Rep. Gwen Graham to be featured speaker at February 11 DEC Gala!

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Just confirmed! Keynote Speaker will be
Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham

Congresswoman Gwen Graham!

Polk DEC Gala — Sat., Feb. 11, 2017 Event Flyer

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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Congresswoman Gwen Graham to Keynote DEC Gala

By Shawn Kinsey From Chair, Polk County DEC




Join the Women's March on St. Pete, Saturday, January 21

By Amy Weintraub, Steering Committee Member From Democratic Women's Club of FL




WH NAACP Installation of Officers and Emancipation Day Program

By Shawn Kinsey From Winter Haven Branch of the NAACP

Polk Co. Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida - Important January Meeting

TONIGHT! Thursday, January 19 – 6:00 p.m.
651 E. Main St., Haines City, FL


We will be holding nominations for 2017 officers. If you are interested, contact President Garcia at the number below.

Polk County Chapter of the Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida

José Garcia, President
(516) 319-4118 –

Important Florida 2017 Legislative Session Dates

January 27, 2017 Friday, 5:00 p.m., deadline for submitting requests for drafts of general bills and joint resolutions, including requests for companion bills (Senate)

March 3, 2017 Friday, 5:00 p.m., deadline for approving final drafts of general bills and joint resolutions, including companion bills (Senate)

March 7, 2017 Regular Session convenes (Art. III, §3(b), Fla. Const.) 12:00 noon, deadline for filing bills for introduction (Senate Rule 3.7(1))

April 22, 2017 All bills are immediately certified (Senate Rule 6.8 and House Rule 11.7(i)). Motion to reconsider made and considered the same day (Senate Rule 6.4(4))

April 25, 2017 50th day - last day for regularly scheduled committee meetings (Senate Rule 2.9(2))

April 30, 2017 55th Day - no House bills on second reading may be taken up and considered by the House (House Rule 10.18)

May 3, 2017 58th Day – the House may consider only: (a) Returning messages, (b) Conference reports, and (c) Concurrent resolutions (House Rule 10.19)

May 5, 2017 60th day - last day of Regular Session (Art. III, §3(d), Fla. Const.)

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The Greater Winter Haven Democratic Club - January Meeting

Tuesday, January 24th 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 below.                                 

For more information please call Frank Chichetto at 863-299-4216,
or Paul Anderson at 863-965-8241.

Lakeland Democratic Club - February Meeting

Thursday, February 2nd, 7:00 p.m.
Lakeland Downtown Library

Celebrate Groundhog Day with us!
For more information, call
Ricky Shirah, president, at (863) 937-8944 or

East Central Polk Democratic Club - February Meeting

Tuesday, February 7th, at 6:30p.m.
Neighborhood Service Center, 608 Ave. "S" NE
Winter Haven, FL 33881

Contact Shawn Kinsey for more information:

Polk DEC - February 2017 Meeting

Monday, February 13th, at 6:15p.m.
Polk County Commissioners' Bldg., Third Floor Lounge
330 West Church Street, Bartow, FL

2017-18 DEC Officers are:
Shawn Kinsey, Chair
Celeste Williams, Vice Chair
Dina Friedman, Secretary
Leonard Guminski, Treasurer
Ellis Moose, Sergeant at Arms

Karen Welzel, State Committeewoman
David Jones, State Committeeman

We are actively recruiting precinct committee persons. 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 Shawn Kinsey at 863-651-1402 or for more information.

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

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Meeting at 11:30 a.m.
Floridino's, US 27, Lake Hamilton.
We will be back at Floridino's on US 27, Lake Hamilton, for our February 15 luncheon meeting at 11:30.
Our speaker for February will be our member, Barbara Matthews, who has tons of knowledge and experience teaching Women's Studies throughout the world and will talk about women and the 2016 election.

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

Karen Welzel

Polk County Democratic Black Caucus - February Meeting

Monday, February 20th, at 6:30p.m.
Neighborhood Service Center, 608 Ave. "S" NE
Winter Haven, FL 33881

Contact Shawn Kinsey for more information:

Lake Wales democratic Club - February Meeting

Tuesday, February 21st, at 7:00 p.m.
"B" Street Community Center,
230 B Street, Lake Wales, FL

We will be making plans for our 2017 schedule.
Light refreshments will be served.

Contact Jennifer Nanek for more information:

March Forth United!

March Fourth! 2017

Save the Date: March 4, 2017
2017 Winter Membership Meeting

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus is pleased to announce plans for the 2017 Winter (Biennial) Membership Meeting and Board Elections, held March 4, 2017, in Lakeland, Florida!  The membership meeting will include the election of officers and other board members and additional caucus business.  As always, there is no cost to attend the membership meeting.
Save the date and stay tuned for additional event announcements, including venue information and agenda materials.
Andy Janecek
Secretary, Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus
Cell: 850-445-4909

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

Rainbow Ridge LGBTA Democratic Caucus - February Meeting

Tuesday, February 21st, TBA

If you have any questions, please feel free to call Woody Wilbanks at 863-709-1848 or via email at

Coming to Lakeland in March!
Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus Winter Conference and Biennial Meeting Schedule Announced — Lakeland, FL

Friday March 3rd 7-9 p.m. Welcome Social
Saturday March 4th 9 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast 10 a.m. Welcoming Remarks 10:30 a.m. Workshop 12:00 p.m. Lunch and Guest Speaker 1:00 p.m. Membership Meeting 3:00 p.m. Workshop 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. – on your own 8:00 p.m. Social Event
Sunday March 5th 9 a.m. Continental Breakfast 10 a.m. Marching Orders 11:00 a.m. Adjourn

Watch for more detais as the become available.

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