Support School Superintendent Dr. Asplen, Oppose Extremist Board’s Attempt To Fire Him

The Sarasota County Democratic Party called today on all local residents to oppose the current attempt to remove Sarasota Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Brennan Asplen without cause. The party believes that this is a non-partisan issue and that the well-being of the district’s students is…

Sarasota Democrats Call On Concerned Citizens To Stop Extremist Hospital Board Members

The Sarasota County Democratic Party (SCDP) expressed deep concern today over an apparent effort by newly elected members of the Sarasota Memorial Hospital Board to investigate what they regard as “bizarre medical care” by the highly respected public hospital during the COVID pandemic. Calling themselves…

Steube Opponent In U.S. House Race Loses Her Home To Ian

Democrat Andrea Doria Kale Now Fighting Two Races SARASOTA – Andrea Doria Kale, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House seat from Florida’s 17th District, was among thousands of Floridians who lost their homes to Hurricane Ian. Now she’s fighting two challenges: one to unseat…

Vote Against Extremism, Vote for Democrats

VOTE NOV. 8 FOR SARASOTA AND FLORIDA’S FUTURE VOTE AGAINST EXTREMISM VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS   THEY WILL FIGHT FOR: WOMEN’S FREEDOM TO MAKE THEIR OWN HEALTH DECISIONS; AFFORDABLE HOUSING, HEALTH CARE AND INSURANCE; SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH FOCUSED ON RESIDENTS; SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE AND VETERANS’…

A very personal message from Andrea Doria Kale, our Democratic candidate for Florida’s 17th Congressional District

Dear Charlotte County Friends, I am pleased to announce that my website launched on Friday as well as my Facebook campaign and Twitter accounts. Most of you are aware that redistricting took place in Florida this year. Florida was one of three states that didn’t…

Will Sarasota County Commissioners Let Lakewood Ranch Developers Kill Rural Life and Agriculture in the County?

SARASOTA — On August 31st, the all-Republican Sarasota County Commission will weigh whether to let the owners and developers of the 33,000-acre Lakewood Ranch development in Sarasota and Manatee counties pave over 4,000 more acres in Sarasota’s rural east. Longtime developer Pat Neal and SMR…

Races on the November 8, 2022 Ballot

State & Federal Democratic Candidates US SENATE Congresswoman Val Demings valdemings.com Courage, Convictions, Toughness, Compassion From social work to 27 years in policing, including Chief, and reducing crime in Orlando by 40%, Demings calls “defunding” the police “crazy;” but she holds law enforcement to high…

Ugly Politicization of School Board Races Has No Place in Sarasota

In Sarasota County, in the upcoming School Board election, our kids and schools are being used as political pawns. As soon as Ron DeSantis and other GOP operatives injected themselves into this local race, political campaigning here reached a new low: Inflammatory hate messages disguised…

Races on the August 23rd Ballot

State & Federal Democratic Candidates US SENATE Congresswoman Val Demings valdemings.com Courage, Convictions, Toughness, Compassion From social work to 27 years in policing, including Chief, and reducing crime in Orlando by 40%, Demings calls “defunding” the police “crazy;” but she holds law enforcement to high…

Gruters/Johnson, Florida Senate District 22 Candidate Information

Democrats and Independents are perplexed. Why is a Republican Primary on my ballot? A face-off between incumbent State Senator Joe Gruters and out-of-town challenger Michael Johnson is on every voter’s August 23rd ballot. When all candidates for an elected office are in the same party,…

Sarasota County Democratic Party Statement on the SHT Proud Boy Guest Editorial

The Sarasota County Democratic Party strongly condemns any efforts to normalize the Proud Boys, their affiliates, and their supporters. The Proud Boys are a neo-fascist, white supremacist organization that promotes and engages in political violence. Five of their leaders have been charged with “seditious conspiracy”…

Sarasota County Democratic Party’s Statement on the Supreme Court’s Decision on Roe vs Wade

The ability of women across our country to control their fate was assaulted today by the very Court dedicated to protecting the rights of every citizen. The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade has made women in America second-class citizens. Sarasota County…

Sarasota Receives National Recognition For Wrong Reasons

As community veers right, political division tears apart Sarasota, Fla. Washington Post, Tim Craig (May 6, 2022) (1) Sarasota ranks No. 1 for beaches - and for wild School Board meetings Sarasota Herald Tribune, Carrie Seidman (May 8, 2022) (2) Sarasota County is becoming an…

Using “Individual Freedom” to Restrict Freedom

The irony could not be greater: a well-known banner promoting tolerance among people of different faiths was pulled from a Sarasota classroom for fear it could be deemed “political” and a violation of Governor DeSantis’s “Individual Freedom” law. Imagine how students will feel when told…

SCDP Calls on County Commission to Cancel Rumble Handout

The current Sarasota County Commission has created an embarrassing new problem for itself, and for the county. It was recently reported that last October, the Commission approved an incentive grant of $825,000 in taxpayer funds to lure a Canadian video streaming company with 12 employees…

SCDP Applauds Charter Review Board move on Single-Member Districts

Last week, the Sarasota County Charter Review Board took a good first step toward supporting the will of the voters in the effort to reduce the impact of big money in Sarasota County politics. The Sarasota County Democratic Party (SCDP) applauds this move by the…

Sarasota County Democratic Party Advisory Addresses Threats Against School Board and Elected Officials

The Sarasota County Democratic Party (SCDP) strongly condemns threats and acts of intimidation against any School Board member, administrator, teacher, or staff member. It should go without saying, but the harassment of ANY elected official, regardless of that person's ideological or political views, should be…

Local Organizations Sponsor Free Community Vaccine Clinics August 28 & 29

As Sarasota County deals with its worst COVID-19 outbreak to date, several local organizations will be sponsoring vaccine clinics next weekend in conjunction with the Sarasota County Department of Health. The clinics will be held on August 28 and 29. The vaccine will be provided…

Statement from Sarasota County Democratic Party Chair JoAnne DeVries on Recent School Board Votes for Mask Mandates

We applaud our Sarasota County School Board members who voted in favor of enacting mask mandates to protect the health and lives of our students, school staff, and their families from the ravages of COVID-19. We thank these members for continuing to stand up for…