Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, a GOP presidential hopeful, announced her Virginia leadership team Monday, a list that features party activists but no current elected officials.
In Christopher Newport University's Virginia presidential poll released Oct. 12, Fiorina, a Fairfax County resident, ranked fourth among the 15 GOP contenders with 13 percent, behind Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.
Jay McConville, a former chairman of the Fairfax County GOP, and Fred Thompson, CAO of Thompson Hospitality, are co-chairs of Fiorina's Virginia campaign. (Thompson is not to be confused with the former U.S. senator from Tennessee.)
Fiorina's campaign touted the group of grass-roots activists as a virtue, saying they support her bid because of her willingness to "challenge the professional political class and take on the status quo."
Her Virginia leadership team also includes:
Bruno Bottcher, a Republican activist;
Diane L. Cullo, director of development and outreach at Take Back Our Republic and former executive director of the Fairfax County Republican Committee;
Carrie Edwards, president of White Digital, a marketing and advertising agency; and GOP activist;
Mary Grey Edwards, a GOP activist;
Charles Gloeckner, an energy executive;
Kristen Manos Kalina, a family law attorney and Republican activist;
Lolita Mancheno-Smoak, chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce;
Dawn Matheson, chief visionary officer of Matheson Group Inc., co-founder of Modern Republican Women Federal PAC;
Kerry O'Brien, a businesswoman and Republican activist;
Tiffany Webb, a Republican activist;
Bill Wilkin, a member of the Loudoun County Republican Committee.