President George W. Bush-Campaign Organization, Florida
Southeast Regional Chairman - Ralph Reed
Southeast Regional Political Director - Heath Thompson
Bush-Cheney '04, Inc.  | 420 East Jefferson Street  |  Tallahassee 
(Grand Opening April 7, 2004...Chairman Gov. Marc Racicot joined by Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist, Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher, Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Charles Bronson, State Rep. Jennifer Carroll and Republican Party of Florida Chairman Carole Jean Jordan). 
In an October 26, 2004 press release, Republican Party of Florida Senior Advisor Mindy Tucker Fletcher described a campaign organization consisting of "more than 90,000 volunteers, 10,000 precinct captains and hundreds of full-time, paid staffers working in every county in the state." Several days later another release put the number of volunteers at 102,438.
Chairman Gov. Jeb Bush
(announced as Chairman Oct. 1, 2003)  Elected 1998, re-elected 2002.
Executive Director Brett Doster
(from Oct. 2003)  Prior to the campaign Doster worked as an associate at Uhlfelder & Associates, P.A. in Tallahassee, starting Feb. 2003.  He served as Deputy Director of the Governor’s Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development, focusing particularly on developing new high technology business in the state, 2001-03.  Statewide political director for Gov. George W. Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign in Florida; after the March primary, he served as the statewide political director for Florida Victory 2000.  Doster has worked on all three of Jeb Bush's gubernatorial campaigns starting in 1993 as a political aide.  Graduate of the Citadel in Charleston, SC.  Doster is also a licensed real estate agent.
Political Director Mandy Fletcher
Northeast Florida Field Director for Gov. Jeb Bush's 2002 re-election campaign.
Communications Director Albert Martinez
(from Oct. 2003)  Prior to joining the campaign Martinez worked as a contract communications specialist with state Sen. Dan Webster's campaign for U.S. Senate.  Previously he worked as deputy speech writer for Gov. Jeb Bush.
Events Director Robin Robinson
Worked in Gov. Jeb Bush's Office of Policy and Budget as a health care budget analyst prior to joining the campaign.
Coalitions Director Jennifer Bennick
Started her career in politics as a Professional Development Analyst in Gov. Jeb Bush's Office of Professional Development, helping to place non-working citizens in state jobs.  Bachelors degree in international affairs and political science from Florida State University. 

Regional Field Directors (8):

Panhandle (10 Counties in Northwest Florida) Nicholas Breeding
72-hour director on South Carolina Victory 2002, the state party’s coordinated campaign.  Graduate of Roanoke College, where he was senior class president.
Northeast Florida Brewster Bevis
Served as staff assistant in newly elected Rep. Katherine Harris (R-FL)'s office, starting in Jan. 2003.  Executive assistant in the Office of the Secretary, Florida Department of State, starting Feb. 11, 2002.
Ocala/Gainesville Chris Walsh

East I-4 Corridor Vienna Avelares
"a gregarious Puerto Rican single mother"-Matt Taibbi
Broward/Treasure Coast Sara Misselhorn
MBA from University of Miami in 2004; two B.S. degrees from Vanderbilt University, one in political science and one in secondary education. 
Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties Michelle Azel
Previously Manager of Executive Affairs for the Florida Marlins, serving as the team's government and public affairs liaison.  Experience in the health care field.  Bachelor's degree from Purdue University and Master of Science from St. Thomas University. 
Southwest Florida Russ Peck
Events coordinator at the Department of Children and Families.  Worked part-time in Gov. Jeb Bush.  B.A. in finance and English from Florida State.  Originally from Tulsa, OK.  (Note: Based in Fort Myers.  SW Florida region covered nine counties: Sarasota, Hardee, DeSoto, Highlands, Charlotte, Glades, Lee, Collier, Hendry).
Tampa Bay Nathan Hollifield
A 72-hour representative on South Carolina Victory 2002, the state party’s coordinated campaign. 

-On March 3, 2004, the campaign announced its Florida County Leadership Team, comprising 212 leaders.

Coalitions include:
-Bush-Cheney '04 Florida Educators for Bush:  Steering committee chairs - Susan Sailor, Grace Williams, and Scott Hebert.  (Florida Teachers of the Year in 1997, 1998, and 1999, respectively).

-On May 18, 2004 Florida First Lady Columba Bush joined Florida Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings and Republican Party of Florida Chairwoman Carole Jean Jordan to announce the Bush-Cheney '04 Florida "W Stands for Women" Leadership Team.  There were 235 co-chairs throughout the state.

-On April 12, 2004 Gov. Jeb Bush keynoted a rally to launch the Bush-Cheney '04 National Hispanic Steering Committee at the Latin Quarter Restaurant at Universal City Walk in Orlando.  Co-chairs of Florida Hispanics for Bush include state Reps. Gaston Cantens (R-Sweetwater), Juan Carlos Zapata (R-Miami), and John Quinones (R-Kissimmee).  There were 175 co-chairs statewide.

-Bush-Cheney '04 Florida Veterans:  State co-chairs - Admiral Thomas Morris (U.S. Navy, Ret.), General James Dozier (U.S. Army, Ret.), and General James Hart (U.S. Air Force, Ret.).  Together, they helped organize a team of over 100 Veterans across Florida.

