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March 22 - 29

Polk County Democratic Party Weekly Digest: March 22-29, 2021

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Municipal Elections:  Lakeland, Bartow, Dundee, Haines City, Lake Alfred and Lake Wales
  • Early, in-person voting runs March 29-April 5, excluding Saturdays and Sundays, at the Polk County Supervisor of Elections offices in Lakeland, Bartow and Winter Haven.
  • Vote-by-mail drop boxes will be available at the City Halls that are open to the public and Polk County Supervisor of Elections offices in Bartow and Winter Haven.
  • Election Day is April 6.
Did you know: A Republican-backed bill in the Florida Legislature would eliminate ballot drop boxes? Find out more here.


There is a city-wide election on April 6th, 2021 for the Commission Seat in SE District D. This is a special election to fulfill the term for this seat that was vacated by Scott Franklin when he was elected to Congress. The winner of this seat on April 6 will go on to the regular election on November 2 for a full four-year term.
There are four candidates in this April election, two of whom are Democrats – Steve Frankenberger and Shandale Terrell. 
We cannot endorse either candidate but are asking you to pick one of the following and vote on April 6th or earlier.
Both candidates can use volunteer help.  If you can help or donate to the candidate of your choice, please check out their information below: 

Candidate Steve Frankenberger 
Facebook: Frankenberger4LKLD 
You will find information to donate or volunteer your time at his link below:

Candidate Shandale Terrell
Facebook: Shandale Terrell For The Community
You will find information to donate or volunteer your time at his link below:


There is a city-wide election on April 6, 2021.

The Polk County Democrats are endorsing the following candidates for the Lake Wales City Commission
Daniel is running for Seat #2,  Kris is running for Seat #4

Both candidates can use volunteer help.  If you can help or donate either candidate , please check out their information below: 

Candidate Daniel Williams
FaceBook: DWforLW
You will find information to donate or volunteer your time at his Facebook page.
FaceBook: DWforLW

Candidate Kris Fitzgerald
Facebook: FitzgeraldCampaign
You will find information to donate or volunteer your time at her link below: 
The Democrats of the House & Senate passed the American Rescue Plan for the country. 
This is what Polk County Cities & Towns will receive. 

               Auburndale: $7 million.                             Bartow:  $8.47 million
               Davenport: $2.52 million                           Dundee: $2.12 million
                      Eagle Lake: $1.22 million                           Fort Meade: $2.63 million 
                        Frostproof: $1.37 million                           Haines City: $10.93 million
                      Lake Alfred: $2.63 million                          Lake Hamilton: $630,000
                    Lake Wales: $7.04 million                          Lakeland: $24.38 million 
                   Mulberry: $1.79 million                              Polk City: $1.14 million  

                K12 EDUCATION: $293 million

Stop the attack on educators. Vote no on SB 1014!

Depending on the county, educators might have more than 100 items they can have deducted from their payroll. From health insurance to United Way donations to gym memberships, educators are given the freedom to choose what to have deducted from their paycheck. Bill 1014 removes that freedom for union membership only. Our legislators should be in the business of ensuring and expanding freedom, not limiting it.

Click the link above to find out more and how to send a message to the members of the Senate Rules Committee to reject this bill.

Congressman Soto Accepting Community Project Funding Requests

Through the new Community Project Funding program, Members of Congress will be able to request funding for up to 10 specific projects in their districts to serve the public good, with direct funding to specific governmental entities, nonprofit organizations or geographic locations.. The deadline for submitting CPF requests for Florida’s 9th Congressional District is Friday, April 2, 2021, at 5:00 PM ET. Congressman Darren Soto is inviting residents to visit his webpage to find out how to make a submission.
In other Florida State News
Democratic leaders in Florida are calling for newly elected Republican state Sen. Frank Artiles to resign and for officials to hold a special election after it was revealed that the state’s most closely contested district was very likely swayed by a “sham” candidate bankrolled by a former GOP lawmaker. Artiles was charged last week with several felonies for allegedly recruiting a former lobbyist and longtime friend, Alex Rodriguez, to run as a third-party candidate in last year’s District 37 Senate race. For the full story, visit Law and Crime.


Volunteer for Get Out The Vote (GOTV)

The coming Florida state elections are going to be very challenging. Start helping now by volunteering with The Membership & Precinct Organizing Committee (MPOC) and Voter Registration teams. 

  • Are you good at teaching or explaining things to others? Put your skills to use as a trainer, especially for Voter Registration.
  • Are you bi-lingual? Would you like to become a coordinator for your community?
  • Do you keep up with community events (markets, festivals, etc.) in your area? Gather information for venues for voter registration and Democratic Party presence
  • Are you good at organizing information? Collect, record and track voter registrations.
  • Do you enjoy getting out in your local area? Are you good at doing research on the internet? Build our database of apartments and gated communities.

Click here to Join the MPOC Support Team.
Click here to Join the Voter Registration Support Team.
Click here to Join the Public Relations and Publicity Support Team
Click here to Join the virtual Office Support Team
Click here to Join the Campaign & Candidate Recruitment Support Team

Important Dates and Meetings
Steering Committee & Regular DEC Meetings

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on Monday, April 5th
The next Regular DEC Meeting will be held on Monday, April 12th  Click here to register.
(Regular DEC meetings are on 2nd Monday of the month)

Club & Caucus Meetings

Democratic Women’s Club of Lakeland:  March 22 at 6:30 PM
(Regular Meetings Every 4th Monday of each month)
Greater Winter Haven Democratic Club: March 23 at 7 PM
(Regular Meetings Every 4th Tuesday of each month)

Events Calendar of Clubs and Caucuses
Democratic Party of Polk County, Club & Caucus Links
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Democratic Party of Polk County
Democratic Club of Cypress Lakes
Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Polk Co.
Democratic Women’s Club of Lakeland
Greater Winter Haven Democratic Club
Lake Ashton Democratic Club
Lake Wales Democratic Club
Lakeland Democratic Club
North East Polk Democratic Club
Polk Co. Progressive Democratic Caucus
Rainbow Ridge LGTBA Caucus
Solivita Democratic Club
Polk County Disability Caucus
Polk County Young Democrats

Special Thanks to Michelle Bradley.
Change of Mailing Address: 
Due to the pandemic the Democratic Party of Polk County has closed the office in Lakeland.
The mailing address is the following:
The Democratic Party of Polk County, 6039 Cypress Gardens Boulevard, Suite 328, Winter Haven, FL 33884   
The telephone number remains the same:  (863) 668-7199
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