Best in Broward Celebration, November 4th

Best in Broward Celebration, Democrats Who Make a DifferenceYou are invited to the Broward Democratic Party’s Inaugural Best in Broward Celebration. Too often those who devote an inordinate amount of time, energy, and money into making the Democratic Party successful in Broward go under-recognized. This year we have invited many of our public officials and clubs to choose an individual to honor from our community who best represents what being a volunteer and advocate for democratic principles is all about. Come meet and celebrate the men and women who make a difference in Broward Politics.

Senator Bill Nelson will be presented with the 2017 Democrat of the Year Award. Other honored guest include Congressman Ted Deutch, Congressman Alcee Hastings, and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Please join us for this exciting cocktail reception and awards program.

For sponsorship information please contact DEC Executive Director Travis Perron

Event Date: Saturday Nov. 4th, 2017 5PM – 8PM
Event Location: Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel

Address: 1617 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316

Tickets available at:


Paid for by the Broward Democratic Party, 8320 West Sunrise Blvd. Suite 203, Plantation, FL 33322, independent of any candidate or candidate’s committee.

Jeff Pole appointed 2nd Vice Chair of the Broward Democratic Party


Thank you to all of our membership who attended last night’s October Special Election Meeting of the Broward Democratic Party. Unfortunately, the election to fill the vacancy in the Second Vice Chair position could not take place because quorum was not met. There were 173 voting DEC members in attendance last night. Pursuant to the Florida Democratic Party By-Laws quorum is currently set at 30% or 216 voting members in attendance.

Jeff Pole, Area Leader from Sunrise, was the only nomination. Pursuant to the by-laws, Chairwoman Cynthia Busch asked the Management Committee members in attendance to appoint Mr. Pole to the position of Second Vice Chair until a quorum can be met. The Management Committee unanimously approved the appointment. Mr. Pole’s appointment will last until an election for Second Vice Chair is held. In the meantime, Jeff Pole will immediately assume all duties and responsibilities of the Second Vice Chair. We would like to congratulate Mr. Pole on his appointment.


Pursuant to the Broward Democratic Party By-Laws:

9.02 In the event of a vacancy in an elected office of the COUNTY COMMITTEE, the Chair, with the consent of the majority of the Management Committee, may appoint acting officers until a successor is elected by the COUNTY COMMITTEE. A successor shall be elected by the COUNTY COMMITTEE at a regular or special meeting to be held within forty-five (45) days of the occurrence of the vacancy, and upon not less than fifteen (15) days written notice of such vacancy and proposed election being furnished to all members.

The Broward Democratic Party is #fightingforyou

Remembering Diane Glasser

Fellow Democrats,

We are saddened to say a great Democratic leader, Diane Glasser, passed away early Tuesday morning at the age of 89. Diane entered the world of Democratic activism with a passion. Throughout her long career in the Democratic Party she was a local Democratic Club President, and was a founding member of the Tamarac/Sawgrass Democratic Club. Diane was elected State Committeewoman on six occasions, and served as representative of Broward County at the Florida Democratic Party. She also served as a representative of the state of Florida in the capacity a member of the Democratic National Committee for 24 years.
Diane was also an early fighter for social justice, and spoke out for those who could not speak for themselves. Specifically, she spoke out on both Black and LGBTQ issues in a time where these views were not widely held. Diane’s civic responsibility and civic engagement made Broward a better community, and her wisdom, guidance, and leadership will be missed.

Diane’s service will be held at the
Star of David Cemetery
Sunday at 10:30AM
7801 Bailey Rd, North Lauderdale, FL 33068


Mitch Ceasar – Former Chair of the Broward Democratic Party
Cynthia Busch – Chair of the Broward Democratic Party

Reorganizational Meeting Election Results

PLANTATION, FL – Following the Broward Democratic Party Reorganization Meeting, newly elected Chair, Cynthia Busch, issued the following statement,

“I am excited to announce that we have elected a new generation of Democratic leadership here in Broward County. In the past election cycle we greatly exceeded both turnout and fundraising expectations for our county party, and I plan to build upon this growth as we look to the future. I am humbled by the overwhelming support I received in this election, and thankful for the opportunity to lead the local party as we look to impact change on local, statewide, and national issues.

