Senator Cory Booker to Speak at Florida Dems 2016 Leadership Blue Gala in Hollywood, FL

Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant announced that New Jersey Senator Cory Booker will speak at the 2016 Leadership Blue Gala on June 18th in Hollywood, Florida. Additional speakers and planning details will follow in the coming weeks.

Senator Cory Booker said, “I’m excited to join Florida Democrats at this year’s Leadership Blue Gala. As the largest swing state in the nation, Florida will play a determining role in stopping Donald Trump and returning the Senate to Democratic hands. While we know the work ahead won’t be easy, I know Sunshine State Democrats are fired up and ready to deliver Florida for the third time in a row. I look forward to seeing you this June as we continue to move our country forward.” 

FDP Chair Allison Tant said, “Florida Democrats are honored to have Senator Cory Booker joining us for the 2016 Leadership Blue Gala as we unite to celebrate our party’s values and work to build on the progress we’ve made over the last 8 years. As Mayor of Newark and in the United States Senate, Senator Booker’s leadership has brought Republicans and Democrats together to get things done without compromising on the values which make our party and our nation strong. We’re excited to have Senator Booker on our team as we take the fight to Donald Trump and his Florida Republican allies.” 

Cory Booker is connected to the people of New Jersey and the challenges they face every day.

Since winning election to the United States Senate in October 2013, Cory has been innovative, persistent and put partisanship aside, bringing people together to get things done for New Jersey. Cory has focused on creating new jobs, improving economic opportunity for all New Jerseyans, speeding the pace of Hurricane Sandy recovery and addressing the economic squeeze facing middle class families.

The senator is working to break down the old partisan barriers that have made Washington so removed from the concerns of everyday New Jerseyans. He has reached across the aisle to work on issues such as reforming the criminal justice system to strengthen communities and save taxpayers money.

A news profile captured Cory’s approach to serving people all across New Jersey: “‘I want to be a different kind of senator,’ he said. ‘I want to push for real change on substantive issues, advocating for industry and jobs. But I want to create a record of doing, figuring out, how to replicate the best ideas … as a senator.

Cory won a special election to fill the term of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg- and became New Jersey’s first African-American senator. Under his leadership as mayor, New Jersey’s largest city, Newark, entered its biggest period of economic growth since the 1960s – the first new downtown hotels were constructed in 40 years, the first new office towers in 20. During Cory’s tenure, overall crime declined and the quality of life for residents improved with more affordable housing, new green spaces and parks, increased educational opportunities and more efficient city services.

Cory was born in Washington, D.C. His father, Cary, was from North Carolina and the son of a single mom, and his mother, Carolyn, is a Detroit native. They both worked for IBM and relocated the family to Harrington Park in Bergen County. Housing rights activists helped the family buy their first home after initially being turned down because of the color of their skin.

A star athlete at Northern Valley High School in Old Tappan, Cory earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University, where he also played for the football team. Cory ran a crisis hotline for students and worked with disadvantaged youth in East Palo Alto. He then attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar where he ran a student tutoring and mentoring program in a disadvantaged community. Cory earned his law degree from Yale Law School, where he helped lead free legal clinics for New Haven residents.

After moving to Newark, Cory lived for eight years in Brick Towers, a low-income housing complex. He now owns a home and lives in Newark’s Central Ward community.

Broward Democrats May Meeting Recap

Broward Democrats,

The Broward Democratic Party held an exciting and informative monthly meeting on May 17th. Thank you to everyone who attended. BDP hosted three excellent speakers focusing on important issues in our community, and how we can TAKE ACTION to make a difference. SEIU Political Director Marcus Dixon spoke about the importance of “Ban the Box”, George Cavros discussed the significant differences between the August and November solar energy amendments, and SEIU Broward Regional Organizer Candy Herrera spoke about the Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC) and upcoming immigration clinics and volunteer opportunities.

Ban the Box

SEIU’s Political Director, Marcus Dixon gave an informative presentation on Ban the Box. The initiative is designed to delay background checks for job applicants until after a conditional offer of employment has been extended. Studies have shown that a conviction record reduces the likelihood of a job callback or offer by nearly 50%, regardless of skills or qualifications.

