Marsha Smith

My name is Marsha Smith and I am a candidate for the position of Area Leader in Area 11 which is Pembroke Pines and Miramar. I have resided in Pembroke Pines for 15 years and have enjoyed watching Pembroke Pines and Miramar grow and improve day by day. I live in Pembroke Pines with my husband and little dog Jessy. I am presently a support facilitator (teacher) at Flanagan High school in Pembroke Pines. I am a graduate of Florida International University where I earned a Master of Science. I have worked for  Broward County schools for 30 years. I am a people person who has helped students, parents, teachers and administrators. Growing up in a family of business people , I have a good sense of how businesses operate. I am a precinct captain, district leader and President of the Pembroke Pines Democratic Club. I will talk about my plans for Area 11 at the election on Tuesday February 15th at 7 p.m.  I hope to see you there!

THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR AREA ELEVEN AREA LEADER

FOR THE BROWARD DEMOCRATIC PARTY

VOTE  *****  MARSHA  SMITH  *****

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

Randy Fleischer for Area Leader 10

Please accept my nomination for Area Leader for Area 10 which now includes Weston, Davie, Cooper City and Southwest Ranches for Area Leader election on Tuesday February 15, 2001 at Deike Auditorium.

I believe that I am well qualified for this position as I have been elected to the DEC every election year since 1996 and have always worked hard for good democratic candidates. I have already called many of the precinct committee persons and believe I have strong support.

My service to the party is well documented. I served as President of the Broward Young Democrats from 1999 to 2001. During that period I was on the Gore Steering Committee for Broward, was elected to and participated in the 2000 Democratic Convention in Los Angeles,  and was one of the attorneys involved in the Gore Recount, including getting affidavits from democrats turned away from the polls and counting chad for two days at the Broward Emergency Office in Plantation. I have been on the local legal team for Gore, Kerry and Obama performing poll watching and acting at the polls as Election Law attorney.

I also served as President of the Pine Island Ridge Democratic Club. As president I organized many great activities at Pine Island Ridge, including beer tastings (Rod Smith attended as candidate for Governor), movie nights showing Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, the Just Desserts roast of the Bush family with elected officials doing comedy, a monthly newsletter, a Christmas party and guest speakers at meetings.

I have often opened my law office in Davie on State Rd 84 for phone banks so Democratic volunteers had a local place to phone bank and pick up campaign literature. I did this for the campaigns of Al Gore, John Kerry and Barack Obama.

In my precinct, T10, I have worked to improve Democratic turnout and have one the largest and best performing precincts in the county. I have walked my precinct (once with Debbie Wasserman Schults and Martin Kiar), called superdemocrats in the precinct, sent a mailing with a palm  card that many voters brought with them to the polls and always work my poll on election day from 7 am to 7 pm.

If elected Area Leader I will organize quarterly meetings that will also be social events. I propose having these meetings at different locations around the area in Weston, Davie and Cooper City. These meetings will be at bar restaurants, pool halls, bowling alleys, diners or clubs where we can invite precinct people and those we want to promote as precinct leaders. We will also issue lists of voters to precinct committee persons so that they have the tools to call, walk or mail voters in their precincts. Finally, I will appoint leaders to be responsible for the different cities and neighborhoods so that we have a strong organization.

Please be aware of my concern that Chair Ceasar will attempt to prevent my nomination and election as Area Leader. His animosity towards me is well documented as he tried to prevent me from becoming President of the Pine Island Ridge Democrat Club in 2005 by enacting rules preventing a person from serving as officer of a club if they do not live within the club’s boundaries. While I did not live in the Pine Island Ridge condominiums, I lived in the single family home development right across the street. I grieved his ruling and Ceasar eventually backed down, although the grievance committee never issued a decision. In 2008 Ceasar attempted to remove me from my elected seat as Precinct Committeeman, although I received more votes than anyone in a Broward precinct race, except for maybe two condominium committee persons with more votes. The Florida Democratic Party reversed Ceasar’s decision, but it was long after the Area Leader election, therefore I was unable to run two years because Ceasar prevented me from running by his actions.

