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Veteran Florida operative will build state party’s year-round voter registration program

The Florida Democratic Party is pleased to announce the hire of Kristellys Estanga as the new Voter Registration Director starting today. 

Kristellys Estanga, a Venezuelan American, is a Tallahassee-based political consultant, campaign strategist, and coalition builder with over 15 years of experience in political campaigns, organizing, and advocacy. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Kristellys to our growing team,” said FDP Chair Nikki Fried. “After 2022, Republicans expected us to wave the white flag, but we’re doing just the opposite — expanding our field operations with a dedicated focus on voter registration. 

“Kristellys will play a key role in the development of a robust voter registration plan to cut the Republican advantage by 35% by the end of 2024. She joins us at the height of the Take Back Florida Tour — our statewide tour focused on recruiting volunteers to register voters ahead of 2024 — and we’re confident she’ll hit the ground running.” 

The Florida Democratic Party allocated $1 million towards voter registration this year, which will fund grants to county parties rolling out targeted voter registration efforts at the local level. 

“I’ve worked to mobilize Floridian voters for many years, and I recognize that voter registration is just the first step toward increased voter engagement,” said Kristellys. “I am excited to join a growing team that is dedicated to inspiring people to action through the political process. We have seen firsthand the harm caused by the MAGA extremism that has come to define the Republican Party — but I still believe we get past this dark chapter of our history and change Florida for the better.”

Kristellys has worked with several state and local elected officials and candidates, including Rep. Michele Rayner, former Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, former State Attorney Aramis Ayala, Tallahassee City Commissioners Jeremy Matlow and Jack Porter, among others. 

Born in Venezuela, Kristellys migrated to the United States in 1995. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in religious studies from Florida International University in Miami and a master’s degree in urban studies & community development from Eastern University in Philadelphia.

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