate and helped coordinate DeSantis' transition advisory committees, according to the transition team.

Justin Caporale, who previously worked on Donald Trump's campaign and as a special assistant to the president in Trump's White House, will be DeSantis' director of external affairs. He's currently the executive director of the DeSantis-Nuñez inauguration.

The transition's director of scheduling, Amanda Emmons, will stay in charge of DeSantis' schedule in the administration. She is a former staff assistant to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.

Finally, Makenzi Mahler, who has been working on recruitment for the transition, will be the director of appointments. Mahler was the campaign's deputy finance director and previously worked for the Republican Party of Florida.

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