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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.

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

Reserve your cabin NOW!
Join the Polk County Rainbow Ridge Democratic Caucus on a 4-Night Royal Caribbean Cruise to
COZUMEL, MEXICO —  February 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
or email
Call Cindy for information on shore excursions and other details!

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

Register NOW! Cruise on February 22, 2018!

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Blue Wave Begins Now!

By Rachel Berger Deputy Director of Party Affairs From FDP




Polk Democrats will participate in the Winter Haven Martin Luther King Jr Parade, Saturda

By Shawn W. Kinsey From Polk County Democratic Executive Committee

Seventeen Delegates from Polk County Attended the Florida Democrtaic Conference in Orlando, Oct. 27-29

2018 Florida Legislative Regular Session Begins January 9th

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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