With a new poll released this week indicating his campaign might be catching hold with some voters, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King announced Thursday the expansion of his campaign across the critical I-4 corridor in Central Florida.
King named Lisa Perry to serve as his campaign’s regional director for the Tampa Bay area, while choosing Tess Martin to serve as his Central Florida regional director.
“We’re excited to grow our capacity in the crucial I-4 corridor to help spread Chris King’s message of fresh ideas and new leadership that rejects the conventional politics of the past,” campaign manager Zach Learner said. “Tess and Lisa will help share Chris’s bold, progressive solutions with Democrats in Central Florida and the Tampa Bay area who want leaders with the courage to stand up to special interests like Big Sugar and the NRA.”
King’s campaign points out both women are known for their progressive activism in local politics.
Perry served as the Pinellas County chair for Women’s March Florida, in which she was responsible for mobilizing thousands of volunteers and activists around key progressive issues. She also worked with the Florida Immigrant Coalition and the “Fight for $15” movement.
Martin, who has been a grassroots organizer for various progressive causes across Florida, is co-founder and president of “Speak Out Brevard” and managed Sanjay Patel’s congressional campaign in FL-08 earlier this year.
Earlier this week, a poll released by Florida Atlantic University showed King, an Orlando-area businessman, moving up some in the four-person race for the Democratic nomination for governor. King, who has consistently come in fourth in prior polls with single-digit percentages, received 10 percent of the responses from voters in the FAU survey. That was good enough to move him into third place ahead of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who received 6 percent.
Former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham still lead the Democratic race with 16 percent and 15 percent, respectively.