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Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Announces 2019 Inaugural Staff Leadership

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Announces 2019 Inaugural Staff Leadership

Tallahassee, FL – Governor-elect Ron DeSantis today announced key staff leadership for the 2019 DeSantis Nuñez Inauguration. Inaugural staff will support the recently announced Inaugural Committee as they prepare for inaugural events.

“I am proud of the incredible team we have assembled to spearhead the 2019 Inauguration,” said Governor-elect Ron DeSantis. “The 2019 Inauguration is a historic opportunity for our state to come together as we build on Florida’s success. With varied backgrounds and skill sets, these talented individuals will work with the 2019 Inaugural Committee as they organize inclusive inaugural events to celebrate the diversity and uniqueness of our great state.”

Staff names and biographies are listed below. For information about the DeSantis Nuñez Inauguration, please visit rondesantis.com/inauguration.

2019 Inaugural Staff Leadership

Management

Executive Director, Justin Caporale

Justin Caporale is an experienced advance and operations professional with an extensive background in developing the strategy and overseeing the management of political events and advocacy campaigns. Justin worked as a senior Advance and Operations lead throughout the 2016 Donald J. Trump for President campaign before serving in the White House as a Special Assistant to the President and the Director of Operations for the East Wing. Justin previously served as the Director of Operations and Chief of Staff for Concerned Veterans for America and most recently worked as Director of Advance for the Ron DeSantis for Governor campaign.

Deputy Executive Director, Jaclyn Schwinghamer

Jaclyn Schwinghamer, a Florida native, will be joining the team to lend her skills as an operational specialist. Jaclyn most recently served as Director of Operations for a D.C. political consulting firm where she has done numerous events for high ranking political officials.  Prior to that role she is a Capitol Hill alum where she was the Director of Operations and Scheduling for Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins of Kansas and Congressman Richard Hanna of New York.

Director of Operations, Jordan Wiggins

Jordan Wiggins is a veteran political strategist with over 10 years of political experience in local, statewide, and national campaigns. Jordan most recently served as Deputy Campaign Manager for the Ron DeSantis for Governor campaign. Prior to the successful Florida 2018 gubernatorial race, Jordan was the Field Director for the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Iowa Field Director for the Marco Rubio for President campaign. Jordan also served as the Campaign Manager for several statewide races in South Carolina and Virginia and as the Political Coordinator for American Crossroads/Crossroads GPS in Washington, D.C.

Chief of Staff, Nicole Rees

Nicole Rees is a marketing and public relations professional with extensive experience in the public and private sectors. Nicole most recently served on the Ron DeSantis for Governor campaign and prior to that was a Senior PR Account Executive at Visit Florida. She previously worked as Senior Account Manager at Geiger & Associates Public Relations, where she was responsible for tourism marketing programs, destination awareness, media events and logistical sponsorships. Nicole has also worked in board relations at Volunteer Florida and within Governor Rick Scott’s Executive Office.

Finance

Senior Finance Consultants: Rick Porter, Gretchen Picotte and Ivey Rooney, Political Capital
Partners Rick Porter and Gretchen Picotte along with their associate, Ivey Rooney of Political Capital, will serve as the lead fundraising consulting team for the Inaugural Committee.  Rick served as the lead finance consultant on DeSantis for Governor where he led a team that raised over $53 million in the General Election. Coming off the success of the campaign, he will continue to lead the day-to-day operations of the finance team.  Gretchen and Ivey will continue in their position, working daily with the Inaugural Finance Committee and Committee Members.  Both Rick and Gretchen have led finance activities for top state and national figures including Donald Trump, the Republican Party of Florida, RNC, NRCC, Speaker John Boehner, Speaker Paul Ryan, Rudy Giuliani and many others over the past decade. Ivey brings her experience as Finance Director of the Republican Party of Florida having produced successful fundraising events over the past four years including the 2016 RNC Convention in Cleveland. Political Capital’s experience also includes Rick Scott’s 2010 Gubernatorial race and 2011 Inauguration.

Finance Director, Heather Barker

Heather Barker is one of Florida’s leading political finance professionals. One of the first to join Team DeSantis in 2017 as Finance Director, Heather Barker raised millions nationwide in the 2018 primary and general elections and coordinated many events with national dignitaries including President Trump. Heather previously worked at the Florida Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee (FRSCC) and served as director of candidate fundraising under President Joe Negron for the 2016 election cycle. After leaving FRSCC, she fundraised for President Joe Negron and assisted with special projects in his last year as President. She also worked in the Senate Majority Office under Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto. Additionally, Heather has served as the finance director for the Republican Party of Florida in 2015, a fundraising consultant for Taylor Strategies, where she provided full service fundraising for individual candidates in the Florida House and Florida Senate and at Contribution Link where she provided detailed fundraising plans for candidates, committees and associations.

