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Team Ron DeSantis announces new stats and staff

The campaign of Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis announced more than two dozen new hires Friday as well as some stats on phone banking and door-knocking outreach.

Since Sept. 1, Team DeSantis has made more than 100,000 phone calls and knocked on more than 40,000 doors to spread the word for the Ponte Vedra Congressman’s campaign.

Those figures don’t include the outreach efforts of the Republican Party of Florida or Rick Scott’s Senate campaign, which will join the gubernatorial battle at the top of the ticket in November.

The team’s “multi-million-dollar field program” also saw them add another half-dozen directors to handle various aspects of the general election campaign. Samantha Mims has been hired on as data director; Patrick Johnson is the new director of advance; Tyler Russel was named surrogate director; Courtney Veatch will direct the campaign’s election day operations; and Peter Cuderman and Cody Hanshaw will each oversee a team of deputies in their roles as coalitions director and field director, respectively.

The campaign’s expansion announcement comes a few weeks after DeSantis easily won the Republican primary for Florida governor while his Democratic opponent, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, earned his party’s nomination in what was considered a surprise upset.

Most polls released since DeSantis and Gillum earned their spots on the November ballot have shown Gillum with a slight lead, usually within each poll’s margin of error.

Election Day is Nov. 6.

The list of coalitions directors under Cuderman:

— Hispanic Coalitions Coordinator Fabio Andrade

— Jewish Coalition Coordinator Derek Silver

— Minorities Coalition Coordinator Latanya Peterson

— Women Coalitions Chair Nancy McGowan

— Veterans Coalition Coordinator Kris Hager

The list of regional directors under Hanshaw:

— Brevard Regional Field Director Scott Read

— Ft. Myers Regional Field Director Sean Kempton

— Gainesville Regional Field Director Conner Mann

— Hillsborough Regional Field Director Joe LaFauci

— Jacksonville Regional Field Director Garrett Mann

— Miami Regional Field Director Luis Rodriguez

— Orlando Regional Field Director Andrew Forst

— Orlando Regional Field Director Sarah Gibson

— Pensacola Regional Field Director Chancer Teel

— Pinellas Regional Field Director Ben Hudson

— Sarasota Regional Field Director JR Kennelly

— Tallahassee Regional Field Director Preston Wilson

— West Palm Beach Regional Field Director John Rich

Written By

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.

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