Betty DiMaio Candidate for Area 8 Leader

I am a candidate for Area Leader in Area 8 (previously Area 9) which encompasses Northern Ft. Lauderdale, Oakland Park, and Wilton Manors.

I have been a precinct committeewoman in Ft. Lauderdale for the last four years.  I was a Neighborhood Team Leader for Obama in 2008, and am now a volunteer Community Organizer for Organizing for America.  I am a member of several Democratic Clubs in NE Broward and was on the Board of Directors for the Dolphin Democrats in 2010.

Throughout 2009, I led the volunteer effort in Broward County to get Fair Districts petitions signed and was thrilled we not only got Fair Districts Amendments 5&6 on the ballot, but that they both passed.

During the last election cycle, I worked passionately to organize volunteers in NE Broward to get out the Democratic vote.  Working with the Florida Democratic Party’s Coordinated Campaign for all our Democratic candidates in NE Broward, I hosted numerous phone banks and canvasses with the generous assistance of Ken Evans and Tim Ross who provided venues for us.  While we didn’t win any of the seats we worked on, I am more committed than ever to the election of Democratic candidates.   This year, I am continuing to provide opportunities for volunteers to get together to share ideas and stay active politically as we prepare for the 2012 effort.

I have been endorsed by Area Leaders Ken Evans, Ron Mills, Bernie Parness and Cynthia Busch as well as our former Area Leader Tim Ross who is now the Corresponding Secretary for the Broward DEC.

As your Area Leader, I pledge to keep you informed on local, state, and national issues.  I will support you in getting out the vote in your precinct, working with you to make sure you have all the tools you need.  I will coordinate our efforts with other Area Leaders, Democratic Clubs and Organizing for America.

I urge you to attend the Broward DEC meeting and vote for me for your Area Leader.

Nicholas Steffens for Area 4 Leader

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.

Sincerely,

NICHOLAS T. STEFFENS

nick@ntslaw.com

(954) 399-0529

CHESTER JUST, Candidate for DEC Area 4 Leader

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I am a candidate  for Re-election as DEC Area 4 Leader.  The election will be at a regular DEC Meeting at 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, February 15, 2011. Deicke Auditorium, 5701 Cypress Road, Plantation.  I ask for your support.  The rules require your  personal presence.

Area 4  consists of all precincts in Coral Springs (E-003 thru E-043) and Parkland

(Q-040 thru Q-046).
Facts –  about the position of Area 4 Leader:
1.   I have served as Area 4 Leader for the past 2 years.
2.   The election is limited to DEC Precinct  Committeepersons  who appear  at  the election in
person.  Proxies are not permitted.

3.  I have  reasons for seeking re-election:  I will continue to  be an effective voice in the DEC  with definite proposals to advance and strengthen our party. I am open to your suggestions.

a. Serve  as a voice for  liberal and  progressive Democratic positions  on political  issues.  Protecting advancements in Health Care reform.  Defending Social Security from privatization. Ending our engagements in futile foreign wars.  Investing our resources in job-creating infra-structure projects.  Moving Florida from the bottom of the list in education funding.  Enacting more favorable labor laws in Florida. Support of EFCA. Seeking a more progressive taxing system based on ability to pay.  Closing down the SOA.  Protection of choice in reproductive rights.  Promotion of  Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.  Work to nominate and elect candidates who support these goals.

b. Politics.  The DEC must bring out the vote and support Democratic candidates – but it also has an obligation to provide its members with a forum, a sounding board – a means to be heard – on vital social and political issues.  Your voice counts.

c. Specifics.  I would like our party to consider seeking partisan municipal elections – so we know if we are voting for a Democrat or a Republican or for someone who does not know who they are. I would like to see an Election Ballot set up along party lines.  We would have many more Democratic elected officials if our last ballot had been organized along party lines. I would like to see the  Democratic Party  as the primary  source of funding to run elections – rather than each candidate  currently having his or her own  separate  political organization.

d.  Positions.  These  ideas are not cast in stone.  Politics is the art of the possible.  But a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step, and I believe that I can advance the best interests of our party.  Your input is welcome.
QUALIFICATIONS:  Labor law attorney.  Law practice and Administrative Law Adjudicator.  Liberal and progressive Democrat.  ACLU.  Anti-Defamation League, Amnesty International. SOA Watch. Gold Card (35 year) American Federation of Musicians AFL-CIO member.  FADP. American United for Separation of Church and State.   Democratic club memberships.

