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Polk County Democrats Lakeland Office
1549 South Combee Road, Lakeland, FL 33801

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(863) 668-7199

PolkCountyDemocrats@Gmail.com

Polk County DEC Chair:
Kathie Sutherland
Chair@PolkDemocrats.net

Click here to see what Polk County Democrats stand for!

Democracy is not a spectator sport!  Please donate or volunteer today.

Get Your Tickets for our annual Polk County Democrats gala, friday, september 27, 2019 — Bartow civic center

Watch this spot and your email inbox for details
about this festive and important event!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 — 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
BARTOW CIVIC CENTER

FOCUS 2020 - Polk County Democrats Annula Gala

Go to our FOCUS 2020 GALA page.
Click here to go to the FOCUS 2020 Gala Event Page
for forms, to order tickets, and more information.

Deadline in two weeks for Nominations for Polk County Democrats of the year — Midnight, Friday, August 30

Who are YOUR nominees for Polk County Democratic Man and Woman for 2019?

Each year at our Gala (FOCUS 2020 — September 27) we recognize the dedication and hard work of
two outstanding Polk County Democrats.

Past winners were:
Kathie Sutherland,  Richard Sutherland, 2018
Glenda Jones, Ellis Moose, 2017
Ruth Anne Eaddy, Shawn Kinsey, 2016
Marti Kara, David Jones, 2015
Karen Welzel, Eugene Fultz, 2014
Charlene Hypes, Ricky Shirah, 2013
Olivia Babis, Andy Crossfield, 2012

CLICK THIS LINK TO ACCESS THE NOMINATION FORM FOR 2019.

Download Man & Woman of the Year Nomination Form

Please send your completed nomination form to:
State Committeewoman
3310 Fox Ridge Dr., Winter Haven FL 33884
OR email to:  kwelzel628@gmail.com

The Men’s Award is named after former Florida Governor, Lawton Chiles. Learn about his accomplishments at:
https://thefloridasqueeze.com/2019/07/09/walkin-lawton-episode-8-of-the-florida-history-podcast/
Gov. Lawton Chiles and Marlene Duffy Young

Our Women’s Award honors Marlene Duffy Young, a long-time leader and supporter of Democrats in Polk County. Young became Winter Haven's first elected woman mayor prior to serving three terms on the Polk County Commission. She died in a car crash in 2008 at age 58.
Read about her at:
https://www.theledger.com/news/20080523/crash-victim-marlene-young-remembered-as-smart-articulate-public-servant
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/theledger/obituary.aspx?n=marlene-duffy-young&pid=110391584

PETITIONS -- SIMPLE & EASY — YET TREMENDOUSLY POWERFUL!

Please download, print and sign each of these petitions...
...and join the ranks of voters who care about making positive changes one step at a time.  You can turn in your signed forms at any Democratic meetings or events, at the Polk Democratic office at the address below, or mail to the address on the petition. (Please only sign each of these petitions once and sign with the same name and signature as is on your voter registration)

Proposed Home Rule Charter Amendment  (CLICK TO DOWNLOAD PETITION)
Initiated by a non-partisan, non-special interest group of grassroots supporters who believe that county commissioners should ONLY be elected by the voters IN THEIR DISTRICT.

Ban Assualt Weapons (CLICK TO DOWNLOAD PETITION)
Bump stocks have just been made illegal and its time for Florida Voters to take the next step and band Assualt Weapons.  Do we really need another massacre of students like the recent Parkland killings?


THE MEDICAID PETETION HAS BEEN HALTED IN COURT BY ACTIONS OF THE FLORIDA ATTORNEY'S OFFICE. THE GOP DOESN'T WANT INTERFERENCE FROM THE VOTERS OF FLORIDA IN CONTROLLING

THEIR

STATE.

We thank the businesses who helped us make "Swing into Spring!" a great success...

Please use their services and tell them "THANKS!" from the Polk County Democrats.

Many Thanks to our Swing into Spring Sponsors

Dozens joined Us for our July Debate Watch Parties at our Democratic Headquarters in Lakeland!

