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…

Statement from SCDP re the Acquittal of Donald Trump

On Saturday, forty-three Republican Senators put their political party and their careers ahead of our country and voted to acquit former President Donald Trump. On a hypocritical technicality – and despite the damning evidence presented by the magnificent House impeachment managers – these Senators chose…

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 (then click on 'Find Polling Place', 'Continue') c) Click on 'My Districts' and note your State Representative district…

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…

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…

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…