Two Democrats seeking their party’s nomination for governor announced the addition of new staff members as the campaigns begin to gear up for the primary in August.
Both former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum announced the additions Thursday morning.
Levine’s campaign says it has hired Max Flugrath to serve as its communications director. Until last week, Flugarth had served as the communications director for the Florida House Democratic Office. The announcement was made by Levine Campaign Manager Matthew Van Name.
“As Florida Democrats continue to rally around Mayor Philip Levine’s energy and progressive vision, our team is growing to help ensure that we have the infrastructure to bring our message to voters throughout Florida,” Van Name stated in a news release. “We are thrilled to bring Max on board to implement a robust communications strategy that effectively connects the mayor’s vision and proven record of success with Floridians in each corner of our state.”
Meanwhile, Gillum’s Campaign Manager Brendan McPhillips issued a release announcing two key appointments.
“We’re thrilled to announce Phillip Jerez as our Political Director and Lindsay Pollard as our Deputy Finance Director,” McPhillips said. “Both Phillip and Lindsay bring strong relationships across Florida to this race, and they’re both going to help make the difference in the August primary and November general election.”
Jerez most recently worked for U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. A graduate of Columbia University, Jerez also worked as a high school teacher in Miami-Dade County.
Pollard is the co-founder of Diverse Strategy Group and works as its finance consultant. He previously worked as a finance consultant for the Gillum for Governor campaign.
Both the Levine and Gillum campaigns received a boost in the most recent Gravis Marketing poll released earlier this week showing them as the top two candidates on the Democratic side. Levine jumped into his first lead with 13 percent, followed by Gillum with 11 percent and former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham falling to third with percent. Sixty-four of the voters surveyed in the poll were undecided.