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Group aimed at solving debt crisis in Washington launches Florida chapter

The Campaign to Fix the Debt, a national, nonpartisan organization focused on urging elected officials in D.C. to find ways to reduce the national debt, launched a Florida state chapter this week, according to a news release.

The national organization says its members include elected officials, business leaders and academics. As part of its Florida campaign, the group will encourage citizens to get involved by contacting their representatives in Congress.

"I think citizens of all parties are concerned about our huge national debt and I welcome this opportunity to contribute to non-partisan solutions," said Mary Mulhern, a Democratic Tampa city councilwoman and member of the Florida Steering Committee. "I hope to lend a calm and reasoned voice to the discussion of fixing our national debt. In an economy recovering from the worst recession since the Great Depression, we should not attempt to balance the budget on the backs of the most vulnerable and the middle class."

Other notable members of the organization's Florida chapter include attorney Justin Sayfie, a Republican political operative, former gubernatorial candidate and U.S. Rep. Jim Davis, a Tampa Democrat, Republican Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe, and Rebeca Sosa, a Republican Miami-Dade County Commissioner.

Other members could be added in the coming days, the organization said.