Following her announcement that she plans to file to run for the state Senate, state Rep. Rachel Burgin, R-Riverview, has named the members of her grassroots leadership team.
Over the weekend, Burgin declared her intention to run for the District 24 Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Ronda Storms, R-Valrico. Last week, Storms announced her plans to abandon her bid for reelection to the Senate to run for Hillsborough County property appraiser.
Burgin will run against former Senate President Tom Lee, R-Brandon, who announced his intention to run for the Senate seat last week.
Since making her announcement, Burgin said she's been pleased with the support she's receiving.
“I am overwhelmed and encouraged by the outpouring of support I have received since announcing my plans to run for the Florida Senate," she said.
Burgin added that she's put together a grassroots leadership team that reflects the diversity of District 24, which includes Sun City Center, Riverview, Valrico, Mango, Seffner, FishHawk Ranch, Plant City, Dover, New Tampa and the University of South Florida area.
“Our campaign for the Florida Senate is being driven by the diverse needs and interests of District 24 and the community of people," she said. "I am incredibly thankful to these grassroots leaders who have come together for our common purpose of better government.”
Members of the team include Rodney and Martha Akers, Ralph and June Ambrose, Brad and Stacey Avery, Annie Baker, Sam Ballinger, George P. and Cynthia L. Black, Sharon Boggs, Steve and Laura Brady, Chuck and Darlene Brady, Liz Brewer, Bruce and Donya Browning, Josh and Jamie Burgin, Thomas and Rachel Burgin, Caleb and Sasha Burgin, Natalie and Letty Burgin, Janet Capezza, John and Erica Catlin, Vance Catlin, Tom Chisano, Kelly Clem, Courtney Clem, Mari Pridemore Colgan, Scott and Traci Cooley, Pete Cooprider, Travis and Leeann Crabtree, Marvin and Amy Daniels, Cliff and Patty Denison, Brian Dolan, Missy Duncan, Jim and Mary Fales, Sarah Fechtel, Brittney Foley, Kathy Fortney, Tammy Folsom, Mike and Debbie Franklin, Gen. Brian and Retha Geehan, David and Christy Gelatt. Rafael Gonzalez, Mike and Cheryl Grover, Michelle Hanchett, Stan and Carolyn Hankins, Rhonda Hardee, Hillary Hartline, Bob and Linda Hawsey, Jason and Julie Hawsey, Pat Henderson, Jane Hendrick, Danny and Debbie Hodges, Erich and April Holmquist, Col. Chuck Hoskinson, Karen Howell, Bill and Angy Keagy, Jack and Tammy Kincaid, Annette Knecht, Daniel and Tiffany Kroese, Randy and Judy Lassiter, Heather Lee, David Leneberg, Coach and Debbie Lewis, Rick and Susan Lewis, Nicole Liles, Jeff Lukens, Eddie and Nita Lyndall, Steve and Sandra Machell, Muhogo and Paulina Marwa, Patty McClure, Mark and Felicia McDonald, Ralph and Susan McIntosh, David and Gretchen Mendonsa, Sherry Miller, Jason Montes. Vicki Moon, Josh and Pam Moore, Jeffery and Christian Muffoletto, Mary Odell, Dr. Charles Pope, Russ Rickon, Brian and Kristen Riley, Jason and Candace Roberts, Westley and Sheri Rounds, Fran Schabert, David and Kaylyn Schmidt, Monica Scott, Col. William Shackelford, Dan and Maria Silva, Eleanor Simmons, Cora Simon, Mark Smith, Melissa Sosa, David and Nicole Spence, Rob and Darla Spradlin, Doug and Fran Stacy, Dan and Ruth Steele, Nathan and Amanda Stills, David Storck, Scott and Amy Thomas, Nathalie Tomczak, Linda Townsend, Homer and Kathy Wall, Hannah Wall, Marjorie Walton, Ron and Faye Wetherington, Judi Whitson, Rick and Grace Wiliams, Rick and Graceanne Williams, Trevor and Bethany Williamson, Dusty and June Yaxly, Blake Creel.