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Ron DeSantis fills press shop in administration

MONICA HERNDON | Times Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis talks to the media after a campaign stop on October 4, 2018 at the Italian Club in Ybor City, Tampa, Fla.

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis' transition team announced Thursday that they were adding two more communications staff members to the administration.

Dave Vasquez, an early staffer in DeSantis' campaign who worked as his spokesperson, will be hired as press secretary. Vasquez also worked as a campaign manager for state Rep. Bob Cortes, R-Altamonte Springs.

Meredith Beatrice will serve as the administration's deputy communications director. She was the director of communications for the Republican Party of Florida during the 2018 election and previously served in the same role for the Florida Department of State.

Both will work under the administration's director of communications, Helen Aguirre Ferré, who served as Trump's White House director of media affairs for two years.