Dear Fellow Democrat:
For those of you who do not know me, my name is Nicholas Steffens and I have decided to run for Area 4 Leader of the Broward County Democratic Executive Committee (“DEC”.) Over the past year, I have closely monitored our local club (the Coral Springs/Parkland Democratic Club), the DEC, political activities in the area and the election results, both primary and general. After considering all of this and at the urging of several local Democrats, I have decided that I should run for this position. The election will take place on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at Deicke Auditorium in Plantation, Florida.
For those of you who do not know me, I currently serve as a District Leader for Area 4 in the DEC and Secretary of the Coral Springs/Parkland Democratic Club. I am also a member of the Broward Young Democrats and the Regular Democratic Club of Margate. I am a local lawyer with my own practice in Coral Springs. My wife, daughter and I live in Parkland. Further, I currently serve on the City of Parkland’s Education Advisory Board and the Broward County Parks Advisory Board. I also serve on the Executive Committee of the Parkland Chamber of Commerce. My family is a member of Congregation Kol Tikvah in Parkland.
To be clear, this is neither a race against the current office holder nor a part of some plot against the current leadership of the DEC. Instead, my candidacy represents something quite different – an opportunity for genuine, progressive activism in northwest Broward County.
During the primary and the general election, our area had virtually no leadership to provide direction on election activities. Fortunately, I was able to coordinate with the Ron Klein/Florida Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign to have a phone bank established at my law office to support Congressman Klein, Alex Sink and Dan Gelber. While we may have come up short, thousands of phone calls were made out of this phone bank thanks to local volunteers coordinated by myself and the coordinated campaign and our area was one of the best performing in 22nd Congressional District. Recently, I also helped Commissioner Le Peerman win her election in Margate by organizing voter turnout drives and her internet presence.
The other area I will focus on is being an emissary between different communities of interest and the Democratic Party. Specifically, the Area Leader should be working to develop relationships with faith leaders, small business owners, community organizers, local activists, young people, senior citizens and other potential sources of volunteers, voters and leaders. While some members of these groups would be new to me, I already have strong ties in many of them which will increase our chance for success.
The unquestionable fact is that modern politics is evolving quickly. We have no idea what the political landscape will look like in two years. However, in two years, we must have known that we did all we could to re-elect Barack Obama, to take advantage of new legislative and Congressional Districts and ensure that a Democrat is sent to the U.S. Senate from Florida. It is my solemn promise to all of you that I will work hard as your Area Leader to make sure all of these things happen.
If you would like to speak to me further about my candidacy, do not hesitate to do so. I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, December 15, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at Deicke Auditorium.
NICHOLAS T. STEFFENS