Statement on the Primary Election & Over 400 Democratic Candidates Running for State and Local Office

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Florida Democratic Party Chair Statement on the Primary Election

Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement on the primary election:

“It’s clear Democrats across Florida are fired up and committed to making a change in 2020. A record number of Democrats enrolled in vote-by-mail and voted early — casting their ballots safely from home and in-person.

“President Trump decided to spread dangerous disinformation about the effectiveness of voting by mail – clearly that has made an impression on Florida Republicans. No one should feel the need to choose between their health or their right to vote. That’s why we will continue to emphasize that voting by mail is a safe and secure way to make your voice heard. 

I’m so proud of the work every candidate, staffer, and volunteer did to energize and organize voters during this unprecedented time. Primaries make our party stronger and we’re entering the final stretch of this election prepared to make history. 

“As Joe Biden says, we’re in the battle for the soul of our nation — and Florida Democrats will spend the next 76 days going pedal to the metal to get out the vote. Onward!”

Florida Democrats announce the Sunshine Slate: Over 400 Democratic Candidates running for state and local office in Florida

Today, the Florida Democratic Party released its “Sunshine Slate” of Democrats on the ballot this November. With more than 400 Democrats running for state and local office across Florida, we are ready to flip Florida blue at every single level — from local offices all the way to the White House. 

In 2019, the Florida Democratic Party launched the “Municipal Victory Program” and “Campaign Blueprint” and partnered with a dozen progressive partners to recruit and train candidates to run for local office. This June, in advance of the November election, FDP announced a $2 million investment into a newly formed Down Ballot Elections Department tasked with supporting the record number of Democrats running for state and local office in 2020. 

“Today, the Florida Democratic Party announces our Sunshine Slate — more than 400 candidates who will build long term power for Florida Democrats and help flip this state blue.  All politics is local and our candidates and our investments will put an end to out-of-touch Republican leadership— and replace it with elected leaders who will stand up for Florida families and core Democratic values of equality, the environment, affordable healthcare, and an economy that works for every single one of us,” said Rosy Gonzalez Speers, Senior Advisor for Down Ballot Elections at the Florida Democratic Party.  

The down ballot elections program includes continued investment in vote-by-mail, digital support, training, and advanced data and analytics, as well as communications, field, and campaign strategy resources for candidates.  

To introduce voters to the new Sunshine Slate, FDP will launch a “Meet the Candidate” series on Thursday’s at 6:30 PM where voters can get to know Democratic candidates running for office throughout Florida.    

As part of its $2 million investment, the Florida Democratic Party is launching a six figure digital ad buy focused solely on down ballot candidates and has purchased cutting edge data, digital and analytics tools to ensure campaigns make the most of their resources.  

“In 2019, the Florida Democratic Party partnered with dozens of progressive partners to recruit the largest and strongest class of Democratic down ballot candidates in decades. Yesterday’s record Democratic turnout is evidence that our candidates were able to turn out the vote, but our work is not yet done,” said Terrie Rizzo, Chair of the Florida Democratic Party. “From expanding Medicaid, to helping the unemployed, to safely re-opening schools, it is abundantly clear that local leaders have a profound impact on our lives. In addition to sending Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to the White House, Florida Democrats will work to elect every member of our Sunshine Slate! We need local leaders who will support Joe Biden as President right here in Florida.”

 You can find our current list of candidates here.
This list will be updated as more election results become official.

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