Author: Sarasota County Dems

2020 Candidate Petitions – Sign them all!

Registered voters – Easy as 1-2-3: 1) Find your Florida House District #: a) Verify your current voter information and address HERE b) Enter your verified address HERE c) Click on ‘My Districts’ and note your State Representative district #. 2) Click, Print, Fill out, and Sign the petitions for the Democratic candidates relevant to your…

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David Graham – School Board District 2

Website: www.electdavidagraham.com/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/davidagrahamforschoolboard/ Donate: www.politics.raisethemoney.com/dgraham The School Board functions to implement the desires of the Sarasota County Community. In the past, it has felt that the community just had to take what the School Board members wanted whether or not the community was behind the decision. Moving forward we must elect Board Members who…

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Mark Pienkos – County Commission District 1

Website: markpienkos.com This website will eventually be amended to include views on issues. Email: markpienkos2012@gmail.com Phone: 262-325-8039 My name is Mark Pienkos. I have submitted my Declaration of Candidacy for the Sarasota County Board of Commissioners in District 1. We all know that there is a federal lawsuit that will be decided upon, hopefully, next…

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Press Release – Joint Resolution by SCDP, Sarasota Democratic Black Caucus, and Sarasota Hispanic Caucus Against Redistricting

SARASOTA – November 14 – The Sarasota County Democratic Party (SCDP) voted to join the Sarasota Democratic Black Caucus and the Sarasota Democratic Hispanic Caucus in opposing the decision of three County Commissioners to move forward with an overtly  discriminatory map that manipulates – in fact, gerrymanders — district lines at the expense of Sarasota’s minority communities….

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Press Release – Republican and Democratic Parties of Sarasota County Jointly Call for Superintendent Todd Bowden’s Removal

SARASOTA, FL (November 11, 2019) — In a historic action, the Republican Party of Sarasota County (RPOSC) and the Sarasota County Democratic Party (SCDP) are jointly calling for the Sarasota County School Board to accept the package that will remove Sarasota County Schools Superintendent Todd Bowden. The Parties’ leadership believes that Bowden has been divisive…

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FL Representative Margaret Good – CD16

Website: www.margaretgood.com/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/GoodforFlorida/ Email: info@margaretgood.com Donate: www.secure.actblue.com/donate/margaretgood_website Margaret Good knows we deserve a representative who understands that solving our community’s challenges takes more than three-word slogans and partisan name-calling. That means changing the kind of people we send to Washington. We need a representative who will listen to people, work hard, and do the right…

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Allen Ellison – CD17

Website: www.ellisonforcongress.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/allenellisonforcongress Donate: www.secure.actblue.com/donate/allenellison2020 Message After years of constant obstruction in Congress, resulting in division, failed progress and a government shutdown that has cost us almost a billion dollars, it is clear that we must ignite new thinking, restore hope and revive the idea that together, we can move this country forward. Biography…

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Betsy Young – State Attorney

Website: www.betsyyoung.vote/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BetsyYoungFL/ Donate: www.secure.anedot.com/betsy-young-for-state-attorney/donate Attorneys, Judges, and community leaders trust Betsy Young because they know she has the experience and track record our community deserves in the State Attorney’s Office. In her two decades as a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney, Betsy Young has developed a deep, well-rounded understanding of the justice system….

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Representative Wengay Newton – HD70

Website: www.newthd70.com/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/NewtHD70/ I am running for re-election to the Florida House because I want to continue being a champion on issues of importance for the people in District 70. Real leadership is about self-sacrifice, commitment and truly caring about people. As a Statesman, I believe in people, over the politicians. I wants to…

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Keisha Bell – HD70

Website: www.votekeishabell.com/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/VoteKeishaBell Twitter: www.twitter.com/bellforflorida Contact: BellforFlorida@gmail.com Donate: www.secure.actblue.com/donate/keisha-bell-for-florida-1 CLICK HERE TO SIGN KEISHA’S PETITION Keisha Bell was born in Saint Petersburg and has continued to spend much of her life in the city she calls home. She is the daughter of public school educators, and early on they instilled in her the importance of an education….

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Drake Buckman – HD72

Website: www.buckmanforfl.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/buckmanforfl/ Volunteer: www.buckmanforfl.com/volunteer Donate: www.buckmanforfl.com/donate SIGN DRAKE’S PETITION Why Am I Running? The basic duty of government is to respect and protect the rights and future of the individual citizen. I’ve made a career out of standing up to governments and large corporations based on that principle. While serving on local neighborhood associations, I’ve witnessed…

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David Fairey – HD73

Website: www.fairey2020.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/DavidforFL/ Donate: www.secure.actblue.com/donate/david-fairey-campaign-1 I am first and foremost a father and husband. I am a hopeful, yet pragmatic advocate for real, paradigm-shifting change. I am an unwavering fighter for what I believe in and value, and I will fight for the benefit of all people, not just the privileged few. I was born…

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Press Release – Sarasota County Commission Redistricting

The revelations in Sunday’s Sarasota Herald Tribune article are not surprising. It was clear to anyone watching the last County Commission meeting that Commissioners Detert and Moran were working together to promote a new map. Simply glancing at the map made it obvious why they were promoting it — it creates a very safe district…

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Senator Joe Gruters Takes Input From Far-Right Hate Group On Anti-Immigration Bill

The Chair of the Sarasota County Democratic Party blasted State Senator Joe Gruters for relying on input from a far-right racist hate group to draft anti-immigrant legislation now making its way through the Florida Senate. “Joe Gruters relied on the Federation of American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a group exposed by the Southern Poverty Law Center…

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Sign & Get Signatures

“The pen is mightier than the sword.”   These petitions are the first step on our path to progress. This page will be updated with new information regularly, so check back often.  Each link will provide a summary of the petition and the correct process  for submission. Print, sign, return, repeat! 3/6/19 – Medicaid Coverage…

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Medicaid Coverage to Eligible Low-Income Adults

Summary: Requires State to provide Medicaid coverage to individuals over age 18 and under age 65 whose incomes are at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level and meet other non-financial eligibility requirements, with no greater burdens placed on eligibility, enrollment, or benefits for these newly eligible individuals compared to other Medicaid beneficiaries….

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Raising Florida’s Minimum Wage

Summary: Raises minimum wage to $10.00 per hour effective September 30th, 2021. Each September 30th thereafter, minimum wage shall increase by $1.00 per hour until the minimum wage reaches $15.00 per hour on September 30th, 2026. From that point forward, future minimum wage increases shall revert to being adjusted annually for inflation starting September 30th,…

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