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Dinner With Democrats

Nelson Pledges Help with River, Asks for Local Support

Martin County’s Democratic Party is promising a winning election year after a standing room only crowd cheered an array of candidates led by incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Florida Democratic Party chair Karen Thurman at its gala Dinner for Democrats on Saturday.

Nelson pledged his continued support for environmental issues, and promised to spearhead federal help for the troubled St. Lucie and Indian Rivers, and fight the Republican-backed oil drilling off Florida’s coast.

In addition to Nelson, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rod Smith, attorney general candidate Skip Campbell; and Congressional District 16 candidates David Lutrin, Tim Mahoney and Emme Ross also spoke.

“When I toured your river several weeks ago,” Nelson said, “I was stunned at the total lack of life: no pelicans, no fish jumping, just algae. It’s a tragedy that must be fixed.”

Nelson said his U.S. Senate seat is the number one target of Republicans in the 2006 election, because he is the last remaining southern Democrat.

He praised Martin County’s 2005 election turnout, which saw 3,000 more votes for John Kerry than registered Democrats.

Thurman said Democrats in Florida are motivated to win elections. “Republican policies are ruining our environment, our air, our water, our schools, our economy,” she said. “We will take this state back in 2006.”

The dinner drew more than 225 attendees. Co-chairs of the event were Rose Klein and Kay Williams. Joining them on the committee were Dave Dew, Valerie Jones, Ed Matson, SuAnn McLaughlin, Marie Argana, Barbara Learned, John and Ruth Fox, Marilyn Mordes and Cynthia Crankshaw. The invocation was given by Rabbi Jonathan Kendall, and the benediction was given by Rev. Dave Havens.
Article in Stuart News

County Chair David Dew, Lyda Karrh and Senator Bill Nelson

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