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

Hurricane Assistance Aid from Senator Bill Nelson's Office

Dear Polk County Friends:
Many of you have asked about how to guide constituents through the Individual Assistance process. Below is the information you need. Please review and let me know if you have any questions.

Our office is happy to follow up with constituents once they have registered to help them through the process. Please feel free to share this with anyone who may benefit with this information. 

This is the website constituents should log into to register for Individual Assistance:
FEMA Assistance by phone: 1‑800‑621‑FEMA (1‑800‑621‑3362)

Once they’ve filled out their application if they’d like our office to follow up, they need to fill out the consent form below so our office can follow up on their request. Please have them include their application receipt number.       

Nelson Consent for release of Information form: 

Helpful Links:
Small Business Assistance:

Individual Assistance Fact Sheet:

Application Checklist:

Also Helpful:  

Please feel free to call or email me with any questions you may have!
Helen Miller
Regional Director 
U. S. Senator Bill NelsonLandmark Two Center
225 East Robinson Street, Suite 410Orlando, Florida 32801
Telephone: (407) 872-7161
Fax: (407) 872-7165

RESCHEDULED! Polk County DEC September Meeting - Today, Monday, Sept. 18th

Monday, September 18
330 W. Church Street, Bartow, FL

Hello Polk County Democrats,

I hope that you and your family are doing well or on your way to doing well. And returning to some sense of normalcy after the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma on our County.

The leadership of the Polk County DEC would like to express our sincere concern for the hardship and extreme losses suffered during and after the storm.

And, we also know, that a good portion of the County and State are still experiencing the after-effects of the storm.Remember, we are all our brothers' and sisters' keepers.

If there's anything the leadership team can do to help, do not hesitate to reach out to us for assistance.

Shawn Kinsey, Chair

Florida Democratic State Convention

Delegate elections will now be held on Monday, September 18th during our regular DEC meeting in Bartow.  

FDP 2017 State Convention
The 2017 Florida Democratic Party State Convention will now be held on October 27 through October 29 at a new location:

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
1000 West Buena Vista Drive
Orlando, FL 32830

State Convention Room Block
We have secured a special group rate of $199 per night plus taxes. To make your reservations, please use the link below, or call the Disney Group Reservations Phone Team number: (407) 939-4686.
Reservations Link: 
Qualification of Delegates
All delegates must be registered Democrats in the State of Florida. 
Any registered Democrat may run for a delegate position in the county, where registered.All interested candidates are required to file with their County Chair, Vice Chair, State Committeeman, or State Committeewoman between August 1 and September 11, 2017. 
It is the responsibility of the County Party officers to make delegate filing forms available to any Democrat seeking them during the above-mentioned dates.  

Delegate Fees
A check for $ 60.00(Adults), $40 (Students) and $75 (non-delegate) shall be paid by each delegate to the Polk County DEC.  This check covers the cost of registration ($45) and a $15 surcharge to defray local expenses related to the convention.  The Polk DEC, in turn, will send one check to FDP for the delegation. 

Election of Delegates 
Election of delegates will take place at the September 11th DEC meeting at 6:15 pm in the County Commission Chambers on the First floor at 330 W. Church St., Bartow Fl, 33830.   
If you have a desire to be a delegate, please complete the attached delegate form and bring the form to our September 11th meeting along with your payment.
Democratically Yours,
Shawn W. Kinsey  
Chair, Polk County DEC 
Vice Chair, Florida Democratic County Chairs Assoc. 

Bowling Fund Raiser POSTPONTED!

Due to the weather problems experienced in Polk County over the past week, we have postponed our bowling outing until further notice. Stay tuned for more information when this event gets rescheduled. Thanks!

Rainbow Ridge and the Polk DEC announce cruise plans for February 22-25 2018!

We Put the FUN in Fundraiser!
Join the Polk County Rainbow Ridge Democratic Caucus on a 4-Night Royal Caribbean Cruise to COZUMEL Feb. 22, 2018!
We have 16 double occupancy cabins on hold for our group and $50 per cabin booked by members (and our guests) will come back to our caucus!
Ocean View cabins are just $379 per person and Balcony cabins are $499 per person (plus taxes, fees and port expenses of $68.34 per person).  Deposit of $100 per person is due within a week of booking and refundable up until December 1st.   Other cabin categories may be reserved and included in our group, depending on availability.
Don’t miss out – Book now!  For more information or to make a reservation, call Cindy Layner, a Cruise Planners agent, at 863-409-1982, or email

Cozumel was named the Top Western Caribbean Cruise Port for 2017 by CruiseCritic based on traveller reviews.

Cruise with us in February 2018!

More information on shore excursions and other details to come.

Keeping track of the 2018 Florida Candidates?

Click this link to see who has qualified for each seat in Florida's 2018 Election

Click this link to see who has qualified for Polk County's 2018 Election

Polk Dems Celebrate An Evening with Congressman Darren Soto

Congressman Darren Soto's joined the Polk County Democratic Executive Committee and other Polk Dems for a fun evening on Tuesday, August 15th, in downtown Winter Haven.
Here are some photos from the event:

An evening of conversation with Congressman Darren Soto

Polk County Democrats join candlelight vigil for victims of Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia

Brandon Nuckols planned the Lakeland vigil along with other members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lakeland. Nuckols and others from the congregation wore yellow T-shirts bearing the statement, “Standing on the side of love.” Nuckols, 42, said he had heard about vigils being planned in Tampa and Orlando, and wanted to make sure such an event took place in his adopted home of Lakeland. The vigil in Central Park in Winter Haven was sponsored by United for Action.

About 50 people attended the vigil in Winter Haven, said Katherine Sutherland, the organizer.
Sutherland is part of United for Action, a nonpartisan, grassroots organization. She said two other groups, East Polk Indivisible and the Solavita Women’s Action Network, also joined the vigil in Central Park. “ I think it was very meaningful and that it really helped the people who were there express their feelings about a significant event that happened in our nation,” Sutherland said. “ We came together to speak out against hate and violence and to speak in favor of love and working together.”

Read the entire story from the Lakeland Ledger:

Candle Light Vigil

Sign the petition to see the president's income tax returns!

Click the link and demand to see the President's income tax returns

Watch the first Forum of Florida Democratic Governor Candidates on YouTube!

On June 17, 2017 hundreds of Democrats came to Hollywood, FL to see the first meeting for the three candidates for Florida Governor: Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham, and Chris King. DPCF members and voters from across the state submitted questions, asked by moderator Keith Fitzgerald. Watch the full Forum here and be sure to get involved in the 2018 Gubernatorial election!

Here is the link to watch to forum on YouTube:

2018 Florida Legislative Session begins in September

The 2018 Legislative Session begins early this year.
Here's the Committee Week Schedule for the 2018 Session:

Tuesday, September 12 - Friday, September 15
(Meetings will begin on Tuesday, September 12 on or after 1:00 p.m.)
Monday, October 9 -Friday, October 13
Monday, October 23 -Friday, October 27
Monday, November 6 -Thursday, November 9 (Meetings will conclude prior to the observance of the Veterans' Day holiday on Friday, November 10)
Monday, November 13 -Friday, November 17
Monday, December 4 -Friday, December 8

The Regular Session will convene on Tuesday, January 9, 2018
January 9, 2018 Regular Session convenes 
    12:00 noon, deadline for filing bills for introduction 
February 24, 2018 All bills are immediately certified 
    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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