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Donald Trump expands Florida campaign team

@PatriciaMazzei

Donald Trump has made four hires to his Florida presidential team, the campaign announced Tuesday.

Joining the operation are Jennifer R. Locetta as deputy state director, Ken Mayo as director of field operations, John Ross Pughe as southeast regional field director and Craig Bachler as director of coalitions.

They will work under state director Karen Giorno and campaign co-chairs Joe Gruters and Susie Wiles, whom Trump hired last month. He's scheduled a rally for Saturday in Sarasota. 

"I have created thousands of jobs and own some of the most iconic assets in the state," Trump said in a statement, which also touted his lead in Florida GOP primary polls. "I love the people of Florida and I am proud to have such overwhelming support and a great staff in place. I look forward to visiting often and working with my team to share my vision to Make America Great Again."

Here's a little background on each of the hires, per the campaign:

Jennifer R. Locetta has an extensive background related to data organization and grassroots voter contacts. In 2012, she served as Statewide Data Director for the Republican Party of Florida and worked at the Romney for President Headquarters in Tampa. 

After four years in the US Navy Ken Mayo began a political career spanning three decades. Most recently, Ken has held positions with American Majority in 2011, AFP in 2012-2013 as Florida's Manager of Field Operations, and Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA is a national trade association). Additionally, Ken was recruited to be the National Coalitions Director for Convention of States Project.

John Pughe has been involved in Florida politics for more than a decade.  He served as the Director of Community Affairs for the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber Commerce. Prior to joining the chamber, John served as Legislative Aide to State Representative George Moraitis. He also managed Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Romney Rogers' municipal campaign and Representative Moraitis' bid for State House. 

Craig Bachler is a well-known for his grassroots activism, as a volunteer and full time organizer of statewide and national campaigns. He previously served as the Florida Director of Field Operations for Rick Santorum for President, grassroots leader and organizer for Governor Rick Scott, and Pat Buchanan for President in 1992 and 1996 in New Hampshire. 

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