It is vital to the party that we are organized for the 2012 elections. Our State Representative, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, is going to have another hateful tea party opponent. I worked the polls in the 2010 primary and general elections and saw the venomous hate they spew at Debbie. It is vital that we organize and get a great turnout for Debbie as well as Senator Bill Nelson, who I am sure will have a tough state wide race.

I am deeply disappointed by the 2010 election results. Florida has elected a governor with no government experience, who paid billions in fines for ripping off medicare/Medicaid and who is set on dismantling public education, health care and any safety net that protects the weakest among us.

Many of us are deeply concerned about the tragic path that our state is on. Only be organization and hard work can we overcome the right wing republicans and tea partiers that are working hard to change government for their own benefit.

It is time to re-organize and re-group as Democratic turnout in gubernatorial elections has decreased every cycle since 1998. I hate the feeling that Democrats are losers and those with the most money win.

That is why I hope that you will accept my nomination as Area Leader and ensure that the election is fair and above-reproach.

Please contact me and provide election procedures and confirm that everyone on the list you provided me is eligble to vote.

Thank you

s/R.Fleischer

Randy A. Fleischer, Esq.

Law Offices of Randy A. Fleischer, P.A.

8258 State Rd 84

Davie FL 33324

954 472-8401

www.rafesq.com

Greater Ft. Lauderdale Democratic Club

Greater Ft. Lauderdale Democratic Club will meet Feb 10, 2011 at 6pm

  • Ft. Lauderdale City Hall 8th                                                                                                                                                                     100 N. Andrews Ave
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

Please join us!

Fair Districts Fight Continues

This is forwarded material from Ellen Freidin, who led the fight for redistricting reform – one of the few good things that came out of the November election and now something our state leaders seem determined to undermine.

Here’s Ellen:

Wednesday, Scott Maxwell of the Orlando Sentinel analogized our state officials to third world dictators where government does what it wants regardless of the will of its people. He was writing about the fact that the Secretary of State’s office had taken steps to thwart the application of our new redistricting standards— yes, the ones we worked so hard to pass, the ones that are now officially part of the state constitution. He was also writing about the fact that two members of Congress are being joined by the Florida House of Representatives in a lawsuit where they are essentially arguing that the citizens do not have the right to tell legislators how we want districts drawn.

The fight for fair districts is not over. Apparently Florida officials cannot respect the fact that Amendments 5 and 6 got 63% of the vote and are now part of the Constitution that they have sworn to uphold. And they are spending taxpayer money to undo what the people of Florida overwhelmingly voted for. Read the articles below to get a feel for what is going on and the outrage in the press.

I am writing to assure you that the FairDistricts team has not stopped fighting and we hope you will remain a part of our lean mean fighting machine! We have set up a new organization called FairDistricts Now, Inc., are gathering the best redistricting lawyers and experts we can find, and are continuing to energize our grassroots coalition members and organizations. Many of them are already speaking out though letters to the editors, press releases and op-eds. Dan Gelber is aggressively and skillfully heading up our legal team.

I promise you that we will not stop until the final maps implementing our reforms are approved. But we will continue to need your help.
I will keep you posted! (Don’t forget to read below)

With best regards,
Ellen

Ellen Freidin
FairDistricts Now, Inc.
2665 South Bayshore Drive
Suite M-103
Miami, Florida 33133
305-606-4300 mobile
305-432-9497 office
ecfreidin@aol.com

League of Women Voters leader presses to implement redistricting reform
By Anthony Man January 25, 2011 12:54 PM – Palm Beach Post

Pamela Goodman, former presidnet of the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County, is pushing back against a move by Gov. Rick Scott’s administration to slow implementation of the redistricting reform passed last year by Florida Voters.

The amendment, added to the state Constitution in November by the voters, is aimed at reducing political gamesmanship when congressional, state Senate and state House districts are redrawn to reflect population changes uncovered in the every-10-years census.

The party in power invariably draws districts to give it advantages and hurt the minority party.

