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Hillary Clinton’s Florida campaign headquarters will be based in Tampa

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More details are emerging regarding Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in Florida.

According to a memo from Craig Smith with Hillary for America, the campaign’s Florida headquarters will be in Tampa, though a specific site has not been announced as of yet. Though rumors had circulated that Tampa would be the central office, that was not confirmed until Tuesday.

Last Friday it was learned that Simone Ward, who has served as political director for the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee for the past year, will be the state campaign director Clinton in the Sunshine State.

The Deputy State Director will be Florida native Reggie Cordozo (pictured on right), who has been working as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the General Services Administration. He previously served as political director for the 2012 Obama For America campaign. In between he worked as White House liason at GSA, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration.

Cordozo is an FSU grad, and he also worked on Scott Maddux’ unsuccessful campaign for agriculture commissioner in 2010.

The memo also states that Scott Arcenaux, the executive director with the Florida Democratic Party, who will play a “senior role in all aspects of the campaign.”

“Unfortunately for Hillary Clinton, opening a Florida headquarters will not change the fact that voters are unhappy with her reputation of dishonesty and unsuccessful record as Secretary of State,” says Republican Party of Florida spokesman Wadi Gaitan. “Our nation is eager for a transparent leader that will fight for an effective government while creating economic opportunity for all Americans.”

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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