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Alan Grayson hires prominent field strategist


Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alan Grayson has hired Amy Ritter, a well-known progressive field strategist in Florida, his campaign announced today in a pizza-themed fundraising email.

Earlier this year, Ritter served as the state coordinator for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign in Florida. Before that, she held various political and civic engagement roles at progressive advocacy organizations in the state, including Organize Now, the Florida Institute for Reform & Empowerment, the Florida Women Are Watching Political Action Committee and Florida Watch Action.

Grayson, a congressman from Orlando, recognized Ritter on the U.S. House floor in 2014 while speaking about Women's History Month. He called the Orlando resident a "communications and activist powerhouse (who) has made her mark on Florida politics through her innovative messaging and organizing skills."

Grayson faces fellow U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, in the contentious Aug. 30 primary for Florida's U.S. Senate race. North Palm Beach attorney Pam Keith is also running.