club and other events events are listed on the events calendar

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Many thanks to all the Polk County Democrats who help man the phonebanks for Connor Lamb. Dems across the country helped win that battle.

Now it's time to help our own Ricky Shirah win the sppecial election for Florida House District 39. Click on the calendar link to see when there is an event scheduled that you can participate in.

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

Recent News




Polk Tax Collector faced with long waits, lack of funds

By John Chambliss From ©The Lakeland Ledger
Posted Mar 15, 2018 at 9:05 PM Updated at 1:58 PM LAKELAND — It used to be routine for Polk County Tax Collector Joe Tedder to beat his budget and give millions of dollars back to the county following property tax collections. The feel-good moment
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March 15, 2018 For Immediate Release Contact: Caroline Rowland 630.885.8513 Palm Beach County Tax Collector Gannon: Rick Scott’s Record On Taxes Shows He’s Misleading Floridians   In response to Rick
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Lakeland Chamber offers Public Leadership Institute

By Sandra Thompson Odom From Lakeland (FL) Chamber of Commerce
Lakeland Chamber offers Public Leadership Institute, 4 days over 2 months attendance. Fees are totally sponsored. For those interested in possibly running for office, learn more about local issues. Deadline for applications Friday, March 16, 2018.
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By DWC-Lakeland & League of Women Voters From
What: NATIONAL SCHOOL WALK OUT17 Minutes for 17 VictimsWhen: Wednesday, March 14Time: 10:00 a.m.  (Arrive no later than 9:30 a.m.)Where: Bartow IB School; George Jenkins High School; Lakeland Senior High School; and Winter Haven High School   The Democratic Women's Club of Lakeland and
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With Your Help, Ricky Shirah can turn Florida House 39 from red to blue!

Thanks for the help of volunteers from Polk County who canvassed and made calls to help Martha Good win that important Special Election in Sarasota on February 13th. With support like that we can make huge progress towards more wins.

Next up: Ricky Shirah for State House Distric 39!

I hear there many dates set up for "Knockathons" in the coming weeks. If you are waiting for a special inviatation to help Ricky win, THIS IS IT!

Let’s Flip This One, Too!
Terrie Rizzo, Chairwoman,
Florida Democratic Party

Rep. Darren Soto Honors 20 for Black History Month

Twenty outstanding community leaders were honored by Congressman Darren Soto at his Kissimmee office on February 23rd. In recognition of Black History Month, our District 9 Representative presented these current and past leaders, including our DEC chairman, Shawn Kinsey, and Lakel Wales resident Wanda Faye Howard, with certificates describing their contributions to our communities throughout his congressional disctict.

Rep.Soto Honors 20 for Black History Month

Keeping track of the 2018 Florida Candidates?

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

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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

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.

2018 Florida Legislative Regular Session in Tallahassee

The Regular Session continues in February
Regular Session convened January 9, 2018. 
Deadline for filing bills for introduction has passed.

February 24, 2018 — All bills are certified by thhis date. 
Motion to reconsider made and considered the same day.

February 27, 2018 50th day—last day for regularly scheduled committee meetings.

March 9, 2018 60th day—last day of Regular Session. 

Please contact one of your local legislators to find out the date of your delegation meeting. We need to prepare speakers to address our priorities at these county meetings.

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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

Call for an 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:
Kathie Sutherland

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

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