“In the weeks since the election I have fielded hundreds of calls and emails from Democrats that want to get involved and want to see even more change. It is my intention to assemble committees whose purpose will be to both welcome in new members, and reach out to all communities in Broward County. I want to make sure that all Democrats, and their ideas and values, have a voice. With the help of our precinct committee people, management committee, and staff I hope to implement these suggestions and other changes to grow the reach of our party.

“I would like to thank Mitch Ceasar for his decades of impassioned leadership at the helm of the county party. We will build on the foundation that he laid for us as Chair.”

The results of the elections are as follows:
Chair – Cynthia Busch
State Committeewoman – Grace Carrington
State Committeeman – Ken Evans
First Vice-Chair – Richard Hoye
Second Vice-Chair – Richard Nettina
Recording Secretary – Stacy Boegem
Treasurer – Seth Platt
Corresponding Secretary – Joshua Simmons

2016 Broward DEC Reorganization Meeting

The Broward Democratic Executive Committee will hold its reorganizational meeting on December 3rd. Our meeting will take place at the following time and location:

Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016

Preregistration: 11:30 AM Call to Order: 1:00 PM

Location: Signature Grand, 6900 W. State Road 84, Davie, FL 33317

Pursuant to the Bylaws of the Florida Democratic Party, only precinct committee members elected in the Democratic Primary held August 30, 2016, and Democratic members of the state legislature who reside in this county are eligible to vote at this meeting.  

The purpose of the reorganizational meeting is to elect the following Broward DEC officers:

  • Chair
  • State Committeewoman
  • State Committeeman
  • First Vice Chair
  • Second Vice Chair
  • Recording Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Corresponding Secretary

Any Democratic precinct committee member elected in the August 30 primary is eligible to run for these DEC offices. Nominations will be taken from the floor. Any member elected as a DEC officer must complete the Party’s loyalty oath before they are eligible to serve.  

Democratic Party rules prohibit secret ballots for these elections. Each voting member is entitled to cast one vote for the election of each officer.

If you cannot attend the reorganizational meeting, you may send a representative as your proxy (a link to the proxy form is attached). A precinct committee member may only designate another Democrat from his/her precinct. State Legislators may only designate another Democrat from the county. The executed proxy must be filed with the Chair before the meeting is called to order.

If you have any question please contact David Metellus at

Attachment Proxy Form

Election Guidelines

2016 Contested Precinct Committee Person Race Winners!

First Name Last Name Precinct Vote Total
Daniel Halpert C001 108
James Lansing C017 34
John McDonald C023 283
David Altermatt C023 256
Scott Herman D001 73
Tracy Hinkle D002 84
Paul Kruger D003 112
Eric Fowler III D005 151
Dennis St. Jean D005 95
Alan Berkowitz E032 87
Gregory Gale F001 75
Joel Greenwald F004 510
Edwin Meyer F004 370
Norman Grad G015 123
Benjamin Simon M008 118
Thaddeus Hamilton M026 93
Jack Brown M026 75
Robert Peterson N008 172
Richard Grosso N008 143
John Ziegler N013 92
Justin Flippen P003 256
Timothy Ross P003 111
R. David Walker P006 111
Franklin Sands Q071 133
Thomas Kallman Q071 81
Ronald Bell Q083 172
Daryl Holloway Q083 147
George Platt R015 125
Michael Lockwood R016 154
Michael Albetta R018 90
George Castrataro R018 87
JD Camp R034 148
Eric Dwoskin R034 79
Brian Font T011 50
Donald Martin T014 143
Carl Trough T029 92
Noah Goldberg U006 340
Jeremy Shir U006 157
Quentin “Beam” Furr V018 219
Ulysses Hudson V018 89
Luis Callejas V044 67
Howard Garson Y003 99
Robert Selz Y005 72
Kathy Ricahrds A003 131
Alison Welsh A010 28
Gloria Battle A011 241
Velemina Williams A011 154
Joanne Goodwin C001 141
Joanne Sterner C021 60
Jesika Zeller G010 101
Toni Powers J013 115
Diane Glasser J022 337
Francine Klauber J022 202
Lori Ann Davis K008 124
Monica Chin K008 69
Patricia Jones L013 305
Paula Scott L013 168
Mildred Allen M019 65
Cathy Bowers N008 153
Rebecca Singer N008 145
Teresa Williams N019 116
Mary Jane Stone N020 104
Mary O’Donnell N024 215
Linda Bird R001 87
Lois Delevoe R058 54
Pamela Kelner T026 103
Lori Green U006 394
Marcia Lefkowitz U006 154
Karen Callahan U007 105
Barbara Britzke U011 94
Tiffany Grantham V003 74
Lisbeth Escalich V040 72
Muriel Kirschner V051 124
Eleanor Sobel V053 255
Stacey Kotzen V057 162
Mary Levitt V057 110
Catherine Minnis W003 69
Kathryn Sacco X010 149
Kay Thorpe X010 140
Iris Siple X038 176
Linda THigpen X038 104
Marjorie Warner X041 102

