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News Release Catherine Frazier
November 24, 2015  

Cruz Announces Virginia Leadership Team

Chair and Co-Chairs Joined by Over 45 Leaders From Across the Commonwealth

HOUSTON, Texas - Presidential candidate Ted Cruz today named 47 people to his Virginia Leadership Team compromised of elected officials, Republican Party leaders, Tea Party leaders, small business owners, students, veterans, and faith leaders. Cruz launched his presidential campaign in the Commonwealth of Virginia on March 23, at Liberty University in Lynchburg. He also has also qualified to be on the ballot in Virginia, submitting more than 10,000 signatures to the Republican Party of Virginia, double the amount required.

The Virginia Leadership Team is chaired by Senator William M. “Bill” Stanley, Majority Whip of the Virginia Senate Republican Caucus. Senator Richard “Dick” Black joins Co-Chairs Shak Hill, former candidate for U.S. Senate and United States Air Force veteran combat pilot, and Cynthia Dunbar, a board member of the Virginia First Foundation and former Assistant Professor of Law and Advisor to the Provost of Liberty University.

"We continue to grow our team everyday as more and more people learn about Ted. He is the consistent conservative that our country needs," said State Senator Bill Stanley. "We have an exceptionally committed and experienced leadership team and grassroots organization that will make Ted very competitive on Election Day."

“Our team far exceeded the needed number of signatures to get on the ballot in Virginia, more than doubling the 5,000 signatures required,” said State Senator Dick Black. “Ted Cruz’s ground game distinguishes his campaign from all the others. It is a formidable accomplishment by our team and I could not be more proud to be part of the organization supporting Ted.”

“We have an exceptional team in the Commonwealth, and the success we’ve had getting more than 10,000 signatures on the ballot, as well as the more than three dozen additional team members, shows we are committed to competing in Virginia and fighting for every delegate,” said Cruz. “I look forward to working with each and every one of them as we continue to coalesce conservatives around our campaign.”

Virginia State Leadership Team Members:
Chairman Senator William M. “Bill” Stanley, Majority Whip of the Virginia Senate Republican Caucus
Co-Chair Senator Richard "Dick" Black
Co-Chair Shak Hill, former candidate for U.S. Senate and United States Air Force veteran combat pilot
Co-Chair Cynthia Dunbar, Board Member of the Virginia First Foundation and former elected member of the Texas State Board of Education and former assistant Professor of Law and Advisor to the Provost of Liberty University.
Ken Adams, Chairman of the Waynesboro Republican Committee, Chairman of the 24th Senate District Republican Committee
Sandra Adams, STAND Executive Assistant, retired missionary, leader with Concerned Women for America
Melvin Adams, Sr., President, Renewanation
Delegate Mark Berg, MD, Virginia House of Delegates, 29th District
Republican State Central Committee Representative-10th District, Retired Emergency Department physician and Family physician.
Don Blake, Chairman and President of the Virginia Christian Alliance
Daniel Bolton, Director of Spiritual Programs, Liberty University
Rick Boyer, Conservative Activist
Timothy Keith Boyer, Past Vice Chairman, 5th Congressional District Republican Committee; Past Chairman, Campbell County Republican Party
Frank Branson, Chilhowie Christian Church
Rick Buchanan, Virginia Tea Party Alliance Vice Chair; Fauquier County Tea Party Patriots; Virginia Vision PAC Vice Chairman
Charles Cooper, Founding Member and Chairman of Cooper & Kirk, PLLC
Wayne Cunningham, Prince George County Republican Committee Chairman; Chester Patriots Tea Party Leader
Suzanne Curran, Republican Party of Virginia State Central Committee Vice Chairwoman, Western Region; Member, Shenandoah Valley Constitutional Conservatives; Member, Virginia Federation Republican Women
Mark Daughtery, Former Chair of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation; Leader, Shenandoah Valley Tea Party Patriots
Susan Edwards, 9th Congressional District State Central Committee Representative, Republican Party of Virginia; Roanoke County Republican Committee, Treasurer & Catawba Magisterial District Chair
Ann Taetzsch Fitzgerald, State Central Committee for the Republican Party of Virginia, Chair of the Legislative District Committee for District 20 of the House of Delegates; former Chair of the Staunton Republican Committee
Reagan George, President of the Virginia Voters Alliance; Former 2nd Vice Chairman, Virginia Tea Party Federation; Founder, Fair Lakes Area Tea Party; Fairfax County Republican Committee Member
Mike Giere, Former Virginia Republican Party State Central Committee Member
John Gress, Event Planner, Covenant Church
Matt Groves, President, Fauquier County Young Republicans Club
Donna Hamilton, Virginians for Quality Healthcare Research Director and former Executive Director
Kathy Hayden, Virginia RNC Committee Woman
Anita Hile, Henrico County Tea Party Leadership, Secretary of the Virginia Tea Party Federation
Mark Hile, Henrico County Tea Party Leadership
Ringo Lanzetti, Small Business Owner
Shayam Menon, Falls Church City Republican Committee; former Secretary of the Indian American Republican Council
Delegate Brenda Pogge, Virginia House of Delegates, 96th District
Rev. Dr. Paul Michael Raymond, The Reformed Bible Church
Alec Sackett, Virginia Student State Director; Vice President of Liberty University Young Americans for Freedom
Chris Shores, Founding Board Member of the Virginia First Foundation; Virginia Republican Party State Central Committee Member
Nancy Smith, Virginia Grassroots Activists; Former Elections Chair for the Virginia Federation of Tea Party Patriots; Owner of We rVirginia, LLC
Pastor Ken Sparks, Grace Baptist Church
Dan Thompson, Former The Family Foundation Vice President- Advancement
Pastor Buddy Thompson, Senior Pastor, Life Church, Virginia
Ashley Traficant, Liberty University Campus Coordinator
Anh Tu Do, Business Women and Conservative Activist
Steve Waters, Founding Board Member of the Virginia First Foundation and Grassroots Director
Dean Welty, Founder and Director, Valley Family Forum
Zachary Werrell, Conservative activists and former Campaign Manager, Dave Brat for Congress
James Willis, Montgomery County Republican Party Communications Committee Chairman
John Wood, Liberty University Campus Coordinator
Waverly Woods, Hampton Roads Tea Party Chair; Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation Events Chair; Former Dave Brat for Congress organizer