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RPOF Announces Executive Director & Communications Team

Brad Herold to Lead RPOF, Wadi Gaitan to Lead Communications Team

Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) Chairman Blaise Ingoglia today announced that Brad Herold will serve as the executive director of the RPOF, taking over the post and duties as of today. Ingoglia also announced that Wadi Gaitan will serve as the communications director, with Mallory Deason joining him as press secretary. Gaitan will take over RPOF communications starting May 13, 2015, with Deason starting on May 11, 2015.

“I am very excited about the future of the party with these three critical hires,” said Chairman Ingoglia. "Our vision for 2016 is simple – energize the party, activate our grassroots and reach all of the voters with our message – whether in English or Spanish. I know that these professionals will make it their daily mission to serve the party faithful and help elect Republicans to office.”

“I would also like to extend a sincere thank you to our team of volunteers who served the Republican Party of Florida during the transition,” said Chairman Ingoglia. “David Johnson, who served as interim executive director, brought years of experience to the table and helped guide the Republican Party of Florida during this time, and I am grateful for his daily guidance and commitment to making the Party successful. I would also like to extend a sincere thank you to Sarah Bascom, who served as the interim communications director and played an integral role in helping craft our message as we move into this new era, as well as Lyndsey Cruley, who served as interim press secretary, and Pablo Diaz, who served an advisory role on the transition team. These professionals took their personal time to serve the Party during this transition, and I am personally grateful for their time and dedication to the Republican Party of Florida.”

Herold, who has been deputy executive director of the party since January, most recently served as deputy state director for U.S. Senator Marco Rubio. Herold also managed Mike McFadden’s campaign for U.S. Senate in Minnesota against incumbent Senator Al Franken. Herold has also run campaigns for the RPOF and former Florida House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, as well as worked in the administrations of former Speaker Will Weatherford and Governor Rick Scott.

Gaitan most recently served as press secretary for the U.S. House of Representatives Republican Conference. During the 2014 campaign cycle he joined Congressman Carlos Curbelo's campaign as communications director. Aside from Miami, Gaitan has worked on campaigns in Modesto, Calif., and Boston, Mass. He holds a bachelor's degree in Communication from the University of Maryland.

Deason most recently served as the manager of public relations for Enterprise Florida, Inc., where she assisted with proactive messages and external communication. Prior to that, Mallory served in Governor Rick Scott’s press office in various roles, including as deputy press secretary. Deason received a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Auburn University in May 2012.

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