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"Lakeland Live" City Commissioneers Candidate Forum — Monday, October 21

Bridge Local/Lakeland Live — Monday, October 21, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM.

Studio "B" (The Old Firestation) 202 N. Massechuetts Ave., Lakeland 33801.

Talk directly with the candiadate for the Lakeland City Commission from 6:30 until 7:30.

Then watch and listen as they discuss the important issues

that will face the next City Commission.

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Join us at the Annual Bartow Halloween Parade — Thursday, October 24th!

The Bartow Crickette Club will stage its annual
Halloween Parade and Carnival beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24.
The parade will commence at First Avenue and East Main Street and wind through downtown Bartow, then travel south on Broadway Avenue to Mosaic Park at the Bartow Civic Center.
The carnival kicks off at Mosaic Park after the parade.

Halloween Parade in Bartow, October 24th

Directions to the formation area of to the Bartow Halloween Parade.

Arrive on Hwy 17 and 98 on the East side of Bartow. 
If driving south turn right at the MLK.
If driving north on Hwy 17 and 98 turn Left at the traffic light at MLK.
Drive west to the far end of MLK where there is a
"T" intersection at South 2nd Ave.
Turn Right and look for Section 9 of the parade between MLK and Wabash Street ... We will be there early (about 3:15 PM)
to decorate any cars that want to be part of the parade. 
Any candidates who wish to join and be seen by the huge crowds of kids, parents and press should have signs on their cars and your "T" shirted staff members walking with you and the candy give away folks too. 
Crowd size has been described as near 45,000 folks watching.
There are plenty of open grass area free parking lot places along South 2nd Ave. for those who are going to walk and give out candy. We will bring you back to your cars after the parade or you may make other arrangements as you desire.
Lock your car and do not leave valuables visible. 
Bring some extra wrapped candy, if you can,
since we have never gotten to the end with any extra candy.
Tt is a long route so wear good running shoes for comfort and speed.

The official start is 4:00 PM and those many units on South 1st Avenue do begin to move about that time and once they have entered Main Street in Bartow,
our 2nd Ave. side slowly begins to follow by about 4:30 PM.
If you arrive later than 4:00 PM it is still possible to join the fun.

You are NOT permitted to throw candy to the folks along the route.

Any questions or if your totally lost call Walter O'Rourke at 302-563-7790.
We will guide you to the parade formation area, section 9.

Party with the Young Dems on Friday, October 25th!

Meet with the Polk County Young Dems October 25!

Celebrate with the Lakeland Democratic Club — Saturday, October 26

Contact Linda Sata for tickets or more information.

Lakeland Democratic Club presernts

We Honor our Veterans — Lakeland, November 8 & 9

Veterans' Day Breakfast

Attend this Education Summit for Florida's Public Schools — November 21 from 6 to 8pm

Polk County Democratic Headquarters

Polk County Florida Democrats
Polk County Democrats Lakeland Office
NEW ADDRESS! 1553 South Combee Road, Lakeland, FL 33801
(We moved October 1 — same location — just two doors north)

Lakeland Office Hours

(863) 668-7199

Polk County DEC Chair:
Kathie Sutherland

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Announcements for our Chair

By Katherine Sutherland From Polk County Democratic Party

The Polk DEC has several important matters we would like you to pass on to your club and caucus members.  Please send out an email to notify those members who don't always attend club meetings. 

1) We have a matching grant for donations up to $500 to a maximum amount of $3000. 

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Congratulations to Becky Wynkoop and Bob Doyel, our Polk County Democrats of the Year!

FOCUS 2020 - Polk County Democrats Annula Gala

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Our Featured Gala Speakers were:
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Thaks to all of our Club & Caucuses for their tremendous support!
Click here to see photos of our FOCUS 2020 Gala

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He still requests no visitors until he has more time to recover.
He expressed his sincere thanks for all the calls, Facebook and Twitter posts, prayers and well-wishes
from all his friends in Polk County and across the state.

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