Under former Gov. Charlie Crist, the state had submitted regulations to the U.S. Department of Justice. Gov. Rick Scott’s adminstration withdrew those regulations, drawing howls of protest Tuesday from Fair Districts Now, which called it an abuse of power. Continue reading “Fair Districts Fight Continues”

Howard Finkelstein Guest Speaker

Public Defender Howard Finkelstein will be the guest speaker at Greater Fort Lauderdale Democratic Club’s January 13 meeting at 6:00. They meet at City Hall at 201 N. Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale (2 blocks north of Broward on Andrews Ave.). Honorable Finkelstein will be discussing whether constitutional officers of Broward County, Sheriff, Property Appraiser, Clerk of the Courts, State Attorney and Public Defender, should be appointed rather than elected as they currently are. The issue is on the political radar screen in 2011. Come join us for an important issue affecting government and our rights.

The Sweep of History Versus Personal Realities

After months of feeling disappointed that too little “Yes We Can!” progress was coming out of Congress and the White House, we once again have many a pundit telling us that in historical terms, President Obama has gotten and extraordinary amount accomplished in a relatively short time. Blogs and opinion columns chiding Obama supporters for being too impatient have been coming out for months now.

Personally, I run hot and cold on these. I can see where the analysis makes sense when Obama is compared against other presidents by historians and others who claim to understand the Big Picture better than I do. On the other hand, I look at the supposedly historic accomplishment of passing health care reform legislation and see that not all that much reform has taken place. As a self-employed person trying to afford health care reform, I’m struggling to pay the premiums on a policy that provides minimal benefits beyond protection against catastrophic illness. I’ve seen no relief and see little evidence that further implementation of the law will do anything to either cut my costs or improve my choices. Maybe it qualifies as a foot in the door for reform, but that’s only worthwhile if there will be further progress to follow.

Still, the last couple of weeks have been encouraging. In the very last hours of the Democratic majority in Congress, we’ve seen a burst of productivity — and some signs that Obama may prove more aggressive in the next two years of his presidency. I hope so.

Here are a couple of accounts of what’s happened and what may be to come from the Atlantic Monthly.

The Most Productive Lame Duck Since WWII — and Maybe Ever

It didn’t just feel like the lame duck session of Congress got an unusual amount done. It’s a fact, say congressional observers.

The Return of Barack Obama, Economic Populist

As he heads to Hawaii, Obama sounds like he’s looking for a fight.

The Opportunity Created by Fair Districts Redistricting Reform

While most of us had little to celebrate Tuesday night, there was one bright spot: The Fair Districts Florida redistricting reform succeeded with the passage of Amendment 5 and Amendment 6. This was not a partisan victory, for all that opponents tried to paint it as a liberal plot. Democrats threw more organized support behind it because they potentially have more to gain. Still, the upside is only a potential, with no guarantees.

Essentially Amendments 5 and 6 promise to eliminate the worst abuses of gerrymandering, as the game is played to protect incumbents and promote one political party over the other. The more bizarre salamander-shaped districts stretching up and down the coast, or from one coast to the other, should go away. We shouldn’t be naive enough to expect that the legislature won’t still try to play games with redistricting, but at least the game will have rulebook, enforced by the courts if need be.

The rules say districts should be compact and follow city, county, or natural boundaries where possible. Opponents claimed it would be “mathematically impossible” to meet these requirements. In practice, it will not always be possible to make a district both compact and to follow city borders, for example, given that some cities have odd-shaped borders, too. But to pass muster, the new districts will have to reflect some reasonable effort to follow these guidelines.

That means the whole game board for the 2012 elections will be shaken up. I take some comfort in the fact that the heavily gerrymandered District 22, where Republican Allen West is about to become the Congressman, ought to be among the first to go. Whatever new district is drawn may still be favorable to Republicans, but perhaps not as much so.

Meanwhile, some Democrats who have enjoyed relatively “safe” districts will find themselves facing more competitive races in 2012. Other districts may not necessarily be better or worse for either party, but they will still be different, and Democrats who want to win in them will have to introduce themselves to new constituencies.

I look forward to the shakeup, and it’s one of the things we need. I’ve heard the argument that Democrats will benefit because we have the advantage in voter registration. But party registration does not always tell the tale of how people vote, and independents are often the ones who cast the deciding vote. We have an opportunity, but no guarantees.