Ione Townsend has additional to her list of supporters with a number of Democratic state committee folks from chapters across the state.
Townsend, who has been chair of the Hillsborough County Democratic Celebration considering that 2016, has earned endorsements from at the very least 14 state committee individuals from 10 county celebration chapters in her bid for Florida Democratic Bash chair. The endorsements prolong from the HCDP’s own two condition committee persons to those people in Alachua, Brevard, Lake, Lee, Leon, Monroe, Pasco, Polk and Volusia counties.
Endorsements from neighborhood point out committee folks demonstrate substantial in the race for FDP chair. Below the current voting program in the celebration, the bulk of the votes occur from the point out committee persons from Democratic Govt Committees across Florida.
Having said that, Townsend has made apparent that she intends to reform the latest voting procedure utilized by the social gathering in an work to build a more transparent and democratic system. Fewer than 250 people today will cast about 1200 votes to decide the new management, and about 40% of the voting ability is predicted to be concentrated in the fingers of just 10 persons.
“My aim for the Florida Democratic Occasion is to build rely on and social gathering infrastructure via integrity, transparency, accountability and an unshakeable dedication to illustration by vigorous ‘small d’ democracy,” Townsend reported in a assertion.
Townsend has also been given endorsements from various area celebration chairs as effectively, including Pinellas Democratic Bash Chair Barbara Scott, Pasco County Democratic Party Chair Kelly Smith and Polk County Democratic Social gathering Point out Committeewoman Karen Welzel. Rep. Andrew Discovered, who was elected less than her occasion management, is also backing Townsend.
Townsend faces a notable challenger in the race for chair in former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, who has nabbed a variety of endorsements considering the fact that his announcement to operate — lots of from Tampa Bay location Democrats and some of whom endorsed Diaz right before Townsend had publicly determined to run.
So considerably, Diaz has garnered help from Tampa Bay area state Senators Janet Cruz and Darryl Rouson, Reps. Susan Valdes and Diane Hart, and U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist.
The approaching election can take location following month to do well outgoing Chair Terri Rizzo, who has held the seat given that 2017. Rizzo is stepping down just after Democrats’ bad efficiency in November, even though she will keep her role main the Palm Seaside County Democratic Bash.
Also jogging for FDP chair are Cynthia Moore Chestnut, who leads the Alachua County Democratic Party, and Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida Chair Janelle Christensen. Nikki Barnes, who has served as a Democratic Nationwide Committee member, is also eyeing the task.
The next state committee folks are supporting Townsend’s Campaign for FDP Chair:
— Sam McKee, Alachua County Democratic Occasion
— Sanjay Patel, Brevard County Democratic Bash
— Stacey Patel, Brevard County Democratic Celebration
— Marcus Klebe, Hillsborough County Democratic Bash
— Vanessa Lester, Hillsborough County Democratic Celebration
— Alan Harris, Lake County Democratic Social gathering
— Mike Bonacolta, Lee County Democratic Get together
— Nicole Soza, Leon County Democratic Get together
— Ryler Calabrese, Leon County Democratic Get together
— Dakin Weekley, Monroe County Democratic Social gathering
— Lou Malerba, Pasco County Democratic Party
— Karen Welzel, Polk County Democratic Bash
— Miles Carr, Polk County Democratic Get together
— Evans Smith, Volusia County Democratic Celebration