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For more information contact
James Roche, Candidate Assessment & Voter Awareness Committee Chair
Polk County Progressive Democratic Caucus
Telephone: +1 (561) 955-0940
Polk County Progressives – Candidate Forum to be held on July 16th in Bartow, FloridaDemocratic candidates for three US House of Representatives districts and six Florida House and Senate districts will be on the dais to present their credentials and answer questions from moderator Dr. Susan MacManus.
HAINES CITY, Florida, 02 July 2018—The Polk County Progressive Democratic Caucus (PCPDC) announces thePolk County Progressives – Candidate Forum
to be held 6:30 to 9:00 on the evening of Monday, July 16th
at the Neil Combee Administration Building in Bartow, Florida. Fourteen Democratic candidates for US House and Florida Senate and House districts that touch on Polk county will participate in the event.
US House 9 Alan Grayson
9 Darren Soto
15 Kristen Carlson
15 Andrew Learned
15 Raymond Pena
17 April Freeman
17 Bill Pollard
Florida House 39 Ricky Shirah
40 Dr. Shandale Terrell
42 Barbara Cady
Florida Senate 20 Joy Gibson
20 Kathy Lynn Lewis
22 Robert Doyel
26 Catherine Price
The Forum will be moderated by Dr. Susan MacManus, a Distinguished University Professor Emerita at the University of South Florida. Dr. MacManus is Florida’s most-quoted political scientist. She is the political analyst for WFTS-TV (ABC Action News, Tampa) and has appeared on all major broadcast and cable TV networks. Dr. MacManus is a seasoned author with numerous political and historical publications.
Participation in the Forum was not as simple as saying “yes” to an invitation. Each candidate was first invited to participate in the PCPDCCandidate Assessment and Voter Awareness Initiative
by completing a candidate questionnaire. “The energy and resources ready to support Progressive Democratic candidates are at an all-time high,” according to James Roche, PCPDC Initiative Committee Chair. “This PCPDC initiative was established to provide information and candidate access for Polk County voters with progressive values to determine where to focus.” Responding to the questionnaire, derived from the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida’s platform, was the critical prerequisite for invitation to the Candidate Forum. All candidate responses and PCPDC ratings ranging from “Leans Progressive” to “Strongly Progressive” are posted on line atwww.polkprogressives.com
The Forum has turned into a family affair for Polk County Democrats, with the Polk County Democratic Executive Committee and eight county clubs and caucuses signing on to partner with the PCPDC.
Democratic Women's Club - Lakeland
Greater Winter Haven Democratic Club
Lake Wales Area Democratic Club
Lakeland Democratic Club
Polk Democratic Black Caucus
Polk Democratic Hispanic Caucus
Rainbow Ridge LGBTA Democratic Caucus of Polk County
Solivita Democratic Club, Polk County FL
Partners help with promotion and volunteers and in return are invited to submit questions for the candidates. “In this election cycle we have so many strong Democratic candidates running and leadership views this event as a tangible demonstration to our fellow Democrats of that strength” says Shawn Kinsey, Chairman of the Polk County Democratic Executive Committee. For more information, please contact Polk County Progressive Democratic Caucus firstname.lastname@example.org
or at +1 (561) 955-0940.
The Polk County Progressive Democratic Caucus (PCPDC) is a chartered chapter of the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida. The purpose of PCPDC is to strengthen and maintain a relationship between the progressive community of Polk County and the Democratic Party. The PCPDC builds on the foundation of the progressive history of the Democratic Party to promote the continued development and growth of core progressive ideas and principles within the Democratic Party. To learn more contact Polk County Progressive Democratic Caucus at: Polk County Democratic Office, 651 East Main St., Haines City, FL 33844.
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