Okaloosa Democrats August 2023 Newsletter

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Moving Forward, Together

Three Constitutional Amendment Initiatives for the 2024 Election Ballot – Chapter 2

In the June Newsletter, we featured the first of three Constitutional Amendments on the 2024 Florida Election ballot, the Amendment to Limit Government Interference With Abortion. This month, we are featuring the Right to Clean and Healthy Waters.

Only air is more essential to life than access to clean water. This amendment still needs 750,000 (yes, you read that right, three-quarters of a million) more petitions in order to be included on the 2024 ballot. WE NEED YOUR HELP! If you haven’t signed the petition yet, please go to the website to download it right away. While you’re at it, make copies to distribute to family, friends, colleagues, and anyone else you can think of. Thank you for your support! In her recent newsletter, Nikki Fried, Chair of the Florida Democratic Party, called out the inadequacy of current laws: “Something needs to be done to protect Florida’s waterways…It’s tough to argue that we don’t need protection with closing of shellfish harvesting areas, illicit sewer overflow discharges, sedimentation, and on…Existing regulations fail to address cumulative impacts or the existing conditions on the ground. Existing regulations are a ticket to pollute, not protect.” FloridaRightToCleanWater.org underscores this, stating that “It has become clear that the current system of water protection has failed; the state executive branch is not enforcing clean water legislation according to environmental laws, legislative intent and constitutional policy…Waiting for political solutions in a system that favors pollution industries financing those politics – is a fool’s game.” No human being could possibly be against clean water. It will take all of us to get those 750,000 petitions signed.

TAKE ACTION: Visit FloridaRightToCleanWater.org to download the petition TODAY!

A Sad Farewell

It is with great sadness that we received that news of the passing of one of our Okaloosa Democratic family, John Whitley. John had long been active and involved with developing and strengthening our local party through the years, serving our DEC as both the State Committeeman, representing our county to the state party, and as Chairman of our Committee, leading us to very strong results in 2018.

John was one of the most generous and friendly souls we were blessed to have known. While we are heartbroken at this news of his passing, we are also very grateful for the time John spent with all of us and wish his family our deepest support in this difficult time.

Mixing & Mingling

A great time was had by all at our Mix & Mingle on June 14 at Rick’s on the Island Pizza. It had been a while since we got together to hang out, and we were happy to see everyone!

We can’t succeed without your support! Donate today.

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Okaloosa Democrats is a precinct-based organization that fights for democratic causes from the grass roots. We are the official local county arm of the Florida Democratic Party and the forefront organization of registered democrats in Okaloosa County.

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