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Florida Democratic Party chief Allison Tant won't seek re-election

Allison Tant of Tallahassee is nearly hoisted almost off her feet by Vice-Chair Alan Clendenin of Tampa winning election as the Florida Democratic Party chair on Jan. 26, 2013, in Lake Mary.

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Allison Tant of Tallahassee is nearly hoisted almost off her feet by Vice-Chair Alan Clendenin of Tampa winning election as the Florida Democratic Party chair on Jan. 26, 2013, in Lake Mary.

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Allison Tant, the chairwoman of the Florida Democratic Party, told party leaders in an email Friday she won't seek reelection when her term as state chief expires in January.

"I will use the remainder of my term to ensure that the next chair is able to hit the ground running on day one with as smooth of a transition as possible," she wrote the state's Democratic Executive Committee leadership. "Let’s keep up the fight and do all we can to move the state and country we love forward together."

A party spokesman said Tant was unavailable for interviews. Hillary Clinton lost in Florida, as did U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy. Democrats picked up a single congressional seat.

Tant won the post in January 2013, defeating activist Alan Clendenin, who could seek the post again despite losing a Hillsborough County School Board race Tuesday. He's currently the party's first vice-chairman.

"Let's learn from this experience, and create a plan for a new beginning," Clendenin wrote supporters in a Thursday email in which he made no mention of the party leadership position.

Here's Tant's email in full:

Fellow Democrats —

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your dedication and tireless effort on behalf of our party. While this wasn’t the outcome we worked so hard for, we stood for what is best in our country — justice, equality, compassion and hope.

As Hillary said in her speech, “This loss hurts. But please never stop believing that fighting for what's right is worth it. It is. It is worth it.”

It has truly been a privilege and an honor to serve as your chair and I wanted you to hear from me first that I’ve decided to not seek reelection in January. I will use the remainder of my term to ensure that the next chair is able to hit the ground running on day one with as smooth of a transition as possible.

Again, thank you for your support and inspiration over the last few years. You worked your hearts out and I couldn’t be more proud. But there is still so much work to be done to protect the progress we’ve made — and we don’t have a minute to waste. It’s on each and every one of us to defend the values we hold dear. Let’s keep up the fight and do all we can to move the state and country we love forward together.

I’ve loved meeting and working with you all and I know we will rise from this defeat to build a brighter future.

Sincerely,

Allison

[Last modified: Friday, November 11, 2016 11:25am]

    

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