It's here folks! The Polk County DEC "Blue Wave" Gala!

This Saturday night! Limited number of Tickets availabe at the door.

Blue Wave Gala - June23, 2018

Drive the Blue Wave, turn the tide, and elect Democrats in 2018!

Please join us for the Polk County Democratic Party “2018 Blue Wave Gala” Fundraiser,
Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the Chain of Lakes Complex in Winter Haven, FL.

This is our annual fundraiser for Polk Democrats. 
Our Master of Ceremonies will be Mr. Woody Wilbanks,
past President of the Rainbow Ridge LGBTA Democratic Caucus. 

Confirmed guests include:
Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo, Florida Democratic Party Vice Chair Judy Mount,
and Congressman Darren Soto.

Invited guests include:
Senator Bill Nelson, Florida’s Gubernatorial candidates, Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham, Chris King and Philip Levine, PLUS — our statewide candidates for Attorney General, Chief Financial Officer and Commissioner of Agriculture. 
ALSO — many of our local and state elected Democratic officials and  Democratic candidates.

We will also be honoring our 2107 Democratic Man and Woman of the year
and our Guiding Stars during the program portion of the evening.

The Keynote Speaker will be announced soon, along with some very special guests.

Chain of Lakes Complex, 210 Cypress Gardens Boulevard, Winter Haven, FL33880

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

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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

April Freeman - USHD-17

April Freeman - USCD-17

Joy Gibson

Joy Gibson - FLS-20

Alan Grayson

Alan Grayson - USCD-9

Rep. Darren Soto

Kathy Lewis - FLS-20

Raymond Pena - USCD15
Raymond Peña - USCD-15

Alex Perkins

Alex Perkins - FLH-41

Bill Pollard, Jr. - USCD17

Bill Pollard, Jr. - USCD-17

Catherine Price

Catherine Price - FLS-26

Rep. Darren Soto

Rep. Darren Soto - USCD-9

Shandale Terrell - FLH-40

Shandale Terrell - FLH-40

Kristen Carlson

Kristen Carlson - USCD-15
Andrew Learned

Andrew Learned - USCD-15

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!

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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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 County Democratic Headquarters – Haines City

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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