Established in 1990, Cherry Communications provides polling, voter contact, and related phone and research services to political candidates, committees, trade and advocacy groups, and non-profit organizations.
Cherry Communications has made millions of calls nationwide on behalf of our clients and conducted thousands of polls. We have extensive experience in Presidential, Gubernatorial, Senatorial, Congressional, legislative, and municipal races, as well as initiatives and referendums.
Located just blocks away from the state capitol complex in Tallahassee, Florida, our call center allows us to conduct your project efficiently and accurately – conducted by highly trained and closely monitored representatives.
At Cherry Communications, your calls will be overseen by experienced professionals, not brokered out to a center of unknown quality. Political phone centers do not offer a generic product and political calls are not a fungible commodity. The articulate voices, intense supervision, and experienced leadership at Cherry Communications absolutely provide superior results.
Linda Z. Cherry, Managing Director
Linda started Cherry Communications Company in 1990. She has over 45 years experience in political campaigns at every campaign level, beginning with being statewide youth coordinator for a U.S. Senate candidate at the age of 19. In 1985 she opened Linda Z. Cherry Consulting and served as a consultant to dozens of political campaigns and referendums. That business evolved into Cherry Communications Company. In 1984, as Deputy Director of Voter Programs for Reagan-Bush '84, she coordinated the first nation-wide presidential campaign voter contact phone operation. This effort generated over 10 million phone calls. In 1983 she was Assistant Press Secretary for Reagan-Bush '84. Linda also served as Florida Political Director for Reagan-Bush '80.
Linda has served as Director of Political Education for the Republican National Committee (RNC). She instituted and was the first Director of State and Local Advertising for the RNC. She also was Deputy Director of Governmental Relations for the 50th Presidential Inaugural Committee. Linda was a member of the Republican State Committee in Florida for nine years, State Chairman of the Florida College Republicans, and Chairman of the the University of Florida College Republicans. She was named The Outstanding Teenage Republican in Florida in 1969. She served as President of the private property rights group, Save Our Beaches Inc., and was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to serve on the Coastal High Hazard Study Committee. With a degree in Advertising from the University of Florida, Linda has a broad background which includes advertising, public relations, and political consulting. Since 1984 she has overseen millions of political calls across the country.
Jim Cherry, Managing Director
Jim has been involved in polling and research for over 20 years and has overseen thousands of polls nationwide. He is a member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. A Republican activist since 1970, Jim's many activities have included: National Committeeman of the Florida Federation of Young Republicans; Member of the Executive Board, Republican Party of Florida (RPOF); Congressional District Chairman, RPOF; Legal Counsel, RPOF; and county chairman for Reagan/Bush.
Jim was elected as a delegate to the 1976 and 1980 Republican National Conventions and served on the credentials committee in 1980. He was a Reagan/Bush Elector in the 1980 Electoral College. He was also selected as a delegate to Florida's Presidency I, III, and V. Jim joined Cherry Communications in 1992 after a successful tenure as Florida State Director of the Farmer’s Home Administration. He was first appointed State Director in 1985 by the Reagan Administration and was re-appointed in 1989 by the Bush Administration. As State Director, he was responsible for managing 39 offices around the state with an outstanding loan portfolio in excess of $1 billion.
He was in the private practice of law for 10 years, worked as an Assistant State Attorney, and spent four years in Washington, DC with the Reagan Administration. Jim, a native Floridian, earned a degree in Business from Florida State University and received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida Law School.
Wrenn Harvey, General Manager
Wrenn joined Cherry Communications in 1996, and was promoted to Operations Manager in 1997 and General Manager in 1999.
In this position, Wrenn oversees data management, scripting, and client reports, as well as directing day-to-day phone center operations. Wrenn is also responsible for quality control - ensuring there is constant and regular monitoring.
Before joining Cherry Communications, Wrenn worked in a variety of positions for the State of Florida. Most recently, he served as a Research Associate for the Department of Labor and Employment Security and the Department of Education.
A native Floridian and lifelong resident of North Florida, Wrenn earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing with an emphasis on Marketing Communications from Florida State University in 1992.
Blaine A. Cherry, Research Director
Blaine joined Cherry Communications in 2014 as Director of Research. He is a member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. Before joining Cherry Communications, Blaine was a Senior Investigative Fellow, managing the Washington, DC office of the Government Accountability Institute. His investigative work into personal and political corruption and cronyism led to numerous groundbreaking stories in major media outlets. Blaine is also an alumnus of the Washington, DC-based Koch Associate Program, a prestigious free-market professional education program.
Previously, he was as a Research Analyst for Florida TaxWatch, analyzing and writing about issues ranging from local government debt to state cost savings to charter school funding. Blaine is a 2010 graduate of Stetson University, where he earned a degree in finance. There, he was a member of the Roland George Investments Program, a nationally recognized student managed portfolio of nearly $3 million.