Communications and Public Outreach

Director of Communications, Meredith Beatrice

Meredith Beatrice is a veteran of political and government communications. Meredith most recently served as Communications Director for the Republican Party of Florida where she focused on Florida’s 2018 gubernatorial race and supporting the Ron DeSantis for Governor campaign. Her previous roles include serving as the Director of External Affairs for the 2017-2018 Constitution Revision Commission and the Communications Director for the Florida Department of State. Prior to moving to Florida, Meredith served as a director at JDA Frontline, a public affairs firm located in Washington, D.C.

Director of Public Liaison and Outreach, Tara Reid

Tara Reid is an experienced government affairs consultant and political campaign advisor. Tara most recently served as the Surrogates Director for the Republican Party of Florida where she focused on Florida Cabinet races and the Ron DeSantis for Governor Campaign. She is a Republican Party of Florida veteran having served in multiple roles including Special Assistant to the Chairman and on the Rick Scott for Florida gubernatorial campaign in 2014. She is a Principal at Strategos Group in Tallahassee where she focuses on state advocacy for K-20 education and juvenile justice clientele.

Senior Communications Advisors: Sarah Bascom, Lyndsey Brzozowski and Kristen Bridges of Bascom Communications & Consulting

Sarah Bascom, along with her senior consultants Lyndsey Brzozowski and Kristen Bridges, who served as communications advisors for the Ron DeSantis for Governor Campaign, will also assist the inaugural team.  Along with Kelsey Swithers and Sarah Demont of Bascom Communications, their team will assist the communications team with media and event execution.

Press Secretary, Katie Strickland

Katie Strickland is a communications professional with both Florida-based political and government experience. Katie most recently served as Communications Director for Jimmy Patronis’ campaign for Chief Financial Officer and Communications Director at Ello Creative, a digital firm focused on political campaigns and issue-based advocacy organizations. Previously, Katie served as Deputy Communications Director at the Agency for Persons with Disabilities. Prior to joining the APD press office, she worked at the Florida House of Representatives.

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2018-11-30T15:40:33-05:00November 30th, 2018|

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Announces 2019 Inaugural Theme

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Announces 2019 Inaugural Theme

“Bold Vision for a Brighter Future

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor-elect Ron DeSantis and the 2019 Inaugural Committee today announced the theme for the DeSantis Nuñez Inauguration. The theme of the 2019 Inaugural will be a “Bold Vision for a Brighter Future” as Governor-elect DeSantis and Lt. Governor-elect Jeanette Nuñez prepare for their incoming administration.

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis, said, “This election was about the future of our state, how we can build on our success and address the challenges that lie ahead. As I prepare to take office as the 46th Governor of Florida, we are laying the groundwork to implement our vision to protect and strengthen our state and hit the ground running on day one. I look forward to Floridians coming together during the inaugural events where I will share a Bold Vision for a Brighter Future.”

Brian Ballard, chair of the 2019 Inaugural Committee, said, “Governor-elect DeSantis’ Bold Vision for a Brighter Future inaugural theme will be incorporated across events open to all Floridians. As the father of two young children and as an Iraq War veteran who has personally sacrificed abroad to protect our freedom at home, Governor-elect DeSantis is committed to move our state forward toward continued success. The Inaugural Committee looks forward to bringing our state together and sharing Governor-elect DeSantis’ vision for the future.”

For additional information about the 2019 DeSantis Nuñez Inauguration please visit rondesantis.com/inauguration.

2018-11-30T15:42:29-05:00November 30th, 2018|

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Announces 2019 Inaugural Committee Leadership

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Announces 2019 Inaugural Committee Leadership

Tallahassee, FL – Governor-elect Ron DeSantis and incoming First Lady Casey DeSantis today announced leadership for the 2019 Inaugural Committee. The Inaugural Committee will be chaired by Brian and Kathryn Ballard of Tallahassee. Stanley and Gay Hart Gaines of Palm Beach and Bill and Lys Rubin of Broward County will serve as co-chairs. The full list of individuals serving on the Inaugural Finance and Host Committees is provided below.

“We are excited to announce this special group of Florida leaders who have graciously agreed to serve on the 2019 Inaugural Committee,” said Governor-elect Ron DeSantis and incoming First Lady Casey DeSantis. “The 2019 Inauguration will be a celebration of our great state as we move forward together toward continued success. The Inaugural Committee will play a critical role in organizing inclusive inaugural events which reflect the diversity and uniqueness of Florida.”

Further details will be forthcoming at rondesantis.com/inauguration.