There are approximately 70 million adults in the United States with arrest records or convictions, and half of African American men have been arrested before the age of 23. When applicants are forced to check the box, they are often never given an opportunity to address either the merit of the arrest, the circumstances surrounding the arrest, or steps that have been taken towards rehabilitation. In cases like these the innocence of the individual holds no power, and the record follows them throughout their life. Ultimately, an arrest or conviction creates a vicious cycle. Those with convictions are unable to obtain employment. Without a job, they are unable to become law-abiding, tax-paying citizens. Mayor Wayne Messam of Miramar was in attendance to show his support. He went on the record to back Ban the Box, and discussed the need to address the issue at the local level. “Current policies place barriers and prejudices against individuals without giving a fair chance to demonstrate their qualifications.” Mayor Messam is championing a similar initiative in Miramar at the city level.

President Obama has directed the Office of Personnel Management to take action by modifying hiring rules, and to delay inquiries into criminal history until later in the hiring process. In Broward County, Ban the Box is being proposed to codify fairness and opportunity. It does not eliminate background checks, nor does it force employers to hire employees with a criminal background. It simply eliminates the possibility of being immediately judged based off their criminal history. Research indicates that once employers reviewed the skills and qualifications of applicant, they would be more likely to hire, despite the criminal background. In the United States, 23 states have adopted Ban the Box, and over 100 cities and counties have implemented the policy.

CALL TO ACTION: The Broward Democratic Party is calling on members to support Ban the Box at the Broward County Commission Meeting on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at the Broward County Government Center, 115 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Call your commissioners in advance to show your support.

Solar Amendment Initiatives

George Cavros discussed the amendments regarding solar energy. Living in the Sunshine State, we have a great solar resource. Yet, of the 9 million energy customers in Florida, we have 8,500 rooftop solar systems. These numbers are due to burdensome taxes that increase the cost of solar power—but voters can change that. On August 30th, you can vote YES on Amendment 4. If passed, the proposed amendment will exempt solar systems from the tangible personal property tax for 20 years. The taxes are passed on to the customers in the form of increased solar power prices of up to 5 cents per kilowatt-hour. While there are other policies also important to strong solar power development, Amendment 4 tax exemption is the more immediate. Better solar economics leads to better solar development, which begins a cleaner and more sustainable future.

CALL TO ACTION: On August 30th, vote YES on Amendment 4.

Immigration Clinics

Candy Herrera, the South Florida Community Organizer at SEIU, spoke about the Florida Immigrant Coalition. FLIC is an organization that has been around since 1998, consists of lawyers, farm workers, youth, advocates, union, and community organizations. With over 100 allies, it is becoming a social movement. They work to help immigrant families financially, and legally. They “envision a new Florida based on inclusion and equality, without racism and exclusion, where immigrants can live and love without fear.” Their services help immigrants get citizenship and register to vote. Citizenship takes three months to process, leaving enough time where these new citizens can have a voice come time for election.

CALL TO ACTION: The Florida Immigration Clinic is requesting volunteers for upcoming citizenship clinics on May 27, 28, and June 1,2,3,4, and 11. Email Ivan Parra – for more information.

Thank you again to everyone who attended this months meeting. Please join us at our next monthly meeting on June 21st at 7:00 PM!

FDP Announces 2016 Democratic National Convention Delegation

Congratulations to all the Broward Democrats elected to be Delegates to the National Convention!
We know you will represent Broward County and the Democratic party well.

Today, the Florida Democratic Party announced the finalized 2016 Democratic National Convention delegation. Following the completion of today’s delegate selection process, Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant made the following statement:

“We’re thrilled to announce that after record-breaking turnout we have completed our delegate selection process for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. I want to thank each and every Democrat who participated in this process and helped make it an incredible success. Florida Democrats are fired up and ready to take on Donald Trump and the Florida Republicans who have rushed to embrace his brand of bigotry and xenophobia.”

For a list of the 140 pledged delegates, please click here.

