press release
4/20/12 09:37AM

Events Kick Off Local Election Activities for Democrats

Party to Honor Successful Legislators and Pave the Road to the Charlotte Convention

TAMPA -- The Hillsborough County Democratic Party announces two events that will kick off local election activities for 2012.

On Wednesday, 25 April the Party will honor Democratic women legislators Representative Betty Reed, Representative Janet Cruz, and Senator Arthenia Joyner at an evening fundraiser. The event will be held at the offices of Swope Rodante P.A, 1234 5th Avenue East, Tampa from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The public is invited to attend, and a donation of $100 is suggested.

Among their many achievements in representing Hillsborough County, Representative Reed and Senator Joyner successfully co-sponsored a bill signed earlier this month by Governor Scott that puts in place humane and uniform rules for the treatment of pregnant women who are incarcerated in any prison, jail or detention facility in the state. In 2010, the state of Florida received an “F” for its shackling policies in an annual “report card” released by the Rebecca Project for Human Rights. The new law sponsored by Rep. Reed and Sen. Joyner addresses the issues in that report card, and it is the first of its kind to be passed in the South.  Representative Cruz sponsored and co-sponsored several important bills in 2012. Of particular note is a "Healthcare Fraud" measure that will toughen Florida rules for healthcare licensing and make it harder to commit healthcare fraud.

"The citizens of Hillsborough County are very well served by these three Democratic legislators," says Democratic Party Chairman Chris Mitchell. "Recent media attention around the obvious disdain some public figures have toward women, together with insistence by conservatives that females' healthcare decisions and reproductive rights are somehow the concern of the government, remind us that we cannot take for granted the progress of the past 40 years. This political climate makes it all the more important that the Hillsborough County Democratic Party demonstrate its support for these capable leaders and encourage other women to get involved in the political process."

On Saturday, 5 May the Democratic Party will hold its County Caucus, the first of a multi-step process that will lead to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, in early September. Registered Democrats are encouraged to get involved in the re-election of President Obama by filing to be a delegate and attending the Caucus meeting on 5 May. The session will be held from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the West Tampa Public Library, 2312 West Union Street in Tampa. To learn more about the process of becoming a delegate, Democrats are encouraged to review information on the Party's website at and to submit a delegate application by the deadline of Friday, 27 April 2012. For Democrats with questions, an optional informational conference call has been scheduled for Sunday, 22 April at 8:00 PM. To access the call dial (605) 475-4000 and use participant access code 177005#.

"A lot of people hear an ongoing din about what isn't working in the United States these days," states Party Chair Chris Mitchell. "Getting involved in the process is a great way to better understand how much does work about our system, and about how much power ordinary people have to change things for the better. This year, Democrats will be working to elect candidates who believe the system should be fair for everyone, the economy should work for everyone, and there should be real accountability for everyone. This Caucus meeting is an important first step."

The Democratic Party of Hillsborough County is the local face of the State and National Democratic Party. Its purpose is to find, train, and support Democratic candidates for local, state, and national offices that represent and uphold the core principles of the Democratic Party. We seek individual freedom in the framework of a just society and political freedom in the framework of meaningful participation by all citizens.



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