2019 Inaugural Committee Leadership

Chairs & Co-Chairs

Inaugural Chairs, Brian and Kathryn Ballard

Brian and Kathryn Ballard of Tallahassee will serve as chairs of the 2019 Inaugural Committee. Brian and Kathryn have extensive experience leading the inaugural process. They were selected by two previous Florida governors to plan and execute their inaugural ceremonies and events, serving as co-chairs for both Governor Rick Scott and Governor Charlie Crist. Brian Ballard has served as a top advisor to numerous presidential and Florida gubernatorial candidates throughout his career, including President Trump and Governor-elect Ron DeSantis.

Inaugural Co-Chairs, Stanley and Gay Hart Gaines

Stanley and Gay Hart Gaines of Palm Beach will serve as co-chairs of the 2019 Inaugural Committee and are known for their longtime service to the state of Florida. Gay Hart Gaines has been one of Governor-elect DeSantis’ strongest supporters and has decades of experience advising political candidates from the local to presidential level.

Inaugural Co-Chairs, Bill and Lys Rubin

Bill and Lys Rubin of Broward County will serve as co-chairs of the 2019 Inaugural Committee. Bill Rubin served on Governor Rick Scott’s inaugural committee and has a distinguished record of accomplishment in both the public and private sectors.

Inaugural Finance Committee

  • Chair, Nick Iarossi
  • Co-Chair, James “Bill” Heavener
  • Co-Chair, Mori Hosseini

Inaugural Host Committee

  • Slater Bayliss
  • Rodney Barreto
  • The Honorable Allan Bense
  • Brady Benford
  • David Browning
  • The Honorable Dean Cannon
  • Thomas L. Corr
  • Carson Good
  • Representative Byron Donalds
  • Rebekah Dorworth
  • Tre Evers
  • Joseph G. Fogg III
  • Anthony Farhat
  • Dr. Jeffrey Feingold
  • Tony Grippa
  • John Hamlin
  • The Honorable Adam & Jillian Hasner
  • Jeff and Sonya Hartley
  • Dr. Roy Hinman
  • Ken Jones
  • Marva Johnson
  • Jeff Johnston
  • Manny Kadre
  • Fred & Autumn Karlinsky
  • Tom Kukk
  • Ben Leon Jr.
  • Kelly Mallette
  • Albert Maury
  • Chris Moya
  • The Honorable Pat Neal
  • Bridget Nocco
  • Richard Parrillo
  • Robert Pereira
  • Tom Petway
  • Ike & Laura Perlmutter
  • Ambassador John Rood
  • The Honorable Robert Schenk
  • Ambassador Mel & Betty Sembler
  • Kent Stermon
  • Rick Sontag
  • Monte Stevens
  • Heather Turnbull
  • The Honorable Will Weatherford
  • Katie Webb
  • Derek Whitis
2018-11-30T16:13:12-05:00November 27th, 2018|

Photos from Ron DeSantis Orlando GOTV Rally With Senator Marco Rubio

Photos from Ron DeSantis Orlando GOTV Rally With Senator Marco Rubio

Orlando, Fla. – Crowds continue to build as hundreds rally with Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ron DeSantis, his wife Casey DeSantis, Republican Lt. Governor Candidate Jeanette Nuñez and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio during a GOTV rally in Orlando, Fla.

You can view and download full resolution photos from the Orlando GOTV rally by clicking on any image below:

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2018-11-30T16:17:46-05:00November 5th, 2018|

Huge Momentum at Ron DeSantis Boca Raton Rally With Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani & Attorney General Pam Bondi

Huge Momentum at Ron DeSantis Boca Raton Rally With Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani & Attorney General Pam Bondi

Boca Raton, Fla. – Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ron DeSantis was joined by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani & Attorney General Pam Bondi and over 1,000 enthusiastic supporters for a rally in Boca Raton, Fla.

You can view and download full resolution photos from the Boca Raton rally by clicking on any image below:

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2018-11-30T16:18:40-05:00November 5th, 2018|

Photos from Ron DeSantis Volusia County Victory Office Visit With Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani & Attorney General Pam Bondi

Photos from Ron DeSantis Volusia County Victory Office Visit With Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani & Attorney General Pam Bondi

South Daytona, Fla. – Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ron DeSantis was joined by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani & Attorney General Pam Bondi and nearly 1,000 enthusiastic supporters for a visit to the Volusia County Victory Office.

You can view and download full resolution photos from the Volusia County Victory Office visit by clicking on any image below:

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2018-11-04T21:27:15-05:00November 4th, 2018|

Photos from President Trump’s Rally in Pensacola

Photos from President Trump’s Rally in Pensacola

Pensacola, Fla. – Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ron DeSantis and his wife, Casey DeSantis, yesterday joined President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for a rally in Pensacola, Fla. Also in attendance were Lt. Governor Candidate Jeanette Nuñez, current Governor and U.S. Senate Candidate Rick Scott and numerous other prominent Republican officials.

