Dear Florida Democrat,
After months of careful deliberations, your Party's leaders have chosen overwhelmingly to reaffirm our strong commitment to fully participating in the state-run Democratic Presidential Primary on January 29, 2008, despite the penalties from the Democratic National Committee.
There will be no other primary. Florida Democrats absolutely must vote on January 29th. We make this election matter. Not the DNC, not the delegates, not the candidates, but Florida Democrats like you and me voting together. We make it count.
Don't let anybody call this vote a "beauty contest" or a "straw poll." On January 29, 2008, there will be a fair and open election in Florida, which will provide for maximum voter participation. The nation will be paying attention, and Florida Democrats will have a major impact in determining who the next President of the United States of America will be.
The Primary isn't the only thing on the January 29th ballot. The results of the constitutional amendment referendum and municipal races will affect you locally - your schools, your safety and your homes.
The Party has set up a website, www.MakeItCountFlorida.com, that I hope will answer any questions you may have about the Primary. There's a lot of information there. You can even order a bumper sticker for your car so whether you're cruising down 95 or stuck in traffic on the I-4, you'll always be helping to remind other Democrats to "Make It Count" on January 29th.
The Florida Democratic Party is proud to support the right to vote and have that vote counted. We are also proud that we took the time to consider all of our options thoroughly so we could make an informed and responsible decision.
America faces such great challenges at this moment in time. Florida Democrats need to continue building our capacity at the local level so we can elect a Democratic President on November 4, 2008. I know the Primary debate has been emotional for many people, but now it's time to move forward.
Let's remain united as Democrats because when we stick together, we win.
And we've got to win big in 2008. The country needs us.
Congresswoman Karen L. Thurman
Chairwoman, Florida Democratic Party
I write this Sunday morning to inform you of an announcement that your Florida Democratic Party will make today in Broward County.
After months of careful deliberations, your Party leaders have chosen overwhelmingly to reaffirm our strong commitment to fully participating in the state-run Democratic Presidential Primary on January 29, 2008, despite the penalties from the Democratic National Committee.
While we did look at many options to comply with DNC Rules, none were able to meet the goals of holding an open and fair process, maximizing participation, protecting the right to vote and building the Democratic Party. As well, they would have failed to reach all Democrats and would spend money we don't have or that should be spent on winning elections.
Moreover, we had to take into consideration the fact that the four early states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina informed the Florida Democratic Party this past week that they would not allow the Presidential candidates to campaign in Florida even if we held an alternative process.
So today's announcement brings to a conclusion the discussion of the date of Florida's Democratic Primary with the Democratic National Committee (DNC). This decision was made with the support of at least 3/4 of the Party's State Executive Committee, which had already voted twice to go with January 29th. We won't be voting on this again.
The Party is holding a press conference today to announce the decision on the primary. We would truly appreciate your support if you are able to attend. It will be held at the Southwest Focal Point Senior Center, 301 NW 103rd Ave, Pembroke Pines at 3 PM.
The Florida Democratic Party is working with the DNC every day to build for 2008. Our State Partnership Program is currently second in the nation in implementing the DNC's Election Protection Program and we will continue working with the DNC and our DECs, clubs and caucuses to ensure we build a strong grassroots operation state wide. And although the DNC has said it will not recognize delegates from Florida, the Party plans to appeal to the eventual Democratic nominee for President to be seated at the Convention. Regardless, WE MUST NOT minimize the importance and impact of the vote on January 29th and continue to prepare for victory on November 4, 2008.
Thank you for your support in this decision and your dedication to the Florida Democratic Party.
Leonard Joseph, Executive Director
Florida Democratic Party
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