Craig Miller announces finance team for Senate bid

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Orlando businessman Craig Miller announced on Tuesday that he’s named five finance co-chairmen for his U.S. Senate campaign, reports the News Service of Florida. Ken Bradley, Armando Gutierrez, Jr., Gale Lemerand, Doug Long, and Dick Rivera will help Miller raise money for the Republican. Bradley is a former Winter Park mayor and now is senior vice president of Winter Park Memorial Hospital. Gutierrez is Florida co-chairman of the Texas-based Maverick PAC and has been a Republican activist in central Florida. Lemerand, who built a large insulation contracting business, owns major interests in nearly 30 restaurants and is co-founder of the Stonewood Grill chain and an author. He’s also one of the largest donors to the University of Florida. Long was co-founder of, Orlando-based consulting firm Covendium, that specializes in commercial debt restructuring. Long also co-founded mortgage company Pinnacle Financial Corporation. Rivera, of Sarasota, is the managing member of Rubicon Enterprises, a restaurant development and management consulting company.

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