Polk Dems hosted a Debate Watch Party at the Democratic Office in Lakeland.

Our Democratic Debate Watch Parties hosted enthusiastic voters on July 30 and 31
at Polk County Democratic Headquarters, 1549 S. Combee Road in Lakeland.

The Wednesday Night debate was well attended, too.

Attendees enjoyed refreshments, Watch Party Bingo and prizes.
Thanks to all for coming!

NOTICE TO DELEGATES TO THE 2019 FLORIDA DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR POLK COUNTY DELEGATES TO THE
2019 STATE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION!

Are you one of the 65+ Delegates to the
Florida Democratic Party Convention?

October 11th -13th  2019 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida
All Polk delegates must pay their convention fee immediately.
Polk County Democratic Executive Committee (DEC)
1549 S. Combee Rd., Lakeland, FL 33801
Fee now due: $60 payable to Polk County DEC.

Link to 2019 State Convention Delegate Information: 

The State Convention will be October 11-13, 2019 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida!

Polk County Dems bid Ruth Ann Eaddy a fond farewell

Farewell, Ruth Ann Eaddy! And thanks for the many years of service and friendship!

RUTH ANN EADDY

Former Polk County Democratic State Committee Woman,
2016 Marlene Duffy Young Polk County Woman of the Year,
and Haines City Democratic Headquarters Office Manager,
is leaving Florida to be closer to her family in Waco, TX.
A Farewell Party in her honor was held on Sunday, July 28 near her home in Lake Hamilton.
Every member of the DEC, every Democrat, and each of her many., many friends will miss her
and wish all the very best in her new home.
Photos by José Garcia. Composite by Ellis Moose, III

POLK COUNTY YOUNG DEMOCRATS RECEIVE CERTIFICATE OF ORGANIZATION

We are so proud of our club for receiving a Certificate of Organization from Florida Young Democrats.
Wesley Beggs, President of Florida Young Democrats, came to the PCYD meeting to present officers with their Certificate of Organization
"We are excited to be working with FYD to flip Polk blue!,"
Taylor Aguilera, President



From L to R:
Emily Adams, Secretary of Polk Young Dems; Taylor Aguilera, President of Polk Young Dems;
Wesley Beggs, President Florida Young Dems; Andrew Thompson, VP Polk Young Dems
PHOTO PROVIDED. PHOTO CREDIT - Jose Garcia

Polk Dems celebrate success and plan for more at our Potluck for Precinct Captains

A big thanks to all the Precinct Captains who attended our
Precinct Captains' Potluck, Saturday, July 20.

And huge kudoes to Jesse Brooks for his inspirational, motivational, and practical discussion to help us move forward to meet our goals.
An obvious goal is "Dump Trump" and we, in Polk County on the I-4 corridor,
could be the key to flipping Florida with its 29 electoral votes.

Preceding the potluck, the planning committee for our FOCUS 2020 GALA
met to finalize some details for our annual dinner scheduled for Friday, September 27 at the Civic Center in Bartow.

Juky 20, 2019 — Polk PCs Potluck & Planning meeting


As Jesse said, we are the point of the sword. 
WE ARE THE CAVALRY!  And the time for action is NOW!
Many participants networked with adjoining precinct captains to form "teams" to work their areas together.
One clear conclusion was
PCs need more volunteers to help them contact voters in their precincts.

For those who were not at the meeting or who would like to make calls with the help of experienced phonebankers, we have scheduled a
Phonebank for Volunteer Recruitment
Monday, July 29, from 6 PM to 8 PM
Polk County Democratic Headquarters, 1549 S. Combee Road, Lakeland. 

Please sign up at https://www.mobilize.us/polkcountydec/event/104551/
We will provide lists, scripts, and best practice information and your calls will be specific for your precinct. Refreshments and fellowship will be provided.   

Support Your Reproductive Rights on September 30, 2019, in Lakeland



Reproductive Rights - Sept. 30, 2019

Save the date — October 26 for "A Night in Havana!"

