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Elizabeth Warren beefs up Florida campaign with Andrew Gillum alums and progressive activists

One worked for Rick Kriseman’s 2017 campaign.
Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks during a town hall meeting at the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 hosted by Unite Here, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Yasmina Chavez/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks during a town hall meeting at the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 hosted by Unite Here, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Yasmina Chavez/Las Vegas Sun via AP) [ YASMINA CHAVEZ | AP ]
Published Dec. 12, 2019

Presidential candidates are slowly starting to look beyond the early primary battlegrounds to the states that could decide who is the Democratic nominee if this thing drags out.

Here’s the latest example: Elizabeth Warren on Thursday announced a slate of new hires in Florida, one of the biggest delegate prizes after Super Tuesday.

Joining the Massachusetts senators team are a handful of people with recent experience running campaigns in the state. Several of them worked on Andrew Gillum’s bid for Florida governor — a race he narrowly lost after his surprising primary victory. Others have worked on the ground for progressive causes.

One of them has St. Petersburg ties: Warren’s new deputy organizing director Emily Frost worked on Mayor Rick Kriseman’s 2017 campaign.

The list includes: senior strategist Zach Learner, the former Gillum deputy campaign manager; organizing director Allie Brown, previously with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy; community organizing directory Aida Mackic, who worked on campaigns for Gillum and Bernie Sanders; training director Devan Cheaves, recently at ACLU of Florida; mobilization director Jaime Lopez, who worked on digital strategy in Florida for Hillary Clinton; and data director Joe Haas, another alum of Sanders’ campaign.

The campaign also formally unveiled state director Kimberly Diaz Scott, previously the director of public policy for the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates and a veteran of Charlie Crist’s 2014 campaign. Scott has been with Warren in Florida since the end of September.