Polk County Democrats Announce Man & Woman of the Year at Annual Gala March 19
The Democratic Executive Committee of Polk County hosted their annual fundraising gala last Saturday evening at the Chain of Lakes Complex in Winter Haven.
Juanita and Lemuel Geathers, Sr. were honored as “Our Guiding Stars” for their lifetime of service to the citizens of Polk County. Mr. Geathers was chairman of the D.E.C. in 1977. He served as the first African-American mayor of Winter Haven. His wife, Juanita, served as Secretary for the Florida Democratic Party State Executive Committee (1996-2000) and also was the highest ranking African-American woman during her tenure as Secretary. The Geathers reside in Winter Haven, Florida.
Shawn Kinsey of Winter Haven was recognized with the Lawton Chiles-Polk County Democratic Man of the Year Award. Kinsey is president of the East Central Polk Democratic Club, president of the Polk County Democratic Black Caucus, Recording secretary of the Democratic Black Caucus of Florida, and secretary of the Polk County DEC. He also serves as precinct committeeman.
Ruth Ann Eaddy of Lake Hamilton was presented with the Marlene Duffy Young-Polk County Democratic Woman of the Year Award. Eaddy became a Democrat the day Lawton Chiles announced he was running for governor. She serves as Polk County State Committeewoman. She manages the first year-round Democratic office in Haines City and directs the staff of volunteers. Additionally, Eaddy is chair of the Polk County Campaign Committee and has worked diligently to recruit and promote the Democratic slate of well-qualified candidates for local, county and national races.
The annual gala attracted more than 140 supporters to the affair. Funds raised will go toward office expenses and voter participation efforts. There are no paid staff members in Polk County. All work is done on a voluntary basis.
For more information, contact:
Polk County D.E.C.
Ellis Moose, III
Lawton Chiles – Polk County Democratic Man of the Year
Ruth Ann Eaddy
Marlene Duffy Young - Polk County Democratic Woman of the Year