Joe Biden campaign announces Florida leadership team

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Jasmine Burney-Clark, Phillip Jerez and Jackie Lee will head up Sunshine State efforts.

President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign has announced its leadership team in Florida.

Jasmine Burney-Clark, the founder of Equal Ground, will serve as the campaign’s state director. Meanwhile, Phillip Jerez, the Florida Democratic Party’s (FDP) Executive Director, and Jackie Lee, an Orlando political consultant, will serve as senior advisers to the campaign.

The hires were first reported by Gary Fineout in POLITICO.

FDP Chair Nikki Fried cheered the hires, which she saw as a clear sign that the campaign will be fighting for Florida’s 30 electoral votes in November.

“Florida is the battleground for all our rights and freedoms and we are leading the fight to protect democracy — not just for our state but for the entire country,” Fried said. “Phillip, Jackie, and Jasmine understand that we are the last line of defense and are ready to prove all the critics wrong. Florida is winnable and worth fighting for.”

In her capacity with Equal Ground, Burney-Clark has worked to grow the political power of Black voters in Florida. Her organization is leading a legal challenge to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ congressional map on concerns it diminishes the ability of North Florida Black communities to elect Representatives of their choice.

Jerez has led staff operations at FDP since June and, before that, worked as the Deputy Director of Engagement for U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.

Lee, founder of JLee Strategies, is a veteran of Biden’s campaign operations and served as a senior adviser for his 2020 campaign. She also served as former President Barack Obama’s General Election director in Florida in 2008. With Biden as a running mate, Obama won Florida in both 2008 and 2012, the last time a Democrat won Florida’s electoral votes for President.

The hires came shortly after Vice President Kamala Harris’ high-profile visit to Parkland and after Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff appeared in Florida to launch the Hispanic outreach initiative Latinos con Biden-Harris.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • rick whitaker

    April 1, 2024 at 2:37 pm

    florida, show these fine dems some respect. get behind them and let’s help rid florida of it’s maga cultist problem. you owe it to the future and those of us that plan on living in a free sharing and loving society. maga future is a god damned nightmare.

  • Flash Light

    April 2, 2024 at 9:40 pm

    Contact the DNC and Jaime Harrison to ask for monies to help: Pass Amendments 3 & 4, Vote out Supreme Court Justices Francis and Sasso, Defeat Rick Scott, Add dems to seats in the FL House & Senate, and Defeat Moms for Liberty and other extreme candidates in local races for city councils, schools and hospitals.

  • Flash Light

    April 2, 2024 at 9:47 pm

    Womens’ reproductive rights aren’t the only issue. Loss of Medicaid benefits, threats to Medicare & Social Security, social justice and civil rights threats, environmental concerns, overpopulation and home affordability, and loosening of gun laws affect most Floridians.
    Florida needs balanced government, not a mono-state.

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