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Miami-Dade GOP names new executive director

The Miami-Dade Republican Party has a new man in charge of its day-to-day operations: Yulexis Argota, 22, who was an assistant to the Florida field director for the Mitt Romney campaign during the presidential primary.

The party has been without an executive director since last summer, when then-Chairman Erik Fresen, who is also a state representative from Miami, eliminated the position because the GOP was in such dire financial shape that it could not afford it. That left former executive director J.C. Hernandez out of a job.

Fresen resigned last month. New Chairman Ben Powell took over the party reins earlier this month and quickly reinstated the top job. He and the party's executive board picked Argota, who has also interned for Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina and Sweetwater Mayor Manny Maroño, to fill it. (Presumably, this means the party can now afford to keep a full-time director on salary again.)

"Yulexis Argota has the integrity, judgment and relentless work ethic the party needs to be effective this political season," Powell said in a press release. "I am excited about working with Yulexis to unite the party and elect our candidates."

The executive board also named Jefferson Knight as its general counsel. Knight is a former Florida chairman for the Republican National Lawyers Association.