Brandon is a political organizer at heart. His passion for politics began in high school as an advocate for Florida’s youth tobacco prevention program. In addition to lobbying his state legislature on behalf of the tobacco prevention program, Brandon’s political involvement has included work on local political campaigns as well as state and federal/national races. His involvement in local politics includes being a member of the Orange County Democratic Executive Committee (DEC) as a precinct committeeman, and working to ensure his fellow peers are educated about the issues that affect them daily. Brandon has worked on various campaigns in the Orlando area, including managing a robust voter registration program for Southwest Orlando and managing a highly successful voter outreach program on a college campus during the 2016 election. In 2016, he was elected to serve as a Congressional District level delegate for Hillary Clinton & helped to nominate her as the first woman to ever be nominated by a major political party for President.
Brandon’s hobbies include spending time with & traveling with his husband, playing trumpet in the local LGBTQ+ community band, & hanging out with friends.
Matthew has fifteen years of experience in project management, process improvement, and business analysis. He has built a career around always being the person to find ways to do things smarter while leveraging technology for what it was intended for. The ease of communication and the ability to work effectively within your organization. This approach has allowed employers to streamline many of their operations. Thus allowing organizations the ability to find the necessary time for side projects that could be vital to the organizations long term goals. In addition, allowing colleagues to balance their home and work life more effectively. Something that we all are having a hard time finding in today’s modern work environment.
Matthew currently works at The Institute of Internal Auditors as a Project Manager and Business Analyst. He also is serving on his Homeowners Association Board of Directors for six years now, was a Fellow for Hillary for America Campaign, and volunteers from time-to-time at the Second Harvest Food Bank.
Originally from Indiana, Jack moved to Orlando in 2004. He was a theatre major at Indiana State University and arrived on an internship with Walt Disney World. Since then, Jack has worked in hospitality and retail in Central Florida. After meeting his husband in 2006, Jack has been politically involved supporting his husband in his journey through politics. Jack became involved with Greater Orlando Team Hillary in the 2016 presidential election. Jack joined the Rainbow Democrats to be more involved with the community and to make a better and brighter tomorrow.
Sammy has had a lifelong passion for community building and working for an Orange County, Florida, and America, that works for all. It was through their involvement in a faith community and extra-curricular that is open and inclusive that Sammy found their passion for social justice and working to improve the community. From that, Sammy grew competencies in public speaking, LGBTQIA+ advocacy, and grassroots work. After completing their secondary schooling at the local Winter Park High School, Sammy attended Heidelberg University and earned a Bachelor’s in Political Science.
Since then, Sammy has volunteered for the Obama 2012 Campaign, the Sanders 2016 Primary Campaign, the 2018 campaigns of Carlos Guillermo Smith, the coordinated campaign for Florida Senator Bill Nelson and Andrew Gillum, and Anna Eskamani. They also did an internship in Flint, MI to advocate for water quality.
Before moving to Florida, Margo lived in Virginia. Margo did work on environmental issues including Wild and Scenic Rivers legislation, supporting the designation of New River in W. Va. as Wild and Scenic River, opposing the Hampton Roads Power Plant construction on the Chesapeake Bay, and participating in numerous other local conservation efforts.
Margo’s main political journey started a number of years after moving to Orlando when she worked on the Gore campaign in 2000. Since then, she has worked at some level in every presidential campaign and many other local campaigns.
Margo has helped to build visibility and grassroots by sponsoring booths in every Pride Parade for nine (9) years sometimes hosting and manning multiple Democratic and candidate booths. She has also organized and manned booths at several Gay Days Expos and at other Lake Eola festivals. These activities always included voter registration efforts resulting in the registration of hundreds of people.
In 2007 she and her husband, Jack, were founding members of Greater Orlando Team Hillary (GOTH) which was a grassroots organization supporting Hillary Clinton for President. After her primary loss in 2008, they threw their support Barrack Obama and worked on both of his campaigns.
She kept GOTH alive and reinvigorated it in 2013 when it was rumored that Hillary would make another run for President. She built this grassroots group into an organization of over 1200 people.
While building GOTH, she also became founding members of Ready for Hillary Super PAC and worked with the Super PAC to build grassroots support until Hillary officially announced her candidacy.
Once Hillary announced that she was running, the Primary season began and Margo was appointed as a member of the Hillary for America Florida Leadership Council. The Florida Leadership Council served as the in-state leadership for the campaign, amplifying the campaign’s national voice to Florida families, aiding the campaign with rapid response, organization building, grassroots organizing events, recruiting volunteer leaders, and identifying leaders for the Get-Out-The-Vote activities.
She ran the Central Florida Primary effort for Hillary Clinton from April 2015 to March 2016. Margo was appointed Central Florida Regional Lead responsible for nine (9) counties in Central Florida. They organized, opened, and manned the Hillary for America Primary Office at the International Painters and Allied Trades union hall. Margo and Jack also hosted several fundraisers for Hillary during the primary becoming official “Hillraisers”.
During both the primary and general election seasons, they hosted numerous watch parties either at their house or at The Hammered Lamb for every debate and other major campaign events. While these were focused on Hillary, they always included and introduced other local Democratic candidates and luminaries and gave them an opportunity to speak thus exposing them to a wider community.
Margo was appointed by the Hillary Clinton campaign to be Delegate-At-Large at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
After the Primary was over, she continued to support the Clinton campaign throughout the entire post-primary season – supporting the FDP, rallying grassroots for events, organizing volunteers, and supporting numerous events. During this time and in support of many events, Margo was the Assistant to Central Florida Press Secretary and the Assistant to Advance Team for Motorcade support.
In addition to their political activism, Margo and Jack are also active in the local community in other ways. With others, they have done fundraisers for local charities including St. Francis House (a shelter for homeless men with HIV/AIDS), Hope and Help, The GLBT Community Center of Central Florida, the Harvey Milk Foundation, and for several local theater groups. They have been recognized six times by the Watermark’s annual Wave Awards as “Greatest Straight Allies for the Central Florida GLBT Community”.
Rafael E Piñero, MD
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