From the Chair’s Desk

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Today I stand in unity with Jacksonville and the Black community in mourning three innocent lives taken in a hate crime. My condolences are with the families of the victims, and the full FDP team offers its unwavering support to our leaders in Jacksonville and Duval as they seek answers and healing for their communities. Please join us in offering both prayer and action to those affected. We are monitoring Tropical Storm Idalia as it is expected to become a hurricane before making landfall this week. In an abundance of caution, please note we are postponing Week 5 of the Take Back Florida Tour and preparing to assist with recovery efforts. Please see below for additional information, and be sure to prepare for Idalia and future storms.
Nikki Fried
Florida Democratic Party

Jacksonville Community Support

If you, a loved one or anyone you know is experiencing any kind of mental distress as a result of the hate crime perpetrated in Jacksonville, please dial 9-8-8 to be connected for free 24/7 to a team of crisis specialists from the United Way.

Please see below a community event honoring the lives taken in Jacksonville.

Hurricane Preparations

We are monitoring Idalia and reports that expect the storm to make landfall in Florida as a hurricane as soon as Tuesday. Please be advised our Tallahassee office will close Monday in preparation for the storm, and staff may be slow to respond in the case of power outages and/or evacutations.

Please see below for resources to prepare for a hurricane.

Visit the National Hurricane Center for the latest information on Idalia

Visit Red Cross for tips before, during, and after a hurricane

Visit Know Your Zone for information on evacuation

Follow the State Emergency Response Team

POSTPONED: Tour Week 5

Due to a possible Hurricane making landfall in Florida, we are postponing the last week of our Take Back Florida Tour. We encourage everyone to take all necessary precautions and prepare for the storm.

CALL TO ACTION: National Voter Registration Day September 19

The Florida Democratic Party is hosting a statewide day of action for National Voter Registration Day on September 19. We ask that your DEC, Club, or Caucus join us by using the mobilize link below to create an event in your community to register voters and sign them up for vote-by-mail.In the coming weeks we will be:

  • launching a detailed toolkit for your organization to use when planning your events. 
  • hosting multiple training sessions to get everyone caught up on the new voter registration laws and best practices when out in the field talking with a voter. 

To join our Day of Action, please use the Mobilize link below to create a voter registration event in your community:

Day of Action Mobilize Link

State Convention2023 State Convention will be held at the Rosen Centre in Orlando October 27th-29th. Sign up at to make sure you receive all upcoming State Convention updates. The room block for State Convention is now open and availability is limited – be sure to reserve your room before the September 27th deadline!

New Spanish Language Channels

Be sure to follow FDP on our newly launched Spanish language channels on social media. You can find Partido Demócrata de Florida on FacebookInstagramTwitter and Threads. Follow us at @PartidoDemFL! 

Ballot Petitions

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 this effort and we have added both petitions to our petitions page. We are urging all of our DECs, Clubs, and Caucuses to collect signatures for both of these ballot measures.

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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.

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