You can view and download full resolution photos from the Pensacola rally by clicking on any image below:

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2018-11-04T18:13:43-05:00November 4th, 2018|

Ron DeSantis’ Statement on Today’s Record Job Numbers

Ron DeSantis’ Statement on Today’s Record Job Numbers

Orlando, Fla. – The U.S. Department of Labor today released its hiring and unemployment figures for October, exceeding analysts’ expectations and continuing to show the record pace that our economy is on. Thanks to Republican tax-cuts, which Ron DeSantis voted for and President Donald Trump signed, combined with Republican pro-growth policies on the state level, Florida’s economy is in a perfect position to continue this upward momentum and create opportunity for all Floridians.

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ron DeSantis released the following statement:

“Today’s job numbers show our country’s economy is booming like never before. Last month, businesses created 250,000 private sector jobs, massively exceeding expectations. Americans’ wages grew at the fastest rate in a decade. Our unemployment rate is at a 50-year low, and the Hispanic unemployment hit another all-time low. My opponent, Andrew Gillum, wants to reverse our momentum with massive tax increases, which would be devastating for our state. As Governor, I will make sure we build on our economic momentum by keeping taxes low, boosting wages and creating more jobs for Floridians.”

Today’s Jobs Report shows:

  • The U.S. added 250,000 jobs in October, exceeding analysts’ expectations
  • Maintained a national 50-year low unemployment rate of 3.7 percent
  • Achieved an 18-year high for consumer confidence
  • Reached a record 100-month streak of straight hiring

For the last quarter (July-September), the U.S.:

  • Achieved highest growth in consumer spending for the last four years
  • Expanded the economy by an annual rate of 3.5 percent
  • Saw a 3.1 percent increase in wages and salaries from the previous year, the best growth in a decade
  • All of this growth has occurred while maintaining steady and sustainable inflation

Particularly good news for minority groups:

  • Hispanic unemployment dropping to a record low
  • Black Americans still experiencing historic lows in unemployment
  • Maintaining decades-low rate in unemployment for women

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2018-11-02T15:11:30-04:00November 2nd, 2018|

ICYMI: President Trump Recognizes Ron DeSantis for His Work to Clean Up Florida’s Water

ICYMI: President Trump Recognizes Ron DeSantis for His Work to Clean Up Florida’s Water

Orlando, Fla. – In case you missed it, during his rally in Southwest Florida last night, President Donald Trump recognized Republican Candidate for Governor Ron DeSantis for his role in passing America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, which included the authorization of the reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee.

“Rick and Ron also worked closely with us to pass legislation to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee – that was an expensive one – to clean Florida’s water. That’s a big one,” said President Trump of DeSantis & Governor Rick Scott.

Clean water has been a top priority for DeSantis who has been endorsed by the Everglades Trust for his strong position on the issue.

“As Governor, I will work with the President and his administration to make sure we get the resources we need to clean our water and our rivers and protect our way of life here in the State of Florida,” said DeSantis.

To view a video of President Trump and DeSantis during the rally, click below:

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2018-11-01T21:17:50-04:00November 1st, 2018|

Casey DeSantis Visits Tampa School, Vows to Protect Choice Scholarships

Casey DeSantis Visits Tampa School, Vows to Protect Choice Scholarships

Orlando, Fla. – Today, Casey DeSantis, wife of Republican Gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, visited the St. Peter Claver Catholic School in Tampa. Mrs. DeSantis toured the school, met with students and teachers, and spoke about the importance of choice scholarships.

“St. Peter Claver Catholic School is a testament to how innovative education policies can truly change the lives of children and their families,” said Casey DeSantis.  “St. Peter Claver has more than 150 students, many of them African-American and all of them from families with limited means, that are now excelling in a great learning environment thanks to the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program.  This program empowers low-income parents to choose the best learning environment for their children—just like parents of greater means do.”

“My husband, Ron DeSantis, will protect these students’ scholarships and defend these parents’ right to send their child to a school where they can excel,” continued Casey DeSantis.  “Andrew Gillum has said that he will bring this program and others like it ‘to a conclusion.’ That is shameful and wrong.  He should look these students and parents in the eye and tell them why he thinks they don’t deserve the opportunity to choose a learning environment that works for them.”

“Public education doesn’t exist to serve the interests of bureaucrats and unions – it exists to equip every child with the knowledge and skills they need to pursue their dreams and maximize their own potential. Empowering families will always be the focus of Ron DeSantis as Governor,” concluded Casey DeSantis.

To view video of Casey DeSantis’ visit, click below:  

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2018-11-01T18:28:07-04:00November 1st, 2018|
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