News Release: Rick Scott For Florida
TALLAHASSEE, FL - Today, Governor Rick Scott is pleased to announce the appointment of State Senator John Thrasher as Chairman of his re-election campaign; Mike Fernandez and Darlene Jordan as Finance Co-Chairs; and the hiring of Melissa Sellers as Campaign Manager, Tim Saler as Deputy Campaign Manager and Matt Moon as Communications Director.
"I want to thank Senator Thrasher for agreeing to be Chairman of my re-election campaign," said Governor Scott. "He has been a trusted adviser throughout my first term, and will be a key supporter in my campaign for a second term. I also want to thank my close friends, Mike Fernandez and Darlene Jordan, for leading the effort in gathering the resources necessary for a successful re-election."
"We've made much progress over the past three years, but there is so much more to be done, and I will keep my eyes focused on Florida's future. This campaign will be about how we continue and even accelerate job creation so that every Floridian has the opportunity to prosper. I have full confidence in Melissa leading this campaign; she will do an excellent job. I'm also proud to have two enormously talented individuals in Tim and Matt joining my team. I'm confident they will effectively communicate my vision for an opportunity economy in the Sunshine State "
State Senator John Thrasher will serve as Chairman of Governor Scott's re-election campaign, and currently represents State Senate District 6, which comprises of St. Johns, Putnam and Flagler Counties as well as part of Volusia County. First elected to the State Senate in 2009, Thrasher also served in the State House of Representatives from 1992 to 2000, elected by his peers as Speaker of the House for his last term. Thrasher has also been Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, Florida co-chair for the Bush-Cheney 2004 Presidential campaign, and began his political career in 1986 in the Clay County School Board.
Mike Fernandez will be Governor Scott's re-election Finance Co-Chair, and currently serves as Chairman of MBF Healthcare Partners, a firm in Coral Gables focused on investments the healthcare industry. Fernandez has built several successful healthcare businesses and has served on the boards of the Miami Children's Hospital Foundation and Sylvester Cancer Hospital. His community service endeavors include serving on the boards of the United Way of Miami-Dade County and the University of Miami.
Darlene Jordan will serve as Governor Scott's re-election Finance Co-Chair, and has previously served as Mitt Romney's National Finance Co-Chair in 2008. Darlene Jordan is a former assistant district attorney in Boston and assistant attorney general in Massachusetts. Currently, Jordan is on the Board of Trustees at Fordham University and executive director of the Gerald R. Jordan Foundation. She and her husband, Jerry Jordan, of the financial firm Hellman, Jordan Management Co., are active philanthropists in Florida supporting a wide range of causes.
Melissa Sellers will be Campaign Manager for Governor Scott, overseeing the day-to-day operations of all functions of the re-election organization. Sellers was most recently Communications Director for the Executive Office of the Governor, and also served as Director of Regional Media for the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Originally from Texas, Sellers served as communications director for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R-La.) during his campaign for governor in 2007 and his first term in office, leading message development during Hurricanes Gustav and Ike as well as the Gulf oil spill in 2010. Sellers' last day at the Executive Office of the Governor will be Friday, January 17th.
Tim Saler will serve as Deputy Campaign Manager, overseeing the campaign's media and voter contact programs, along with political and field operations. Saler recently held the position of Deputy Executive Director for Political Strategy at the Republican Party of Florida, guiding the party's efforts on voter data, targeting, analytics, and voter contact programs. Prior to that, he was Director of Strategy at the Republican Party of Wisconsin and National Turnout Director at the Republican National Committee. Saler previously served as Executive Director of the Mississippi Republican Party, North Carolina Victory Director for the RNC, and also worked on several earlier GOP campaigns in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Matt Moon will be Communications Director for Governor Scott's campaign, and was most recently the Communications Director at the Republican Party of Florida. Moon will be coordinating message and bracketing strategy for the campaign, overseeing all press, research and rapid response efforts. Moon also served as Senior Adviser on legislative and communications efforts for U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) and was Deputy Research Director at the Republican National Committee. Moon also has experience in the private and non-profit sectors, serving in senior communications strategy roles at New Media Strategies and the Tax Foundation, both in Washington, DC. Moon has also worked on several campaigns in Alaska, where he was born and raised.