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Movers & Shakers

Former Romney spokesman new press secretary for the Republican Party of Florida

 Susan Hepworth, who served as director of the national traveling press for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during the 2012 campaign, is the new press secretary and deputy communications director for the Republican Party of Florida.

The Kansas City native traveled full time with former Gov. Romney and the press corp during his race for president.

During the 2010 election cycle, she directed the day-to-day political operations at the RNC. Prior to that she was at Majority Strategies, a mail firm in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Hepworth began her political career in 2007 in Iowa on Romney’s first presidential bid right after graduating from the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism.

“I graduated on a Sunday, drove to Des Moines on Monday and I started working on the campaign on Tuesday,” said Hepworth, who started her new job June 7. “And that’s been my life.”

Winsor new state solicitor general

Allen Winsor succeeds Timothy Osterhaus as Florida’s solicitor general,  the state government’s top appellate lawyer. Osterhaus was appointed to the 1st District Court of Appeal May 20th.

Winsor, 36,  has been the principal deputy solicitor general since January. Prior to that, he was a member of the Tallahassee office of GrayRobinson, most recently as a shareholder. He’s a 2002 graduate of the University Of Florida College Of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Florida Law Review.

The Florida solicitor general represents the state throughout Florida's appellate courts and in the U.S. Supreme Court. The solicitor general also serves as the Richard W. Ervin Eminent Scholar Chair and a visiting professor of law at Florida State University College of Law.

Florida Democratic Party hires new data director

Aly Sheets, a veteran of the Obama for America 2012 campaign, has been named the new data director for the Florida Democratic Party.
In 2012, Sheets was the GOTV Data Director for the President Obama's campaign in North Carolina. Before that, she served in the Obama campaign's Chicago headquarters as a National Regional Data Director. Sheets also has data and field experience in Massachusetts, Nevada and Virginia.

 Holland & Knight adds another political figure to the firm

Former state legislator Miguel De Grandy has joined Holland & Knight’s Miami office as a partner. De Grandy, a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1989 to 1994,  was most recently the owner of a boutique government affairs firm. He was the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee and served as chairman of the Cuban-American Caucus of State Legislators (1992-1993).

De Grandy is the latest addition to the firm’s lineup of former civic and government leaders, which includes former Gov. Bob Martinez and former U.S. Representatives Jim Davis and Ron Klein.

New face on Fasano’s staff

Mara Stierman is the new district executive secretary to Rep. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, replacing Christine Hunter who retired after 19 years.
A 2012 graduate of the University of Tampa and a New Port Richey native, Stierman served as an intern and poll worker with the Pasco Supervisor of Elections office