Contact Linda Sata for tickets or more information.

Lakeland Democratic Club presernts "A Night in Havana!"

All events are listed on the events calendar

Polk County regular club and caucus meetings can be found by clicking here or
on the "FIND EVENTS" button.

See links to Municipal events in Polk County, FL

!!!NEW FEATURE!!!

Click Here for links to Municipal Events in Polk County, FL.

Please send your group's event information and updates to

Beacon@SolivitaDemocrats.org

David Jones recieves Distinguished Leader Award from Congressman Darren Soto

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR VERY OWN DAVID JONES!



David serves as our Polk County State Committeeman.
David was honored by Congressman Darren Soto with the Distinguished Leader Award. Congressman Darren Soto read David's biography on the floor of the 116th Congress and it will be submitted to the Congressional record.
Well deserved David!

David Jones and Kathie Sutherland host the Rainbow Ridge tent at Polk Pride June 2019

David Jones and Kathie Sutherland host the Rainbow Ridge tent at Polk Pride, June 2019.

Recent News

There will be one award for the Polk DEC Democratic Man of the Year and one for the Polk DEC Democratic Woman of the Year.Nominate someone you believe shows exceptional commitment, service, and dedication to the Polk DEC and the Democratic Party values. DEADLINE:  By Midnight August 30,
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12

Aug

2019

A Message from our DEC Chair Kathie Sutherland

By Katherine Sutherland From Polk County Democratic Party

We have had an eventful month marked by both hope and tragedy.  What could be more tragic than 3 mass shootings in a week, and 2 within 24 hours.

Enough is enough! Our legislators have failed to act, and now for these victims and their families it is too late. We must hold our elected

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08

Aug

2019

DPFC Announces "Bylaws Changes Coming" at FL Convention

By Michael Calderin, President From Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida
Members and Friends, We're getting ready for Convention! The 2019 Florida Democratic Party Convention will be held the weekend of October 11-13 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort.We can make delegate appointments for Democrats who want to attend on behalf of the DPCF.  If you're
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07

Aug

2019

Progressives Say Republicans Complicit in Deaths

By Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida
Coral Springs - The Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida has released the following statement:The Republican Party is complicit in the deaths of at least 34 innocent men, women, and children this past weekend. By supporting a white nationalist president and refusing to pass sensible gun laws,
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NORTHEAST POLK DEMOCRATIC CLUB established in the Davenport area

WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST CLUB!
THE NORTHEAST POLK DEMOCRATIC CLUB has been formed and officers and board members elected at a meeting on May 23, 2019.

Northeast Polk Democratic Club Officers & Board

L-R: Board Member Donna Urbina, Board Member Nancy Stern, Vice-President Joseph Leach,
President Barbara Harris, Treasurer Maria Moreria, Secretary Linda Cima

Polk County Establishes Environmental Caucus!

Congratulations to all of those who attended the meeting to establish this important caucus on Thursday, April 25 at Democratic Headquaters in Lakeland.

Polk County Enviornmental Caucus Officers elected April 25, 2019.
From left to right: Board member, Cindy Layner; Treasurer, Andrea Chapman; Secretary, Letisha Gonzalez;
Board member, Paul Anderson; Vice President, Brett Upthagrove; Chair/President, Len Olavessen.

A strong showing of concerned Polk County Demcrats turned out to help get the new caucus off to a strong start!

Members of the Polk County Democratic Enviornmental Caucus.

The caucus will hold future meetings at the Polk County Democratic Headquaters Office at
1549 S. Combee Road, Lakeland, on the fourth Thursday of each month
beginning at 6:30 p.m. on May 23rd.

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Polk Democrats Celebrate Opening of Our Lakeland Office, Feb. 20, 2019

Our strength derives from our diversity.
Polk County Democrats believe in a strong sense of community.
    We are working to improve the lives of everyone who lives in our county, state and nation by promoting issues and candidates that provide for the common good of all people.

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