The following Florida Democrats were elected today by the 140 pledged delegates to serve as At Large, PLEO, and Alternate delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention:

Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) Delegates

For Secretary Hillary Clinton:

Lori Berman
Cynthia Chestnut
Janet Cruz
Anne Gannon
Audrey Gibson
Mia Jones
Darden Rice
Barbara Shareif
Oscar Braynon
Bob Buckhorn
Buddy Dyer
Andrew Gillum
Philip Levine
Thomas Masters
Wayne Messam
Jean Monestime
Jared Moskowitz
Eleanor Sobel

For Senator Bernie Sanders:

Deanie Bergbreiter
Cynthia Busch
Amber Cansino
Adriana Gonzalez
Samantha Herring
James Auffant
Dwight Bullard
Alix Desulme
Matt Killen
Ali Kurnaz


At Large Delegates

For Secretary Hillary Clinton:

Ana Cruz
Jessica Davis
Margo Dixon
Wanda Francis
Kat Gordon
Karen Green
Millie Herrera
Ginger Lew
Wendi Lipsich
Lynette Long
Joanne McCall
Deidra Newton
Nan Rich
Ghazala Salam
Isabel Santos
Alex Sink
Freddy Balsera
Vince Cameron
Manny Diaz
Marcus Dixon
Bob Graham
Steven Hall
Alex Heckler
Christopher Korge
Luis Lauredo
Raul Martinez
Deandre Poole
John Ramos
David Richardson
Chirstian Ulvert

For Senator Bernie Sanders:

Rose Campbell
Maria Camillo
Sara Coutu
Gillian Edwards Brown
Marissa Lee
Denise Lombardi
Wendy Marie Sejour
Ciera Smith
Kris Zolondek
Thomas Egan
Amos Miers
AJ Nichols
Kirk Root
Nkume Sobe
Bradley Van Waus
Adam Woodhall

Alternate Delegates

For Secretary Hillary Clinton:

Toni Alfred
Linda Bird
Margaret Ellington
Stephanie Garza
Catherine Theriault
Vangie Watson
Mohammad Akther
Arthur Costa
Vincent Evans
Luke Flynt
Jonathan Oriole
Dean Trantalis

For Senator Bernie Sanders:

Doreen Dupont
Shivani Patel
Rhetta Peoples
Nico Armesto
Shane Harris
Paul Stolc

Broward Democratic Party National Convention Delegate Election Results

Below are the results for the elections for delegates to the Democratic National Convention held on May 5 & 7th 2016 as well as additional information on the selection process for at-large, alternates, and PLEO delegates.

Congratulations to the winners, we look forward to you representing us in Philadelphia!

2016 Democratic National Convention

The 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held the week of July 25th – 28th in Philadelphia, PA.

The process to select Florida’s delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA will work as follows:

1. The results of Florida’s March 15, 2016 presidential primary election will be used to apportion delegates to the national convention. 

2. On May 7, 2016, grassroots Democrats from each of Florida’s 27 congressional districts will meet in congressional district caucuses to elect 135 district-level delegates to the Democratic National Convention. 

3. Following the congressional district caucuses, the Florida Democratic Party will hold a special meeting in Orlando, Florida, May 21, 2016, where the district-level delegates will meet to select 27 Pledged Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) Delegates, 45 At-Large Delegates, and 17 At-Large Alternates to the Democratic National Convention. 

By ensuring all Democrats have a voice in the national convention, this Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plan will ensure that the Florida Democratic Party delegation will truly represent the tremendous diversity of Florida and the Democratic Party.

2016 District Level Delegates: Official Winners

Click here to view the list of district Level Delegates, pledged to the Clinton Campaign, who were elected at the Congressional District Caucuses.

Click here to view the list of district Level Delegates, pledged to the Sanders Campaign, who were elected at the Congressional District Caucuses.

Delegate Allocation

Florida’s Delegates to the Democratic National Convention are a allocated to each Presidential Campaign based on vote of the March 15, 2016 Presidential Preference Primary.

Please click here to view the Allocation of Delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Additional Information and Documents

Click here to view the 2016 “Delegate Selection Plan.”