Announcements from Democratic Progressive Caucus of Floridathe

Wed, Dec 20, 2017

Florida Politics

Reflecting on 2017
The Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida Officers and Board of Directors are proud of the work our caucus has done in 2017. We have resisted, persisted, and organized for change. We created a home for frustrated Democrats who were ready to give up after the 2016 election, and we provided training and inspiration for activists from the Panhandle to the Keys.

We established or recertified 19 local chapters, as well as receiving our own recertification from the Florida Democratic Party.

Congratulations to Big Bend, Northeast Florida, St. Johns, Alachua, Citrus, Fun Coast, Coquina Coast, Brevard, Central Florida, Sumter, Polk, Tampa Bay, Pinellas, Sarasota-Charlotte, Peace River, Treasure Coast, Broward, Collier, and Miami-Dade for you dedication to progressive issues and causes! We're excited to have chapters in formation in Manatee, Palm Beach, and Pasco Counties. Including local chapters and the state caucus, we currently have over 1000 members! Visit our website to connect with a local chapter near you.

The DPCF also won a $5000 grant from the Florida Democratic Party. We produced a series of ads that increased our membership and enhanced our social media presence.

We endorsed State Senator Annette Taddeo in her bid to hold office, and Mayor Rick Kriseman in his successful re-election. Annette is proving to be a much-needed progressive voice in the Florida Senate, and Mayor Kriseman will continue to be a progressive beacon in the Tampa Bay area. Congratulation, Annette and Rick!

Time to Renew Your Membership
As you know, all state caucus memberships expire on December 31st. We invite you to join or renew your membership for 2018 now. Your annual dues are:

Regular Member (Voting) - $25
Student Member (Voting) - $10
Associate Member (Non-Voting) - $15

We're happy to announce that we have set up an ActBlue account for caucus financial transactions. (Thanks to VP Michael Calderin and Aaron Monse for taking on this task!)

Join or renew by clicking here.

Everyone who renews or joins by December 31, will be entered in a drawing for a $100 gift card.

*If you joined or renewed after September 1, 2017, your membership will extend through the end of 2018. Contact Marilyn Cappiello at to verify your status.

FDP Chair Election
On December 9th, the Florida Democratic Party State Executive Committee elected Terrie Rizzo, Chair of the Palm Beach County DEC and the Democratic County Chairs' Association (DCCA), as FDP's new chair. Terrie has been a tireless volunteer for Democrats and will bring her skills at organizing and outreach to the party. Congratulations, Terrie! We look forward to working with you.

We also want to congratulate Stacey Patel, Chair of the Brevard County DEC, who ran a positive, issue-focused campaign for FDP Chair on very short notice. Stacey energized many grassroots Democrats and many of our members who supported her with their passion, donations, time and pledges of monthly donations and volunteer hours had she been elected. Stacey's campaign clearly demonstrated how grassroots support can spark a movement.
Legislative Calls
If you are interested in participating in our weekly legislative calls during session, please contact Mitchell Stollberg at for more information. Our next call is Thursday, January 4, 2017 at 6:00 PM.

Our annual conference will take place over the weekend of May 18-20, 2018 in Gainesville. The DPC Big Bend and Alachua chapters are jointly organizing. Thanks to Paul Stolc, President of Big Bend, and Katy Burnett, President of Alachua for hosting us! More details about the conference will be announced soon.

Have a joyous holiday season!

All the best,
Susan Smith
Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida
The Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida is an official charter of the Florida Democratic Party. 

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