Broward Democratic Party Condemns “Blue Card”

The Broward Democratic Party denounces the deplorable campaign tactics of political operative Dan Lewis, Florida Democracy Project, and the attempt to mislead voters with the “Blue Card” slate. Florida’s Democracy Project is a registered PAC run by Dan Lewis at his home address. He is a paid political operative. The Broward Democratic Party does not endorse any candidate in a Democratic Primary, and remains neutral in judicial races. The only position that the party has taken in the August Primary is to support Constitutional Amendment 4, which allows incentives for solar power.

Broward Democratic Party Chair Cynthia Busch said, “I want to make it very clear to voters that the Democratic Party is in no way connected to the “Blue Card”. This is an underhanded tactic that tarnishes the Democratic process.”

Busch went on to say, “I have no knowledge that anyone who appears on the card is responsible for the actions of Mr. Lewis. Candidates should not be unfairly associated with this type of behavior.”

Further, Lewis used the contact information of Northern Broward Democratic Club President Joanne Goodwin without her permission. The Broward Democratic Party has received multiple contacts from voters who were deceived into believing that Goodwin was responsible for the card.

Goodwin stated, “I am outraged that Dan Lewis put my contact information on this card without my knowledge or permission. I hope that voters do not mistake my name on the card as an endorsement or rejection of the candidates listed.”

Goodwin is considering her legal options.

Lewis has been fined in the past for violating election law, and was also caught using a counterfeit union seal on his card.

Broward Democratic Party Chair Cynthia Busch said, “Dan Lewis continues to put out the Blue Card despite the fact voters are deceived into thinking that it is somehow connected to the Democratic Party. Even being found to have violated election law hasn’t stopped him. Please be sure to look for the Broward Democratic Party logo on all Broward Democratic Party communications. The official logo can be found at

Sanders, Clinton Supporters Hold Meet-&-Greet In Broward To Unify Before Convention

July 12, 2016 11:30 PM By Hank Tester CBS Miami

BROWARD (CBSMiami) – Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton supporters, who are also delegates to the Democratic National Convention, made nice in Broward County.

It was a quick get-to-gather after Sanders endorsed Clinton earlier in the day.

“I have come here to make it as clear as possible as to why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton and why she must become our next president.”

The endorsement was something Clinton desperately needed.

“To everyone here, and everyone across the country, who poured your heart and soul into Senator Sanders’ campaign, thank you. Thank you,” Clinton said.

Clinton needs every Sanders supporter she can muster as the latest national polls show Clinton’s lead over Trump has slipped to just three points.

It wasn’t lost on these Broward Democrats.

“Turn out is so key… and Florida, if we turn out the vote, Hillary wins,” one supporter said.

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Hillary Clinton campaign in Florida says it’s on same page as Bernie Sanders backers


Anthony Man

Attempting to overcome lingering tension with supporters of defeated presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, the Hillary Clinton campaign in Florida sought Tuesday to depict Democrats as one big, happy, unified group.

As proof, the Clinton camp arranged for Cynthia Busch, chairwoman of the Broward Democratic Party, and Frank Ortis, mayor of Pembroke Pines, to appear before a small group of party volunteers, interns and staffers at the county party headquarters in Plantation.

Ortis is a Democratic National Convention delegate pledged to Clinton. Busch is a Sanders delegate to the party convention next month in Philadelphia.

“It’s going to be very important this year, more than ever, that regardless of who we may have supported in the primary that we are out there talking about our presumptive nominee, about Hillary Clinton, about all of her strengths,” Busch said. “I’m confident we’re going to get her elected.”

Read more here

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.