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GOP Senate hopeful Todd Wilcox announces his finance team

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A day after announcing his leadership team headed by Chris LaCivita (the former top strategist for 2004’s Swift Boat Veterans for Truth team), Todd Wilcox has unveiled his statewide finance committee.

“As our campaign continues to build momentum, I am proud to announce these Florida business icons as founding members of our finance team and am honored to have their support,” Wilcox said in a statement. “As a first-time candidate, I recognize that the professional politicians in this race have access to political insiders that give them an advantage. I am the outsider in this race, and that is a label I proudly wear.”

Heading the list is Charles Gray, the chairman and founding director of Gray Robinson, a legal firm with branches across Florida.

Five other men are part of the finance team:

Rick Michaels, who founded the worldwide Tampa-based Communications Equity Associates to provide service to cable industry clients who needed financial expertise.

George Livingston, the founder and chairman of NAI Realvest and Chairman and CEO of Realvest Development and CommerCenters.

Michael Munz, the president of PR and Social Group of the Dalton Agency.

Peter Rummell, a real estate entrepreneur and head of the Rummell Company in Duval County. Rummell is the former chairman of Walt Disney Imagineering, the company’s design and creative division responsible for theme park development.

And Ned Siegel, the former U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas under President George W. Bush.

The Orlando-based Wilcox is a former Special Forces commander and CIA veteran who announced his candidacy for Florida last summer. He said at the time he hoped to raise approximately $13 million in the race, where he faces congressmen David Jolly and Ron DeSantis and Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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