LOCAL LEADERSHIP POSITIONS FILLED FOR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES
At least in a couple of cases, the presidential campaigns are beginning to announce individuals to head up their grass roots efforts in counties across the Sunshine State.
Here in Polk County, the Rudy Giuliani campaign has named former local GOP Chairman and county commissioner Jerry Carter of Winter Haven to lead his local effort. Back in July, fellow Republican candidate Mitt Romney named Lake Wales health care business owner Linda Pilkington to his "Women for Mitt Steering Committee" and Amy Speer, who works with Lifetimewater Solutions, to his "Young Professionals for Mitt Steering Committee". His co-chairs in Polk County are local Republican Executive Committee chairman Eric Allen of Lakeland and senior PR professional Fernando Valverde of Solvita.
One thing you will notice when looking at the list of Romney's support groups in Florida: Obviously, his visits to Central Florida have paid off, as they are loaded with people from the Tampa Bay area.