Congratulations to our own Polk Co. chairman, DCCA Chair Shawn Kinsey for a well-run event!

Great Democrats from all over Florida participating in the 2018 DCCA Retreat this weekend in Orlando!

Congratulations to our own Polk Co. chairman, DCCA Chair Shawn Kinsey; our neighbor from Osceloa County,  Treasurer Leah Carius: new VC Director Cynthia Chestnut;  & our neighbor from Hillsborough County, Secretary Ione Townsend.

A big thank you to all the great Committee Chairs, to Session Presenters Extraordinaire Stacey Patel, Judy Teller Kaye, & Mike Coleman, and to the many elected officials & candidates who were at the event.



And very special thanks to our wonderful FDP Staff!

club and other events events are listed on the events calendar

Polk County regular club and caucus meetings can be found by clicking the
"FIND EVENTS" button that looks like this:


Please address any concerns and updates to Beacon@SolivitaDemocrats.org

Recent News

09

Apr

2018

FDP Leadership Blue in Hollywood at The Diplomat Beach Resort. This is the state party's largest fundraising event. Again, there will be committee and caucus meetings, training sessions and parties during the weekend. The FDP rate at the hotel is $229 per night, plus a resort fee of $30 and taxes.
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09

Apr

2018

Pending FDP Bylaws Changes

By Susan Smith From Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida
Florida Democratic Party (FDP) Bylaws have not been updated in nearly 40 years. Successive chairs have appointed ad hoc committees to bring us into compliance with Democratic National Committee (DNC) Rules, and to promote more diversity in our state leadership, but forces within the party have so
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06

Apr

2018

OPINION - Parker Resignation Highlights Need for Change in Party Bylaws

By Susan Smith From Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                      CONTACT:                     April 5, 2018              
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Apr

2018

Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida Announces Annual Conference Schedule

By Susan Smith From Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida
DPCF 2018 Conference May 18-20 in Gainesville at the University of Florida - Registration for the 2018 DPCF Conference is now open on Eventbrite! Please note that the business meeting is free; however we must charge for the conference. We've planned some great training sessions, and lunch and a
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Help our own Ricky Shirah win the special election for Florida House District 39 on May 1st

Just weeks to go to help our own
Ricky Shirah win the special election
for Florida House District 39!!!

Bay News 9 to Interview Ricky Shirah and Canvassing Crew,
Sat. Apr. 21 at 10 am in Davenport

Let's show the TV viewers that there's strong support for Ricky in HD 39!  
Come to Davenport, Central FL Visitor Information Center, 101 Adventure Ct, Davenport, FL 33837.
Bay News 9 will be there to interview our candidate Ricky Shirah.  Share with all our clubs, caucuses and volunteers.  A crowd of supporters sends a message, even if you can't canvas that day (but we hope you can.)


Click on the "FIND EVENTS" link above to see when there are events scheduled
near you that you can participate in.

Remember, politics is not a spectator sport!
You have to participate if you want us to win!

Support Ricky Shirah for FL House 39!

Support Our Neighbors in Hillsborough County!

Hillsborough County Democrats Spring Fling - 2018

Don't miss this important event!

Leadership Blue

LAKELAND, FL — March for Our Lives

Polk County Democrats turned out in large numbers to support the
March 24th "March for Our Lives" demonstration in Lakeland.

Strong support for sensible gun safety measures was demanded by young and not-so-young alike!

ORLANDO, FL — March for Our Lives

Polk County Democrats also traveled by bus to support the
March 24th "March for Our Lives" demonstration in Orlando.

Polk Democrats traveled to Orlando by bus to participate in thei
Thanks to José Garcia,
President of the Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Polk County and Solivita Democratic Club Member,
for the outstanding photos of the Orlando event.

Keeping track of the 2018 Florida Candidates?

