With the announcement of a Broward County campaign organization on Friday, GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush is enjoying a wave endorsements from more than 130 state leaders, including 20 of Florida’s 26 state senators.
Earlier this month, Florida House Speakers for Jeb and the Jeb!2016 Miami-Dade County Campaign Leadership announced the support of three Florida Cabinet members and 11 congressional representatives from the Florida delegation.
This latest outpouring from Broward comes as the former Florida governor struggles in home state polling. Donald Trump and Ben Carson, among others, are leading the pack recently by appealing to voters looking toward candidates with strong anti-establishment messages.
Broward County Republicans lining up behind Bush include former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux of Fort Lauderdale as honorary campaign chair; state Rep. George Moraitis and County Commissioner Chip LaMarca are county co-chairs.
According to a statement from Bush campaign officials, the initial Broward County campaign list includes:
Jeb 2016! Broward County Campaign Organization:
U.S. Sen. George LeMieux*
State Rep. George Moraitis
Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca*
Campaign Committee Chairs
Campaign Committee Organizational Chairs
Campaign Committee Co-Chairs
Dr. Miya Burt-Stewart
Berthy De La Rosa-Aponte
Georgette Sosa Douglas
Dr. Art Keiser
Elaine Miceli Vasquez
Sheela Van Hoose
Levi Williams, Jr.
Bob Wolfe, Jr.
Zach Zachariah, M.D.
Broward County Campaign Leadership
Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Bruce Roberts
Mayor of Lighthouse Point Glenn Troast
Lighthouse Point City Commissioner Michael Long
Oakland Park City Commissioner Shari McCartney
Hollywood City Commissioner Patty Asseff
Hillsboro Beach City Commissioner Victoria Feaman
Broward County Republican Party State Committeeman Rico Petrocelli*
South Broward Hospital District Commissioner Laura Raybin Miller
Florida Senate President James A. Scott (1994-1996)
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle (1991-2009)
Coral Springs Mayor Vincent Boccard (2012-2014)
Coral Springs Vice-Mayor Tom Powers (2008-2014)
Broward County Court Judge Catalina Avalos (2005-2009)
Broward County Republican Party State Committeeman Ed Kennedy (1996-2000, 2004-2012)
Ileana Almeida Esq.
Dr. Luis Barreras
Phyllis Bulkan, M.D.
Joseph Cobo, Sr.
Phillip George, M.D.
Mary George, MD
Dr. Ivan Lavernia
Gladys C. Millan
George Morgan, Jr.
Dr. Tiffany Sizemore-Ruiz
Joe Thomas, D.D.S.
Alexander Zachariah, Esq.
*Indicates former chair of the Broward County Republican Executive Committee