From the Chair’s Desk

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Happy Pride Month, Democrats!

During Pride Month we honor the LGBTQ+ community and the progress we’ve made in the fight for equality. Let’s stand strong in our commitment to love, acceptance, and inclusive policies. Together, we can build a brighter future where everyone can live authentically and proudly.

This week marked this end of our transition period at the Florida Democratic Party. We are thrilled to have Phillip Jerez join FDP as our next Executive Director. Many of you remember Phillip from his roles as Political Director for the gubernatorial campaigns of Charlie Crist and Andrew Gillum. Phillip began his political career as an aide to Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and most recently was Deputy Director of Engagement for Dr. Vivek Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General. As Executive Director, Phillip will help me execute our strategic plan to build Democratic political power throughout Florida.

I am filled with immense pride for the remarkable and diverse team we have assembled at FDP. Our journey has only just begun, and with your invaluable support, we will overcome every obstacle in our path and achieve extraordinary heights. Together, we will not only defeat Rick Scott, but also ensure that neither Ron DeSantis nor Donald Trump ever come close to the White House.
Nikki Fried
Florida Democratic Party

Ballot Petitions

Two weeks ago, Floridians Protecting Freedom launched a citizen-led ballot initiative campaign to give Florida voters the chance to ensure that their personal medical decisions are theirs and theirs alone to make. Volunteers can sign up to help and also sign up for training at the FPF page linked here.

Many DECs and Caucuses are also carrying the Florida Right to Clean Water petition as they knock on doors and talk to voters. We encourage all of our DECs to carry both of these petitions.

FDP will be supporting these effort and we have added both petitions to our petitions page.


As we draw closer to the 2024 campaign cycle, it is crucial that we prioritize the collection of Vote-by-Mail applications. Republican voter suppression tactics have resulted in the disenfranchisement of Floridians who would have otherwise been eligible to receive a Vote by Mail ballot.

Now that VBM rolls have been cleared, I urge each DEC, club and caucus to commit time every week to making phone calls, canvassing, and texting fellow Democrats to encourage them to reenroll in Vote-by-Mail. Want to share your VBM program with other DECs and Caucuses?


Voters can check their Vote by Mail status on our website here.

FDP News Digest

You can find the latest news clips covering the Florida Democratic Party and other events below:

Nikki Fried hires Phillip Jerez as Florida Democrats’ Executive Director

Disney’s cancellation of Lake Nona campus has big implications for Osceola County, Darren Soto says 

Here are the history-making LGBTQ officials in the Biden administration

DeSantis said not ‘a single book’ was banned in Florida. Districts have removed dozens.

In Tampa and across Florida, Hispanic groups protest immigration law

‘People aren’t showing up to work,’ South Florida workers already feeling heat of immigration bill – CBS Miami (

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Florida Democrats believe in effective and efficient government that prioritizes quality education, affordable health care, and an economy in which anyone who works hard can succeed.

Most importantly, we believe that we are stronger together. We believe the fundamental American promise — that you can go as far as your own hard work will take you — should shine brightest in Florida.

That is why we champion the middle class and cherish the principle that all Floridians should have the opportunity to work hard and succeed. That is why we will never stop fighting for better public schools, because education is the surest path to a better life for millions.

From standing for affordable health care and better schools to fighting for civil rights and access to the ballot box, Florida Democrats are leading every day to move our state forward.

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