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Dept. of Smart Hires: FL Dems make Christian Ulvert political director


Christian Ulvert, a well-connected political operative, is taking over a newly created spot at the Florida Democratic Party: Political director.

Ulvert's hire is a smart move on multiple levels.

A Miami native who's Hispanic, he also cut his teeth in Tallahassee as a consultant and lobbyist. So he understands the dual worlds of Florida politics that run the gamut from Hialeah Drive to Capitol Circle. And Ulvert has worked with some top political minds from both parties: Democrat Dan Gelber (on his attorney general's campaign) and Republican David Rivera (on the Miami-Dade slots campaign).

Earlier this year, Ulvert helped Allison Tant handle the news media in her hotly contested and narrowly won bid to lead the Democratic Party. So he has her gratitude and trust.

The big question: Will Ulvert, Tant and the party at large actually have the cash and the candidates to help win the governor's mansion, an extra Cabinet seat and more seats in the Florida Legislature?

Here's the press release:

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Democratic Party today announced Christian Ulvert has been tapped to lead the Party’s political operations. Ulvert, a veteran of Florida politics, brings a unique blend of both state legislative and campaign experience to his role as Political Director.

“We are excited to bring someone of Christian’s talent on board,” said Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Allison Tant. “Christian brings a deep knowledge of Florida politics and strong relationships with elected officials to the party’s operations. He will be a crucial member of our team as we build upon the gains of 2012 and work towards our number one priority: defeating Rick Scott.”

“I’m looking forward to continuing my work with the Florida Democratic Party of electing Democrats throughout the state,” said Florida Democratic Party Political Director Christian Ulvert. “Floridians want leaders who will fight for middle class families and protect public education -- I will be working every day to elect candidates who share those values.”

Ulvert has served on and managed several successful campaigns across the state, ranging from municipal, state legislative, issue advocacy and statewide campaigns. Most recently he served as the general consultant to House Victory. Prior to his work on state House races, Ulvert served as the campaign manager for the Dan Gelber for Attorney General campaign where he managed a staff of ten and a budget of over $5 million.

The founder of Edge Communications, Ulvert brings a unique combination of Hispanic background and his statewide experience. A native of Miami, Fla., Ulvert graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelors of Science in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration and Policy.