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Republican Party opens regional volunteer headquarters in Jacksonville

Volunteers can get signs, make phone calls, organize door walks

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Republican Party opened its regional volunteer headquarters in Jacksonville Saturday to help volunteers get the word out and help the GOP in the upcoming election.

Senator Marco Rubio, Mayor Lenny Curry and Sheriff Mike Williams were some of the high-profile attendees at the volunteer headquarters’ grand opening of the Republican Party of Florida’s Regional Volunteer Headquarters in the St. Nicholas neighborhood.

Volunteer Vanessa Galan was in the audience with her family for the grand opening of the volunteer headquarters.

“It’s awesome,” Galan said. “I wish it opened sooner, obviously.”

Galan is familiar with what it takes to be a grassroots volunteer. She worked on Senator Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign, and the senator knows how important a central location for volunteers is.

“You know, it’s a place to come and get signs, make phone calls, organize door walks,” Sen. Marco Rubio said. “These elections are decided like that, on the ground, door to door, one voter at a time.”

Lenny curry said the groundwork isn’t easy.

“I always encourage them -- TV and mail, all the glitzy and glamour stuff you see in campaigns,” Curry said. “But, the real work is done by the volunteers.”

Galan said the new space is great for people like her, a young mom, because of the flexibility to come and work here, or at home.

“It’s pretty awesome,” Galan said. “You can actually take a list of numbers home with you and you can call at home as well.”

According to recent Mason Dixon polls, both Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Patrick Murphy hold big leads going into the upcoming primary.

Rep. Murphy had a campaign event Friday night.