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Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Announces 2019 Inaugural Events

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Announces 2019 Inaugural Events

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor-elect Ron DeSantis and the 2019 Inaugural Committee today announced Inaugural events taking place in the capital city of Tallahassee on January 7 and 8, 2019.

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis said, “I am honored by the trust Floridians have placed in me to serve as Florida’s 46th Governor and am focused on moving our state forward with a Bold Vision for a Brighter Future. Inaugural events will highlight our state’s diversity and pay tribute to the Floridians who serve our communities, including our military, first responders and faith leaders. Casey and I invite all Floridians to join us for this historic celebration.”

Inaugural Committee Chair Brian Ballard said, “The 2019 Inaugural Committee has spearheaded an impressive lineup of inclusive Inaugural events to honor Governor-elect Ron DeSantis and Lieutenant Governor-elect Jeanette Nuñez, as well as incoming First Lady Casey DeSantis. Their passion and inspired leadership will ensure our state remains a place where both families and businesses will prosper. We look forward to celebrating this historic moment with Floridians from across the state.”

The list of confirmed Inaugural events is provided below. Additional events may be announced at a future date. Information on how to apply for media credentials is forthcoming.

2019 Inaugural Events

Monday, January 7, 2019

**Program times to be announced.**

Women Transforming Florida: A Tribute Breakfast at the Goodwood Museum, 1600 Miccosukee Road, Tallahassee, FL 32308

The 2019 Inauguration will mark the historic election of Jeanette Nuñez as Florida’s next Lieutenant Governor, making her the highest-ranking Hispanic woman elected in Florida history. The Women for Florida Leadership Breakfast will honor the many strong women who made the campaign possible and celebrate the important leadership role women will play in the DeSantis-Nuñez Administration.

Bold Vision for a Brighter Future: Thought Leaders Luncheon at The University Center Club B, 403 Stadium Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32306

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis has a bold vision for the future of our state and a plan to build on Florida’s success. The Thought Leaders Luncheon will feature Florida’s top leaders from the private and public sectors to discuss how we can work together to secure Florida’s future. During the event, Governor-elect DeSantis will share the DeSantis-Nuñez administration’s Bold Vision for a Brighter Future.

A Call to Action: Honoring Service, Sacrifice and Country at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum, 6800 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32308

As an Iraq War veteran, Governor-elect DeSantis and incoming First Lady Casey DeSantis know all too well the sacrifice and dedication of those who serve us both at home and abroad in our military and as Florida’s first responders. This military and law enforcement appreciation event will honor the heroes who selflessly protect our state and nation. The event will be free and open to all veterans, military members, first responders and Gold Star families.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

**Program times to be announced.**

Working Together in Faith: Inaugural Prayer Breakfast at Florida A & M University, 1601 S Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32307

Florida’s faith leaders play a critical role in working with government to better serve our communities. This event continues the time-honored tradition of an inclusive Inaugural Prayer Breakfast celebrating our state and its diversity ahead of the official Swearing-In Ceremony. Individuals of all faiths are welcome to attend this event and pray for Floridians across the state.

Swearing-in Ceremony of Florida’s 46th Governor at the Historic Capitol Building, 400 S Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399

The Swearing-In Ceremony on the steps of Florida’s Historic Capitol Building symbolizes the uniquely American tradition of a peaceful transition of power as our state welcomes its newly elected officials. The 2019 Inaugural Committee looks forward to the historic Swearing-In Ceremony of Governor-elect Ron DeSantis and Lieutenant Governor-elect Jeanette Nuñez, as well as members of the Florida Cabinet.

Bold Vision for a Brighter Future: Legislative Luncheon at the Capitol Building, 4th Floor, 400 S Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399

For the first time in Inaugural history, Governor-elect Ron DeSantis will address Florida’s Legislative leaders and Cabinet officials on the 4th Floor in the Capitol Rotunda between the Chambers of the Florida Senate and the Florida House of Representatives. Governor-elect DeSantis will discuss his plans to work with our state’s elected leaders to achieve a Bold Vision for a Brighter Future so we can continue to build on our success and address the challenges that lie ahead.

Florida’s 46th Governor’s Inaugural Ball at the Donald Tucker Civic Center, 505 W Pensacola Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301

The Inaugural festivities will conclude with the traditional ball honoring our state’s new leadership. Florida’s 46th Governor’s Inaugural Ball will be an evening of celebration, dancing and fellowship enjoyed by Floridians united by the goal of bettering our state for generations to come.

2018-12-12T21:30:51+00:00 December 12th, 2018|

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Announces Additional Thank You Tour Stops

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Announces Additional Thank You Tour Stops

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor-elect Ron DeSantis and Lt. Governor-elect Jeanette Nuñez today announced the continuation of their Thank You Tour on Saturday, December 15, 2018, with stops in Destin (Okaloosa County), Naples (Collier County) and Miami (Miami-Dade County).

