Canvassers needed this Saturday (April 29) for Anne Huffman

Anne Huffman, candidate for Haines City Commission in a runoff she can win (if we help her get the vote out). When elected, she will be the first female African American on the commission. Anne is running in a non-partisan race.

We will be meeting the candidate at the Burger King, 505 US Hwy 17 92 West, Haines City, FL 33844 at 9 a.m. sharp. We will have walk lists, maps and a script and will be walking until 1 p.m.  or we are finished, whichever occurs first.

For Haines City voters who prefer to vote in person, these are the two numbers to call for FREE RIDES to the poll on Tuesday, MAY 2ND: 863-242-9816 and 863-242-4269 from 7am - 6:pm (polls close at 7pm and driving time may be a factor).  

Many residents may not know where to vote for local elections but there are only TWO locations: Oakland Neighborhood Center, 915 Avenue E & N. 10th Street and Haines City Community Center, Ledwith Avenue & So. 6th Street.

This TRULY can be a win through our efforts.  RSVP to (with this subject line: Anne Huffman Walk (Saturday, April 29th @ 9 a.m.)) to let us know how many to expect.  So far, it looks as though we have 5 but need about 10 or so.

Anne Huffman

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Polk County Democratic Headquarters – Haines City, FL


We have returned to our original
office space and we are seeking
volunteers to help us register
new voters and sign them up to
Vote By Mail!

Democracy is not a spectator sport!
Please donate or volunteer today.

Polk County
Democratic Office

11am to 3pm
Tuesday through Friday
Saturday through Monday by appointment

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

(863) 668-7199

Office Manager:

D.E.C. Chairman:
Shawn W. Kinsey

East Central Polk Democratic Club - May Meeting

Tuesday, May 2nd, at 6:30p.m.
Neighborhood Service Center, 608 Ave. "S" NE
Winter Haven, FL 33881
Contact Shawn Kinsey for more

Lakeland Democratic Club - May Meeting

Thursday, May 4th, 7:00 p.m.
Please plan to attend, and make your voice heard on the important issues of the day.

For more information, call
Ricky Shirah, president, (863) 937-8944

Polk DEC - May 2017 Meeting

Monday, May 8th, at 6:15p.m.
Polk County Commissioners' Bldg., Third Floor Lounge
330 West Church Street, Bartow, FL

If you are looking for a way to become active and effective in supporting our party, this is the best way to accomplish your goal. Contact any DEC member for more details.
Contact Chairman Shawn Kinsey at 863-651-1402
or for more information.

Lake Wales Democratic Club - April Meeting

Tuesday, May 9th, at 7:00 p.m. "B" Street Community Center,
230 B Street, Lake Wales, FL
Light refreshments will be served. Contact Jennifer Nanek for more

Democratic Women's Club of Florida/East Polk Ridge - May Meeting

Saturday, May 13, 9:00 a.m.

Perkins Restaurant on Cypress Gardens Blvd, Winter Haven
(across from Legoland)

Please call Carol DeMosley at 863-438-5260,
or by email at: for meeting details.
Karen Welzel, 863-259-0135

Polk County Progressive Democratic Caucus - May meeting

Sunday, May 14th, 1:00 p.m.Dem HQ, 651 E. Main StreetHaines City, FL 33844
For more information, contact OnDrew J Hartigan
(224) 201-9868

Polk County Democratic Black Caucus - April Meeting

Monday, May 15th, 6:30p.m.
Neighborhood Service Center, 608 Ave. "S" NE
Winter Haven, FL 33881

Contact Shawn Kinsey for more information:

Rainbow Ridge LGBTA Democratic Caucus - May Meeting

Tuesday, May 16th, 6:30 p.m.
Cindy & Gary Layner, 1614 Lake Ariana Blvd.,
Auburndale, FL  33823

This is a Pot Luck Dinner and is not to be misssed!
If anyone needs to sign-up or has questions regarding what to bring, how to get to the Layners home in Auburndale, please forward emails to Cindy Layner,
Hope all can attend and look forward to seeing everyone.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call Woody Wilbanks at 863-709-1848 or via email at

