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FDP Meetings from Saturday, March 13, 2021

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Two separate meetings were held this past Saturday, The FDP Central Committee meeting and the FDP Executive Committee Meeting. For more details on any of the following, please contact either Kari Lerner (karillerner@gmail.com) or Mike Bonacolta (mikebonacolta@gmail.com).
Florida Democratic Party Central Committee Meeting:

The FDP Central Committee is comprised of a Chair and Vice-Chair from each of the Congressional Districts. Mike Bonacolta is Chair and Kari Lerner is Vice-Chair for Congressional District 19.

  • Voted to accept rules for conducting the meeting.
  • Nearly 77% of those in attendance voted to adopt the 2021 proposed budget.
    • The Budget and Finance Committee had already voted to adopt the proposed budget.
    • Those who opposed the proposed budget indicated they wanted more detail because the lack of transparency of the last FDP leadership led to severe financial hardship.
    • It was pointed out that no hiring or organizing could begin until the budget was adopted.
    • Chair Diaz expressed his request that the specific details of the budget be kept confidential as it demonstrates the FDP strategy going forward.
    • Both Lee County State Committeewoman Kari Lerner and Lee County State Committeeman Mike Bonacolta voted to adopt the budget.
    • Please contact either Kari or Mike for more details about the budget, it will not be published here as requested by Chair Diaz.
Florida Democratic Party Executive Committee Meeting:

The FDP Executive Committee is comprised of the state chairs of certified clubs and caucuses, DEC chairs, state committeemen and state committeewomen, and the officers of the FDP.

  • Reports were provided by the Chair, Judicial Council, and Rules Committee.
  • Chair Diaz apologized for the lateness in appointing the remaining committees, explaining it was due to the dire financial issues faced. The FDP bylaws require all committee appointments be completed within 60 days, this meeting was day 63.
  • The members voted for State Senator Audrey Gibson of Duval County to replace Marcus Dixon’s position with the DNC.
  • Marcus Dixon, Executive Director, reviewed the adopted budget in detail
    • Once again, confidentiality was requested of the members
    • More than half the budget will be for Grassroots Organizing
    • The State Committeewoman from Brevard County made a motion to restrict spending to 25% of the budget until this body could review and approve the details of the programs. The Parliamentarian informed the Chair that according to the bylaws, the FDP Central Committee and Budget and Finance Committee have the responsibility to oversee the budget. To bring that power to the full body of the FDP Executive Committee would require a change in the bylaws. The Committeewoman’s motion was deemed out of order by the Chair.
    • Chair Diaz has forfeited his salary to contribute toward the financial stability of the FDP.
  • A Resolution condemning the opening of the Homestead Detention Facility and calling for an end to all for-profit detention centers was brought forward.
      • This resolution had not been presented to all members prior to the meeting, and many who had seen it believed that it needed work.
      • Discussion became heated.
        • Chair Diaz expressed that we are all Democrats and should not be attacking each other, rather we need to work together within the processes set forth in our bylaws, keeping in mind the goal of this body is to elect Democrats.
        • The valid point was made that the Chair had not yet appointed a Resolutions Committee, therefore the body should immediately vote on this resolution because time is of the essence.
        • Chair Diaz offered to appoint the members of the Resolutions Committee hopefully by the end of this week but definitely within 14 days and to give those appointees 7 days to provide a fully vetted resolution to be presented to the body either electronically or call a special meeting for an up or down vote. The author of the resolution objected to any delay or corrections.
        • Lee County Committeeman Mike Bonacolta spoke passionately in support of taking an immediate vote and passing the resolution as presented.
        • Lee County Committeewoman Kari Lerner did not have the opportunity to speak before adjournment, but as a former legislator, believes the resolution needed work and the Homestead Detention Facility issue should stand alone and be separated from the broader for-profit detention centers ban. She strongly supports both resolutions and believes the, at most, 21-day delay to vet the wording is appropriate.
        • The meeting was adjourned without a solution on this resolution.

~~Kari Lerner, Lee County DEC State Committeewoman

March Training Opportunities

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Good Afternoon Democrats,
I’m excited to share a few candidate, campaign staff, and Party leader training opportunities happening in March hosted by the Florida Democratic Party, National Democratic Training Committee, Democratic Women’s Club, Blue Wave Coalition, and the Democratic National Committee Best Practices Institute. We hope to see you there!
Do You Want to Run for Office?
Thursday, March 4 at 7:00 PM EST
Register Here
Are you considering running for office? Are you ready to run and you want to know how? We’re here to help! Join the Florida Democratic Party and the National Democratic Training Committee on Thursday, March 4th from 7pm-8pm ET for a free virtual live training.
Campaign Training for Candidates and Campaign Teams
Saturday and Sunday, March 6-7
Register Here
Interested in running for office or being on a team that gets others elected? This live, online, interactive workshop covers all the essentials of campaign management that will make you a more effective candidate or campaign leader. The workshop will be divided into two sections, and will therefore be held over two days: Saturday March 6 from 1:00-4:30pm, and Sunday March 7 from 1:00-4:30pm. This event is co-sponsored by the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida and the Blue Wave Coalition.
2021 Train the Trainer Program
March 16-April 22
Register Here
The Best Practices Institute (BPI) is excited to launch its 2021 Train the Trainer (T3) Webinar program. T3 is a free six-week, twelve-part course, covering several aspects of grassroots campaigning. T3 trainings will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 -8:00 pm ET, beginning on Tuesday, March 16, and concluding on Thursday, April 22. Participants MUST register by Sunday, March 14, 2021, and must complete all sessions in order to receive certification. All trainings will be recorded and made available following each session via a weekly wrap-up email, delivered on Fridays.
Additional Virtual Training Opportunities:
Progressive Change Campaign Committee Training Calendar
National Democratic Training Committee
Lisa Peth
Municipal Victory Program

~~Kari Lerner, Lee County DEC State Committeewoman

Mike & Kari would like to thank you for your votes and hope to assure all, whether or not you voted for us, that we will make every effort to be transparent and accessible to the Democrats of Lee County. The mission of the Florida Democratic Party and the Democratic Party of Lee County is to elect Democrats up and down the ballot. Although they may not always agree, Kari & Mike both pledge that all decisions will be made with that mission as the determining factor and welcome your input.

 Kari Lerner: karillerner@gmail.com

 Mike Bonacolta: mikebonacolta@gmail.com

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