-Democrats for Bush:  Chair - Manuel D. Medina (chairman & CEO, Terremark Worldwide, Inc.).  This was one of the campaigns most prominent coalitions, ultimately including 436 Democrats across the state who had signed endorsement forms.  (That number did not include the volunteers).  Democrats for Bush got off to an early start in Florida.  On March 24, 2004, during a telephonic press conference several Florida Democrats who served during Bob Graham’s administration endorsed President Bush for re-election: former Executive Director of the Florida Democrat Party Barney Bishop, Former Speaker of the Florida House James Harold Thompson, Florida Board of Education member and former Special Election Counsel Steve Uhlfelder, and Graham’s own Lieutenant Governor Wayne Mixson. 

-Caribbean and Haitian Americans for Bush:  Chairs - Marie Bell, Dr. Ranley Desir, and Lucy Orlando.  Gov. Jeb Bush spoke at the rollout in Miami on Oct. 9, 2004 and over 150 people attended.

-Seniors Coalition:  Chairs - Jerry Buchanan, Charlie Kane (retired CIA employee from Stuart) and Marie Powell-Sullivan (realtor from Treasure Island).  There were 200 co-chairs throughout the state. 

-African American Coalition:  Chairs - David Griffin (former Secretary of the Florida Lottery) and Dr. Dorsey Miller (retired professor).  Griffin and coalitions director Jennifer Bennick traveled to Jacksonville, Miami, and Orlando to host roundtables with prominent African Americans to get the coalition up and running.  The rollout in Ft. Lauderdale in July brought together over 200 African Americans from around the state.  All in all, there were over 160 co-chairs around the state. 

-Floridians with Disabilities Coalition:  Chairs - Dr. JR Harding, Andrew Houghton, and Berthy De La Rosa-Aponte.  Florida Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings took part in the rollout.

-First Responders Coalition:  Chairs - Graham Fountain (member of IUPA) and Don Hunter (Sheriff of Collier County).  65 men and women from around the state participated as co-chairs.

-Physicians for Bush Coalition:  Chairs - Dr. Carl Lentz (Daytona Beach plastic surgeon) and The Honorable Sandra Mortham (exec. vice president and CEO of the Florida Medical Association); consisted of over 70 major doctors.

-Ag for Bush Coalition:  Chairs - Bill Becker (citrus), Commissioner Charles Bronson (Agriculture Cabinet Member) and June Duda (rancher).  Together, they led a team of over 75 other agriculturalists from Florida as co-chairs. 

-Lawyers for Bush Coalition:  Chairs - Carol Licko, Roberto Martinez and David Brown.  Together they had more than 85 lawyers who participated as the other co-chairs.  Lawyers signed endorsement cards to participate on Election Day.  There were many training sessions that occurred throughout the state to teach them specifics on election laws. 

Note. Numbers above for co-chairs of the various coalitions do not include the actual number of volunteers these groups really had, just the co-chairs.

Florida Victory 2004
Victory Director Stephen Shiver
(and RPOF executive director of political affairs since May 2004, succeeding Geoffrey Becker; see below)  Previously served as the RPOF's deputy director of political affairs.  Worked for former state House Speaker Tom Feeney and for former Lt. Gov. Frank Brogan.
72-Hour Director Andy Palmer
(Started Feb. 2004)  Formerly employed in Governor Bush's Office of Policy and Budget.
Voter Registration Coordinator Clint Fuhrman
Experience includes special assistant to Gov. Jeb Bush.
Absentee Ballot Coordinators Brandon Vidrine
Kerry Baldwin

Election Day Coordinator Brandi Brown
also Early Vote
Voter Vault Coordinator Sarah Anderson

Field Staff
Started with 26 field staff and 22 regions.  Initial hires in May and June.  Finished with about 40 field staff.

Campus Outreach Coordinator Ginny Geiger
about 10 college coordinators
also church coordinators 

[67 County Level Organizations (volunteer): Steering Committee, Coalitions (example)]


Republican Party of Florida | 420 E. Jefferson Street | PO Box 311 | Tallahassee 
Chairman/National Committeewoman Carole Jean Jordan
Elected Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida in January 2003.  Sought the Republican nomination in Florida’s 15th CD in 1994, finishing a close second.  President of the Florida Federation of Republican Women, 1993-98.  Resides in Vero Beach (Indian River County) and owns, with her husband, Jordan Irrigation and Landscape, Inc.. 
Assistant to the Chairman/Travel Coordinator Sara Busk
Executive Assistant to the Chairman & General Counsel/Director for Financial Affairs Renee Hall
General Counsel & Director of Financial Affairs Robert Sechen
Deputy Director for Financial Affairs Dawn Hanson
Executive Director of Political Affairs/Victory Director Stephen Shiver
Executive Assistant to Executive Director of Political Affairs & Executive Director of Party Development Kelly Porter
Administrative Assistant Richard Franklin
Receptionist Kelley Howes


Comptroller Richard Swarttz


Finance Director Michelle Querry


Director of Senate Campaigns Joel Springer


Director of House Campaigns Frank Terraferma


Communications Director Joseph Agostini


Regional Political Director, Central Florida Mike Hanna
Regional Political Director, South Florida Jim Brodie

Party Development

Executive Director of Party Development Terry Kester
Deputy Director of Party Development Christina Sheppard


Senior Advisor - Mindy Tucker Fletcher
(Starting September 2004)  Counselor to the California Republican Party and advisor to the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign in California.  Communications director at the RNC, 2002.  Director of public affairs for the U.S. Department of Justice.  National press secretary on Bush's 2000 presidential campaign, and chief spokesperson for the recount.  Worked on then-Gov. George W. Bush's 1998 re-election campaign.  Deputy communications director at the NRCC, 1997.  Worked five years on the Washington staff of Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX).  Graduate of Southern Methodist University with B.B.A. degree, 1992.

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