WUSF: Florida Democrats Aim To Contest Every Seat This November

September 16, 2020


A new report from WUSF highlighted the work that the Florida Democratic Party is doing to win races up and down the ballot this November, a key strategy of the party’s plan to flip the state blue this fall.

The article summarizes the FDP’s commitment to turning out the Democratic vote this November and ushering in a new wave of strong, local Democratic leaders, like FL-12 Congressional candidate Kimberly Walker, throughout the entire state. 

WUSF: Florida Democrats Aim To Contest Every Seat This November

By Steve Newborn | September 14, 2020

KEY EXCERPTS: 

  • “The [Florida Democratic] party is taking a different tack: contesting every single race in Florida this November.”

  • “‘I’m LGBT, we are still fighting just for our right to be treated as a human, equally. I’m African-American, we’re still fighting against racial inequality,’ [Kimberly] Walker said. ‘So there’s a whole list of reasons why I should run for Congress.’”

  • “The idea being that if you don’t compete, you can’t win,’ said Rosy Gonzalez Speers, the state party’s senior advisor for Down-Ballot Elections. ‘And so really giving Democrats the opportunity to vote for someone in their area, even if it’s seen as a long-shot race.’”

  • “Gonzalez Speers says it’s not just about competing. Democrats – who make up the majority of registered voters but rarely win statewide office – are playing to win.”

  • “‘I think that in a wave year like this, where there is so much change happening and where people are so dialed in to what’s happening politically, they are more involved in the voting process,” she [Rosy Gonzalez Speers] said. “And I think that when more people vote, Democrats win.’”

  • “Gonzalez Speers said Democratic turnout increased during the primary because nearly 80 percent of voters chose to vote by mail. And she believes that is going to give a boost to candidates like Walker in November.”

September 16, 2020

For Immediate Release

Contact: Alexandra Caffrey

alcaffrey@floridadems.org

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