Category: Press Releases

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 for free, and Publix and Walmart gift certificates will be…

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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 the best interests of our children and our community, despite…

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CALLING FOR SARASOTA COUNTY MASK MANDATE

The Executive Board of the Sarasota County Democratic Party, under the leadership of County Chair JoAnne DeVries, joins other county parties around Florida and calls on the Sarasota County School Board to require all staff and students to wear masks and to institute social distancing strategies when schools open on August 10th. It is imperative…

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Sarasota County Democratic Party Supports Asian Americans

The Sarasota County Democratic Party condemns the senseless violence directed at the Asian American community in the Atlanta area this past week, as well as the increasing reports of violence and disrespect shown to our Asian American neighbors and friends nationwide. Sadly, these deaths follow a year-long escalation of xenophobic, hate-filled actions directed at Asian…

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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 to ignore the most grievous constitutional crime ever committed by…

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Response from Sarasota County Democratic Party Re Domestic Terrorism

The attack on our democracy that took place on January 6, 2021, was the inevitable result of the political poison that has been brewing for years in our political life. When Donald Trump returned early to Washington, D.C., from Florida on New Year’s Eve, we now know that he was returning to stoke a seditious…

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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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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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – SCDP Chair JoAnne DeVries Files Election Law Complaint Against Rick Scott

  “Rick Scott is not above the law,” DeVries said in a statement. “He coordinated illegally with his Super PAC, has refused to disclose his secret financial account that would show the extent of his conflicts of interest and now, he is skirting more laws to keep Floridians in the dark on what he’s done…

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