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  • Nelson Diaz

    Nelson began his political career as a volunteer in the 1996 presidential campaign, where he and other young leaders, including current U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, State Senator Anitere Flores, and former Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez Cantera, worked to build a strong Republican Party base in South Florida. Since then, Nelson has worked on numerous political campaigns at every level, from presidential and U.S. Senate races to state races for governor, cabinet offices, Florida Senate and House of Representatives, as well as local campaigns for county commission, city council, and mayor. He also served as a chief legislative aide to Marco Rubio when he was Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives. As a result of Nelson’s service with Senator Rubio and his involvement in political campaigns, he has established an extensive network of contacts in Miami-Dade County and within the Florida Legislature.

    In 15 years as a lobbyist, Nelson has represented corporate entities before the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners, numerous Miami-Dade County agencies and departments, City of Miami, City of Hialeah, and several other municipal governments and authorities. Nelson has successfully guided many corporate clients entering the south Florida market, providing community relations services and advising them how to navigate the local political waters.

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  • Kate DeLoach

    Kate served for six years as a district and legislative aide to State Representative Holly Raschein (R-Key Largo), which gave her invaluable experience navigating the legislative process and addressing policy and appropriations issues across a broad array of topics.

    Kate’s time in government also gave her the opportunity to build strong relationships with individuals and organizations at the local, state, and federal levels, in both South Florida and Tallahassee.

    Kate serves on the board of numerous local organizations, including the Florida Keys History & Discovery Foundation, the Florida Keys Hurricane Recovery Foundation, the Good Health Clinic, and the Monroe County Historic Preservation Commission. She is also a graduate of Leadership Monroe County and College Leadership Florida.

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  • Edgar Castro

    Edgar began his political career in Tallahassee, working in the governor’s office and as a legislative assistant for the Florida House of Representatives. In this role, he learned the intricacies of the legislative processes and committee procedures and built strong ties to staff and members of both chambers and parties. Throughout his career, Edgar has worked on numerous political campaigns, including candidates in the U.S. House and Senate, Florida House of Representatives and Senate, and the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners. Edgar has also worked in Washington, D.C., as a public policy consultant for a government relations and consulting company. In that role, Edgar was responsible for researching and analyzing Florida and federal legislative actions and making recommendations to help clients effectively respond to governmental opportunities while avoiding potential risks.

    Edgar has been recognized for his long record of volunteerism and legislative advocacy on behalf of numerous organizations, including the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar and the Recording Industry Association of America.


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