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Herman Cain names co-chairs to Florida campaign team

This press release just in from the Herman Cain presidential campaign ....their team in Florida.




-- Support continues to build with strong additions to Cain’s Florida team--

Tampa, FL – Signaling a surge of support for his candidacy both in Florida and across the

nation, the Friends of Herman Cain Campaign today announces their Florida Statewide CoChairs.

“The continued enthusiasm for Mr. Cain’s authentic and implementable ideas is building in

Florida from the grassroots to the grass tops,” said Senator Steve Oelrich (District 14 – Alachua). 

“Adding these respected and talented elected officials to the Florida Cain team is just a start!”

“Florida is a critical state, and I continue to be humbled by the incredible leaders and grassroots

organizations  that have lined up to support my candidacy and carry forward my plan for our

nation,” said Herman Cain.

Since his upset victory at the Republican Party of Florida straw poll last month, Cain has been

building infrastructure nationally, reinforcing his position in key states, and continues to gain

support in Florida with these strong additions to his team:

Florida Statewide Co-Chairs

* Representative Larry Ahern - District 51 - Pinellas County

* Senator Thad Altman – District 24 - Brevard, Orange, and Seminole counties

* Councilman Bill Bishop – Vice President, Jacksonville City Council

* Representative Matt Caldwell – District 73 – Lee County

* Councilwoman Teresa Heitmann - Naples City Council

* Commissioner Tom Henning - Collier County

* Commissioner Gardner Hussey - City of Altamonte Springs

* Commissioner Daniel Leeper – Nassau County

* Vice Mayor Jon Miller – City of Casselberry

* Former Secretary of State Sandra Mortham

* Senator Steve Oelrich - District 14 - Alachua

* Representative Liz Porter - District 11 - Gilchrist, Lafayette, Suwanee

* Representative Jimmy Smith - District 43 - Citrus, Hernando, Levy

* Senator Rhonda Storms - District 10 - Brandon

* Representative Carlos Trujillo - District 116 – Miami-Dade County

These Co-Chairs join the Statewide Chairs, Senior Advisors, and key staff announced last week:

Florida Statewide Chairs

* Carey Baker, Iraq War veteran, co-owner of A.W. Peterson Gun Shop, member of the

FL National Guard, and former Florida Senator, District 20


* Rick Baker, Director of USF Innovation Project and former Mayor of St. Petersburg,


* Scott Plakon, Founder, President & CEO of Nationwide Publishing Company, Inc, and

member of the Florida House of Representatives, District 37, since 2008

* Kathleen Shanahan, Chairman and CEO of Uretek Florida and former Chief of Staff to

Vice President Dick Cheney and Former Governor Jeb Bush

Senior Advisors

* Arlene DiBenigno, Senior Campaign Advisor for Friends of Herman Cain

Florida:  Founder and President of Unico Strategies, and prominent political advisor

* Adam Goodman, Senior Message Strategist for Friends of Herman Cain

Florida: President of The Victory Group 

Key Campaign Staff

* Deborah Cox-Roush -- Director of County Chairs

* Barbara Haselden -- Co-Director for 912 Patriots

* Nancy Hayes -- Volunteer Director

* Karen Jaroch -- Co-Director for 912 Patriots

* Lou Marin -- Director for Fair Tax/Tea Party Support

* Matt McCluskey -- Jacksonville Regional Field Rep

* Antori Miranda -- Central Florida Regional Field Rep

* Suzanne Moore -- Tampa Regional Field Rep

* Ignacio Ortiz-Petit – Director of Communications

* Kamilah Prince -- Director of Coalitions

* Kathy Salerno - South Florida Regional Field Rep

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