Personnel note: Alex Garcia named state Hispanic director for RNC

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The Republican Party of Florida, in coordination with the Republican National Committee, announced the hiring of Alex Garcia as Florida State Hispanic Director, as well as  Lourdes Aguirre and Jeanette Quinones-Hernandez as Florida Hispanic Field Directors. Garcia will oversee the GOP’s Hispanic engagement efforts in Florida.

“I’m excited to welcome Alex, Lourdes, and Jeannette to our Florida team. Their expertise and experience in the Hispanic community is very important and will be an asset to our team as we look forward to 2014 and beyond,” said Florida GOP chairman Lenny Curry.  “I’m confident they will help us build an effective ground operation and mobilize Florida’s strong Hispanic community to compete for every single vote.”

“We’re building the most expansive field program the GOP has ever seen, and we’re doing it earlier than ever before,” said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. “Republicans have never made this kind of investment in an off year. The RNC will be in communities engaging with and listening to voters where they live, work, and worship–not months, but years before Election Day. Our State Directors will play key roles in building a permanent field operation to be successful in elections this year, in 2014, in 2016, and beyond.”

Bios on the new staffers:

Alex Garcia is the Florida State Hispanic Director for the Republican National Committee. Prior to joining the RNC, Alex spent over four years working in the Florida Legislature as a Legislative Aide for Senator Anitere Flores and Representative Michael Bileca. As deputy campaign manager for the Anitere Flores for State Senate campaign in 2010, Alex became familiar with the fundamentals of grassroots campaigning. Additionally, he served as campaign manager for the Michael Bileca for State Representative campaign. Alex holds his B.Sc. from Florida International University’s College of Nursing and Health Science.

Jeannette Quinones-Hernandez is the Hispanic Field Director for Florida (Central Florida). Jeannette grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico and moved to Central Florida in 1989. Jeanette is an experienced manager and supervisor, and has volunteered in the community and in the political arena, working with the Marco Rubio for Senate campaign in 2010 and with Governor Mitt Romney’s Hispanic Outreach efforts. Jeannette is a member of First Baptist Church of Orlando; she currently lives in Orlando with her husband.

Lourdes Aguirre is the Hispanic Field Director for Florida (South Florida). She was previously the Executive Producer of “Eres America”, a television, radio and internet-based program. Lourdes sits on the board of Mujeres de Esperanza, an influential Hispanic Faith Based organization, and is a member of the Hispanic Association of Pastors in Miami-Dade County and serves as an active Executive Committee member for special events. Lourdes is a wife and mother of four daughters ages 10 thru 29.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.