Polk County Progressives – Candidate Forum to be held on July 16

Thu, Jul 5, 2018

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News Release


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, Florida

Democratic 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 the

Polk County Progressives – Candidate Forum

to be held 6:30 to 9:00 on the evening of Monday, July 16


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 PCPDC

Candidate 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 at


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 at


or at +1 (561) 955-0940.

About Polk County Progressive Democratic Caucus

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.


: polkprogressives@gmail.com.

Telephone +1 (561) 955-0940.

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