It’s well known that Florida is recognized across the country as the biggest battleground state in this year’s election — with its 29 electoral votes and historically tight election results.
The state’s outsized role this year and the final push to Nov. 3 are not lost on Equality Florida.
The influential LGBT advocacy organization stated this month that the Sunshine State has “the most important political real estate” in the U.S.
So EQFL has made a bold move — hiring new staff that now comprise the largest elections team in its 23-year history — a total of 16 field organizers and field fellows across the state.
The new hires and the organization’s election focus also comprise the largest state LGBT electoral program in the country, EQFL said.
“We live in the most important political real estate in the country,” Wes Davis, EQFL’s field director said in a statement. “Pro-equality voters will make the difference on Election Day. We are thrilled to bring together some of the most talented minds in Florida’s LGBTQ movement.”
The new hires come in the midst of what is already the group’s biggest election program and at a time when many polls show not only a tight presidential race, but tight down-ballot races as well.
Davis said more than 560,000 pro-equality voters in Florida would be mobilized in some way by EQFL this election cycle. The group has already contacted more than 717,000, filled 700 volunteer shifts and held 30 virtual grassroots events, he said.
“Our team reflects the state's diversity and prioritizes the issues LGBTQ Floridians care about,” Davis said.
Meet the team
- Yordanos Molla is a senior field organizer in Tampa. She was previously an organizer at the Black Youth Project 100 and Advocates for Youth.
- Salvatore Vieira is a field organizer in Orlando. He previously worked as a field organizer in Central Florida for Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign and was part of Organizing Together 2020.
- Sebastian Leon is a field organizer located in Miami. He is a Colombian-born graduate of the University of South Florida with a degree in history and political science. He previously worked for Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Kathy Castor.
- Benjamin Stinson-Hurwitz is a field organizer located in St. Petersburg. He has deep roots in Pinellas County and has volunteered with EQFL for many years. He studied political science at Florida International University.
The EQFL field fellows are Ariel Colin-Castruita (Sarasota), Brenno Da Mota (Orlando), Chanz McIntosh (Orlando), Francesca Catena (Miami), Logan Buffa (Tallahassee), Mars D’Amico (Deltona), Recquel James (Poinciana), Skoervitch Emile (Tampa), Alexandra Igoe (Lakeland) and Kristoph Marczinkowski (Lakeland). Ignacia Araya is a public policy fellow in Miami.
More information is available at EqFL.org