From the Chair’s Desk

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Today, my thoughts are with the people of Israel as they face this unprovoked and unprecedented attack. Israel has the right to defend itself and the attack on innocent lives is unacceptable.

I want to thank President Biden for his swift action to support our ally in the region. I will be keeping everyone involved in my prayers. Please click on the link below to see ways you can support Israel.

As our team returns from last week’s ASDC and DNC meetings, we are finalizing programing for the Take Back Florida State Convention. We look forward to seeing you later this month in Orlando and continuing our work to take back our state.

Nikki Fried
Florida Democratic Party

Last Week in FDP

  • Chair Fried hosted a virtual press conference for banned books week with School Board Members Lucia Baez-Geller (Miami-Dade), Tom Edwards (Sarasota), Darryl Willie (Duval), Jennifer Jenkins (Brevard), and Jen Cousins – the founder of Florida Freedom to Read Project. 
  • Our Executive Director Phillip Jerez, Chief of Staff Rachel Berger, Florida DNC Members (Terrie Rizzo, Grace Carrington, Councilman Alan Clendenin, Nadia Ahmad, Samantha Hope-Herring, Samuel Vilchez-Santiago, Vivian Rodriguez, Steve Simeonidis) and Rick Boylan, Vanessa Lester and Russ Conn traveled to St. Louis for the DNC’s 2023 Fall Quarterly Meeting. 
  • Vice President Kamala Harris spoke to the DNC’s Women’s Caucus during the week.

State Convention – Registration Window Extended

We are excited about our upcoming Take Back Florida State Convention, and will be extending delegate registration for attendees! Space is limited, so be sure to sign up soon.

To view the tentative schedule, hotel information and so much more, click here.

Please note that for State Convention, all attendees must register to become a Delegate.

All Delegates are required to submit the filing form provided on the State Convention site, as well as the filing fee of $60. The filing fee for students is $35. 

Both a filing form and a filing fee must be received by FDP for registration to be completed. You will automatically be redirected to the filing fee submission after completing your filing form.

Click Here to Register as a Delegate

Weekend Schedule

State Convention will be held at the Rosen Centre in Orlando from October 27th-29th. The three-day event will host Democratic delegates for trainings, meetings, receptions, general session, a fundraising dinner, and more! 

Day 1: Friday, October 27th


Caucus Meetings, Committee Meetings & Trainings

Take Back Florida Welcome Reception

Day 2: Saturday, October 28th


General Session

Caucus Meetings, Committee Meetings & Trainings

Leadership Reception (Ticketed)

General Reception

Mission: Take Back Florida Dinner (Ticketed)

After Party

Day 3: Sunday, October 29th

Prayer Breakfast

State Committee Meetings

Mission: Take Back Florida Dinner

Dinner Tickets and Special DEC, Club, and Caucus Pricing now available for our State Convention Mission: Take Back Florida dinner on Saturday night. 

DEC, Club, Caucus only pricing of just $1,500 for a table is available at the link below. Visit for additional sponsorship opportunities.

Dinner Tickets & Tables

Voter Registration Legal Guidance & FAQ’s

We have received many questions around our voter registration program, the use of Reach, and the legal issues surrounding voter registration and VBM. We have created this document that will continue to be updated as needed.

Click Here to Access the Document

Chairs Community Champion
Nominations are open for the Chair’s Community Champion Award! The Chair’s award will recognize community leaders and/or active volunteers, honoring individuals with a focus on celebrating unsung heroes serving not only our party, but also making significant contributions to their communities.

For additional nomination criteria, please review the nomination form below.

2023 Community Champions Nomination Form

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! 

Upcoming Events

Hispanic Heritage Month Canvass in HD 35 with Chair Nikki Fried & Former Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith

FDP Chair Nikki Fried will join Former Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, and Congressman Maxwell Frost’s campaign team going door to door to talk to voters AND register voters!

Time: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm 

Location: Sabor del Caribe

3020 Lamberton Blvd 110, Orlando, FL 32825


Re-Election Kickoff for Rep. Lavon Bracy Davis

Thursday, October 12th

Chair Fried will join Representative Lavon Bracy-Davis at the top of her Re-Election Kick-Off event. 

Event: Rep.Bracy Davis Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: 4055 North Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, Florida 32804

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