Tallahassee, Fla. – Republican Candidate Holly Benson today announced her statewide leadership team in 16 of Florida’s largest counties in her race to become the next Attorney General of the State of Florida.
Benson’s Statewide County Leaders
Margaret Tidmore, Past President Panama City Federated Republican Women, Bay County
Bobby Roberts, former Bay County REC Chairman, Bay County
Michael G. De Gruccio, Secretary of Broward Republican Party, Broward County
Felicia Anderson, Broward County
Kathy Breitmoser Hartland, Esq., Duval County
Chris Gaston, Duval County
Meghan Tarsitano, Secretary of Jacksonville Young Republicans, Duval County
Janice Gilley, former County Commissioner & member of the School Board, Escambia County
Tom Thompson, Escambia County
Katharine Thompson, Escambia County
Sarah Zieman Martinez, Leon County
Carlos Lacasa, Former Florida State Representative, Miami-Dade County
Maria D. Garcia, Esq., Miami-Dade County
Dr. Alexis Tibbetts, Superintendent of Okaloosa County School District, Okaloosa County
Christina Dixon, Orange County
Mary “Molly” A. Cox, Esq., Orange County
Regina Bereswill, former Oviedo Councilwoman, Seminole County
Cindy Drago, Seminole County
Kimberly Mitchell, President of West Palm Beach City Commission, Palm Beach County
Alan Suskey, Pinellas County
Frank Gregoire, Pinellas County
David Shepp, Polk County
Eric Robinson, CPA, Former Sarasota County REC Chairman, Sarasota County
Nan Weaver, Past President of Escambia Federal Women’s Club & District Director for former
Congressman Joe Scarborough, St. Johns County
Pamela Langham, Esq., Santa Rosa County
Lane Rees, Walton County
Brenda Rees, Walton County
“We have tremendous grassroots support across the state, and I am honored that these leaders would join our team to coordinate our efforts in their communities,” said Benson. “These leaders will be leading the outreach efforts in their communities, and they will be joined by the thousands who have signed up to join our team.”
“With a little more than a month before the primary on August 24, we are continuing to build momentum across the state and talking about the issues that are most important to Floridians – how the next Attorney General will continue the fight against Obamacare, cut red tape to help Florida’s entrepreneurs and secure our borders. Voters across the state are demanding a return to our conservative principles, and I look forward to leading that effort as Attorney General,” concluded Benson.
Holly Benson announced her candidacy for Attorney General for the State of Florida on October 29, 2009. Until her announcement, Benson served as Secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration. In that role, Benson worked to significantly reduce Medicaid fraud and to hold health care providers accountable. In addition, she worked to streamline the regulatory process and reduce the regulatory burden for providers and consumers while never compromising the safeguards protecting the health and well-being of patients.
Prior to her appointment as Secretary of the AHCA, Secretary Benson served as Secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. As head of DBPR she led a team that improved customer service and reduced the red tape taxes that drive up costs for Florida’s businesses and professionals. The Department is responsible for licensing over 1 million Floridians.
Before her appointment to the Governor’s Cabinet, Secretary Benson served the people of Pensacola and Gulf Breeze for six years as their representative in the Florida House of Representatives. During her tenure in the legislature, Secretary Benson earned a reputation for tackling tough issues. As Chair of the Select Committee on Article V, she led the successful reorganization of the state court system. As Chair of the Committee on State Administration, she updated the state’s procurement code. In addition, as Chair of the Health and Families Council she addressed the tough health care access issues that touch the lives of all Floridians.
Secretary Benson is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Florida College of Law. She practiced municipal bond law with Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C. from 1996 to her appointment as Secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation in 2007.
Benson has served on the Florida Council of 100, the Council on Efficient Government and the Board of Directors of the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation. She is a member of First Methodist Church and a former member of the Downtown Rotary. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science and the Board of Directors of the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce.
For more information on the Holly Benson for Attorney General Campaign, please visit www.hollybenson.com.
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