Click this button to see candidates for each seat in FLORIDA's 2018 Election

See Florida Candidates

Click this button to see Democratic candidates for POLK COUNTY's 2018 Election



2018 Candidate Assessment and Voter Awareness Initiative

Candidate Ratings based on Progressive Questionaire

The energy and resources ready and waiting to support Progressive Democratic candidates are at an all-time high. The Polk County Progressive Democratic Caucus (PCPDC) Candidate Assessment and Voter Awareness Initiative was established to provide a reference for declared Progressives and other Democrats and independents with progressive values to determine where to focus their energy and resources.

Questionnaires were sent to all candidates who have filed as Democrats for national or state offices that touch on Polk county. A select committee of PCPDC members is in place to apply predefined criteria in an objective blind evaluation of candidate responses as they are received. The questionnaires reflect a Progressive Democratic agenda. In fact, the questions were derived directly from the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida’s platform.

The evaluation rating indicates each candidate’s level of support for the progressive agenda. In accordance with Florida Democratic Party bylaws, these evaluation ratings are not intended to imply endorsement during this primary season, but rather to inform progressive minded voters within the county of each candidate’s overall alignment with progressive values.

While all candidates were invited to participate in this initiative, not all have chosen to do so. We will continue to issue reminders from time to time, and will update postings with evaluations of new responses as they are received.

Click on the candidates' photos below to see their responses.

Barbara Cady - FLH42
Barbara Cady - FLH-42
Bob Doyel - FHD22
Bob Doyel - FLS-22
Raymond Pena - USCD15
Raymond Pena - USCD-15
Bill Pollard, Jr. - USCD17
Bill Pollard, Jr. - USCD-17
Greg Pilkington
Greg Pilkington - USCD-15
Ricky Shirah
Ricky Shirah - FLH-39
Catherine Price
Catherine Price - FLS-26

We did it again it again! Polk Dems March in Central Florida!

Polk County DEC - 2017 in Review

2017 has been a whirlwind of a year for us in the Polk County Democratic Party.

While some people took breaks after the 2016 election, Democrats in Polk County had something else in mind. Like so many other people across the country, they wanted to fight.


A new group of local Democratic Party activists was born after the events of November 2016. These activists would end up shaping not only the Democratic Party, but they would form a part of what has been called " The Resistance." Groups like Indivisible and the Persisters came into 2017 swinging hard. They have held town halls and organized protests across the state and the country that have made a significant impact on elected officials in every single level of government.

I am more inspired than ever before with everything that I have seen in local Democratic Party politics over the last year. We have more volunteers working with us than any point in recent DEC history. Precinct committee people recruitment initiatives in Polk County have also been a huge success.

If you weren't sure before, let me assure you that the tide is turning, and things are starting to change. That change is not limited to Polk County though. Counties across the state of Florida have had a similar surge in activity and involvement over the last year.

Despite all of this, we know that there is still a lot of work to be done and a long way to go. We are taking steps forward and we need everyone's ideas to help us build a better future and a better local Party.

We move together, or we don't move at all.


Changing local politics will be how we prepare for 2018 and especially how we prepare for 2020. Now is the time. We may not have an opportunity as ripe as this for a long time. Let's take advantage of it. Let's build a better local Democratic Party.

In closing, I have attached a 2017 Year End Review of Polk DEC activities summary report. We have been pretty active and it shows in this report.

See what we did in 2017!

Thank you for the opportunity to serve and your unwavering support.
Onward and upward to turning Polk County Blue in 2018 and beyond.

Democratically yours,
Shawn W. Kinsey  
Chair, Polk County Democratic Executive Committee
 
Vice Chair, Florida Democratic County Chairs Assoc.
  

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Polk DEC Haines City Office 2018

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Inside the OK Arcade,
Across from City Hall
651 East Main Street, Suite 10-C,
Haines City, FL 33844

(863) 668-7199


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Office Manager:
Kathie Sutherland
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D.E.C. Chairman:
Shawn W. Kinsey
Kinsey_819@yahoo.com

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