Thank you for your consideration.
Your calls are welcome. Chester Just  (Committeeman Pct E-13)      8501 Shadow Court, Coral Springs,  FL 33071
Tel 954-971-1998 &  Fax  954-971-4838
Cel 954-464-1022  E-mail:  LegalMr@aol.com

Support Dan Gelber for Attorney General

Florida is facing serious challenges in the coming years:  cracking down on public corruption, ending the proliferation of pill mills, going after con artists who prey on seniors, putting criminals and street gangs behind bars, fighting mortgage fraud and taking on BP.  Florida’s next Attorney General will be responsible for all of these, and there is only one Democratic candidate with the broad legal experience to meet these challenges: Dan Gelber.

Dan was born into a family of public service – his father was a prosecutor and judge, and his mother was a public school teacher.  After graduating from law school, Dan followed the path of public service and was appointed one of the youngest Federal prosecutors in America.  He served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for nearly a decade and managed hundreds of attorneys in the Miami office while prosecuting thousands of cases – the only Democratic candidate with actual jury trial experience and management experience.

Later, Dan served as Chief Counsel in the U.S. Senate’s investigations committee, tracking down international terrorist networks all over the world.  He investigated the Oklahoma City bombing, the Atlanta Olympic bombing and the Japanese subway attacks, among other cases.

In the Legislature, Dan spent eight years in the Florida House, including a term as the House Democratic Leader where he fought for Democratic principles as one of the most effective Minority Leaders ever.  Shortly after 9/11, he was chosen by the Republican leadership to write most of Florida’s domestic security and terrorism laws.  He is currently a State Senator representing Miami-Dade and parts of Broward County.

Dan has been endorsed by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, incoming Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich, Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs, every Democratic State Attorney who has endorsed, the Broward Teachers Union and many others.

10 out of 10 newspapers statewide – a clean sweep – have endorsed Dan, saying:

  • “Sen. Dan Gelber…however, has stronger legal credentials and record of leadership” (Sun-Sentinel)
  • “[Gelber] is the most qualified Attorney General candidate in some time” (Pensacola News Journal)
  • “Gelber’s breadth of legal experience and superior leadership skills make him the better choice for the state’s top legal job” (St. Petersburg Times)
  • “We give Gelber an edge because of his extensive experience and leadership roles as a prosecutor and legislator” (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)
  • “Sen. Gelber looks more like Attorney General material than Sen. Aronberg” (Palm Beach Post)

The under-the-radar race for Attorney General is one of Florida’s most important, given the challenges we face.  Experience matters, and I strongly encourage you, as Broward activists, leaders and voters, to consider my good friend Dan Gelber as your choice for Florida’s next Attorney General.  Check out www.DanGelber.com for more details.

The primary election is August 24th, and we need more than your vote – we need your help to canvass, make phone calls and help at Early Vote locations.  Contact me at franco@dangelber.com for more details, and thanks for all that you do.

Franco Ripple, Vice President of Political Affairs, Broward Young Democrats

Formerly Known as the Tamarac Democratic Club

An insider controversy over the decertification of the Tamarac Democratic Club has broken into the media. The question is whether Mitch Caesar, chair of the Broward Democratic Party, acted because of egregious violations by the club or because of personal grudge against Patty Lynn, who had been elected president of the club (in an election Caesar has challenged as illegal).

From Bob Norman at the New Times, you can read an account titled Down With Ceasar. As you can tell from the headline, he is skeptical of the accusations made by Mitch Caesar and sympathetic to the appeal by the Tamarac Democratic Club (a.k.a., the organization formerly known as …)

From BrowardBeat.com, an account more critical of the club by Buddy Nevins (formerly the Sun-Sentinel political columnist):  Tamarac Democratic Club Killed By State Party

Attorney Randy Fleisher is representing the Tamarac club and has field a grievance addressed to the Broward Democratic Executive Committee, the Florida Democratic Party, and the Judicial Council.

Conflict Among Broward Democrats

I have been catching up on some dirt and gossip from the past few months, as related by the Sun Sentinel’s Anthony Man:

I had been following this drama, but not that closely. I am friendly with many of those who have been challenging Ceasar, but when wearing my BlueBroward hat try to avoid getting too deep into the factional conflicts (this is supposed to be a resource for the whole community). When I got an email from Phil Busey defending himself against charges that he was somehow trying to “destroy the party” by challenging the way the party leadership election was conducted, I didn’t even know what he was reacting to (apparently the kind of rhetoric in the charges and counter-charges item cited above).

Caesar won the election, and won on most counts in defending against the procedural challenge to how it was conducted. Honestly, I think the challengers lost the election less because of procedural issues but because of their own strategic and tactical errors, and because Caesar did a better job of mobilizing his supporters.

I just wish he would stop being such a sore winner. I would have a much better opinion of him if he could take the high road, and acknowledge that it’s possible for people to have honest differences with him without trying to “destroy the party.”