Polk Co. Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida - May Meeting

Thursday, May 18th, 6:30 p.m.
651 E. Main St., Haines City, FL

Congratulations to the 2017 Officers,
elected at the February meeting:

President José Garcia
Vice President Dr. Benny Valentin
Secretary Nicholas Garcia
Treasurer Kristina Renteria
José Garcia, President
(516) 319-4118 –

Lakeland Democratic Action Committee (L.D.A.C.) May meeting

May TBA at 6:30 p.m.
6834 Hayter Drive, Lakeland

This is not a club, it is an action committee! All Dems willing to pitch in and get to work for change are encouraged to attend! It's going to take an army of volunteers! Thanks! Cynthia Gunter 305-582-9120 

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May 20, 2019
Statewide Women's Month rally, to be held in Orlando.
It is open to everyone and will be a big draw for a lot of people. There will be big-time speakers for this event, and it's free!
If anyone wants to attend and would like to ride a chartered bus with the DWC East Polk Ridge and DWC Highlands members, we still have about 10 seats left.  The cost is $25.00. Interested people should contact; Karen Welzel at 863-259-0135 to make a reservation.
    Pickup will be at the Home Depot on US 27 in Lake Wales, early morning on May 20.
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Lake Ashton Democratic Club- May Meeting

Sunday, May 21 at 3 p.m.
Main Clubhouse in Lake Ashton, FL 

Join us as we work to get our club off to a strong start. Commencing with our May meeting, the meetings will be on the third Sunday of the month at 3 p.m. We are making progress toward become a full-fledged entity!For more information, contact:
Richard Sutherland at
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The Greater Winter Haven Democratic Club - April Meeting

Tuesday, May 23rd at 7 p.m.
Room 1 of the Chain of Lakes Complex,

210 Cypress Gardens Boulevard in Winter Haven 
Members are encouraged to suggest additions to the agenda to the Chair.                                 
For more information please call Frank Chichetto at 863-299-4216,

or Paul Anderson at 863-965-8241.

Building More Effective Clubs - Training Session!

This event was held on Saturday, March 25

Club Training March 25, 2017
Wonderful training on building strong Democratic clubs in Polk County.
Thank you, Karen Cooper Welzel and Democratic Women's Club of East Polk Ridge for hosting this informative training and to all the energetic attendees. A special thanks to Velma Lumpkin and Nancy Hurlbert for sharing your expertise.
— with Nancy Hurlbert, Karen Cooper Welzel, Velma Lumpkin, Audrey Asciutto and Ilse Buzzanca.

Precinct Committee Person Training

This event was held on Saturday, March 25

Polk Precicnt Committee Training, March 25, 2017 in Winter Haven

We've taken the first step in turning Polk County blue!

Polk County Democratic Executive Committee held a training session on what it means to be a Precinct Committee Person, how to organize precincts, strategies for talking to our neighbors, and much more. The training was be conducted by Marti Kara, Brevard County DEC , Precinct 429 Committeewoman and Precinct Organization Committee Chair.Many thanks to Glenda Jones for the use of the Neighborhood Community Center for the use of the facility...and for serving lunch!

Congratulations to our DEC Gala Team and Honorees!

See a list of featured speakers and award winners from our 2017 Gala under the "About Us" tab. Click on "Annual Dinner." Or click here.

New Polk DEC leadership elected

Congratulations to the newly elected board members!

Elections were held Monday, December 12, 2016 in Bartow.

Leadership members of the Polk Co. Democratic Executive Committee
The new Polk DEC Leadership: (l-r), Leonard Guminski, Treasurer; Ellis Moose III, Sargeant at Arms; Celestyne Williams, Vice-Chair; Shawn Kinsey, Chair; Karen Welzel, State Committeewoman; David Jones, State Committeeman; Dina Friedman, Secretary.
Election done, no drama!

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