“Last weekend we kicked off our statewide Thank You Tour with a fantastic turnout of supporters at our three stops in New Port Richey, The Villages and Port Orange,” said Governor-elect Ron DeSantis. “This Saturday, I will hit the road again with Lieutenant Governor-elect Jeanette Nuñez to show Floridians our deep appreciation for their commitment to building a brighter future for Florida.”

Provided below is the schedule of confirmed stops on the DeSantis-Nuñez Thank You Tour.

ALL INTERESTED MEDIA ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.

Saturday December 15th, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. CST

Panhandle Thank You Tour Stop

AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar

116 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541



1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST 

Collier County Thank You Tour Stop

Food and Thought

2144 Tamiami Trail N, Naples, FL 34102



3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST

Miami Thank You Tour Stop

Jose Marti Gym – Indoor Basketball Courts

434 SW 3rd Avenue, Miami, FL 33130

2018-12-12T20:21:04+00:00 December 12th, 2018|

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Holds Thank You Tour Rally at The Villages

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Holds Thank You Tour Rally at The Villages

The Villages, Fla.– Governor- elect Ron DeSantis today held a rally stop at The Villages as part of his Thank You Tour.

Along with Governor-elect Ron DeSantis and incoming First Lady Casey DeSantis, Attorney General-elect Ashley Moody, State Senator Dennis Baxley, State Representative Brett Hage, and Sumter County REC Chairman John Calandro addressed the crowd of hundreds of supporters.

At The Villages, Governor-elect Ron DeSantis and incoming First Lady Casey DeSantis thanked supporters for their hard work during the campaign and discussed their vision for the future of the state.

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2018-12-11T00:55:43+00:00 December 8th, 2018|

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Holds Thank You Tour Rally in Port Orange

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Holds Thank You Tour Rally in Port Orange

Port Orange, Fla.- Governor-elect Ron DeSantis and incoming First Lady Casey DeSantis today held a rally stop in Port Orange as part of a Thank You Tour to celebrate their historic win with supporters and volunteers.

With a full house in attendance, Governor-elect Ron DeSantis and incoming First Lady Casey DeSantis were also joined by Volusia County REC Chairman Tony Ledbetter, City of Port Orange Vice Mayor Chase Tramont, Volusia County Councilwoman Deb Denys, and State Representative Tom Leek.

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2018-12-11T00:56:29+00:00 December 8th, 2018|

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Holds Thank You Tour Rally in New Port Richey

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Holds Thank You Tour Rally in New Port Richey

New Port Richey, Fla.– Governor-elect Ron DeSantis and incoming First Lady Casey DeSantis were joined by hundreds of supporters today for an early morning Thank Your Tour rally. Attorney General-elect Ashley Moody, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco, State Senator Wilton Simpson, State Senator Ed Hooper and State Representative Amber Mariano also spoke.

At the Pasco County Rally, Governor-elect Ron DeSantis and incoming First Lady Casey DeSantis thanked supporters for their hard work during the campaign and discussed their vision for the future of the state.

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2018-12-11T00:52:22+00:00 December 8th, 2018|

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Announces Statewide Thank You Tour

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Announces Statewide Thank You Tour

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor-elect Ron DeSantis and Lt. Governor-elect Jeanette Nuñez today announced their upcoming Thank You Tour with rally stops planned across the state. The tour will begin with the first in a series of events on Saturday, December 8, 2018, with rally stops in New Port Richey (Pasco County), The Villages (Sumter County) and Port Orange (Volusia County). Governor-elect DeSantis will be joined by Attorney General-elect Ashley Moody in New Port Richey and The Villages.

“This historic win would not have been possible without the support of thousands of volunteers who believed in our vision for the state,” said Governor-elect Ron DeSantis. “Thanks to their hard work and dedication, we are now preparing to take office and build on Florida’s success. This election was about a bold vision for Florida’s future and I look forward to celebrating our shared victory.”

Additional rally stops will be announced in the coming days. Provided below is the schedule of confirmed rally stops on the DeSantis Nuñez Thank You Tour.

ALL INTERESTED MEDIA ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.

Saturday December 8th, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. EST
Pasco County Rally with Governor-elect Ron DeSantis and Attorney General-elect Ashley Moody
Spartan Manor
6121 Massachusetts Ave, New Port Richey, FL 34653

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST
Rally in The Villages with Governor-elect Ron DeSantis and Attorney General-elect Ashley Moody
La Hacienda Recreation Center
1200 Avenida Central, Lady Lake, FL 32162

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST
Volusia County Rally with Governor-elect Ron DeSantis
Riverside Pavilion
3431 S Ridgewood Ave, Port Orange, FL 32129

2018-12-06T16:53:12+00:00 December 6th, 2018|

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+00:00 November 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+00:00 November 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+00:00 November 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+00:00 November 5th, 2018|
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