The crowd that turned out for Saturday's reception of U. S. Senate Candidate Kendrick Meek was enthusiactic and ready to work. Congressman Meek spoke for 20 minutes or so, then talked with attendees and posed for photos. St. Petersburg City Councilman Wengay "Newt" Newton was the Master of Ceremonies. Many of our Pinellas County elected officals and candidates for office were in attendance. The Pinellas County Democratic Clubs had tables to promote their clubs and activities.
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Shown here: Congressman Meek with Rich Piper and Heidi Sanchez.
Bob Hackworth, former Mayor of Dunedin and candidate for Congress in 2008, announced his candidacy for the County Commission in District 4 Saturday night at the PCDEC’s Kennedy-King Dinner. To date, he is the only Democrat running in the race in this district (which extends from Clearwater Beach and Safety Harbor north). The incumbent, Susan Latvala, has several Republican challengers in the August 24 primary, and has scored poorly in a recent survey of voters, conducted by Schroth, Eldon & Associates.
In his announcement, Hackworth promised to be “a citizen legislator beholden to no one. That’s why I will limit contributions to my campaign to $100 and only from individuals, not developers, corporations or those with business before the County Commission.”
Though most of our club members reside south of the boundaries of District 4, some are registered voters in this district. Even those who live in other districts are encouraged to assist in Bob Hackworth’s campaign.
In the other County Commission race in 2010, Democrat Calvin Harris is seeking re-election to an at-large seat, representing all of Pinellas County. At present, he is opposed by Republican Norm Roche (a former Democrat who switched parties recently). Harris’s campaign also welcomes our support.
Shown are Bob Hackworth (right) with Kathleen Jamison and St. Petersburg Council-member Steve Kornell.
Two Largo/Mid-Pinellas Democratic Club Members Win Leadership Awards . At the Pinellas County Democrats' Kennedy-King Dinner Saturday, February 27, two of our club members were among the three individuals who won leadership awards.
Jack Killingsworth received the John F. Kennedy/Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award for a lifetime of commitment to the Democratic Party that has included running for Supervisor of Elections and School Board, heading the St. Petersburg Democratic Club, raising funds and giving advice to an array of Democratic candidates and causes and helping this club and many others to get started.
Our club President, Rich Piper, received the Lawton Chiles-Bob Graham Award for Grassroots Leadership, in recognition of his efforts on behalf of Democratic candidates and causes since moving to Pinellas County a few years ago.
Betty Morgenstein of St. Pete Beach was the other recipient of an honor, winning the Fannie Lou Hamer/Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Award. She and her husband Harvey have been the leaders and major moving forces of the Greater Pinellas Democratic Club for several decades.
Rich is shown here with Florida CFO and Gubernatorial candidate, Alex Sink, who was the keynote speaker at the dinner. For more photos of the evening, click here.
Rich offers some serious thoughts on the effects of the Supreme Court ruling in the Citizens United v FEC and a call to action! (This is, after all, what the Democratic Clubs are all about!) Click here to read his full column.
As Rich notes, January was an eventful month for Democratic politics, from the special election in Massachusetts, to the President's State of the Union, Town Hall in Tampa and Q&A at the GOP Retreat in Baltimore. Locally, our club had a record turnout to hear Sen. Charlie Justice and other great candidates explain their positions, respond to questions, and tell us how we can help. In our districts and around Pinellas County, we have some excellent candidates who need your help. At the PC DEC meeting we heard from still more impressive candidates. Please make some time to get involved and help elect Democrats. The November election will give us an unprecedented oppotunity to elect Democrats to the top State Executive offices including Governor and Attorney General; we have great candidates for the US Senate and US House of Representatives; and we have many qualited and dynamic candidates running in municipal and county-wide races. To get more involved with the Democratic Party and our candidates, email [email protected] or [email protected].
February is Black History Month and our February 15th meeting will include a history of Largo's Ridgecrest neighborhood, and other special speakers to be announced. Watch your email and this site for further details.
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The 2012 Democratic National Convention was held in Charlotte, NC Sep 3 - 6. Several Club members attended. These photos include those taken by Wanda Schwerer who attended as a member of the Platform Committee.
A wealth of photos provided by Mary Lou Abrose of the St Pete Democratic Club Picnic and the receptions for Pinellas County Commissioners Calvin Harris and Ken Welch. Lots of folks, including current elected officials and candidates, turned out for both events.
Lots happening in June! The 2010 Campaign season is in full bloom.
Organizing for America (OFA) had a canvassing event; St. Pete Democratic Club has a picnic at the War Veteran's Park; Alex Sink has a birthday party! And on Indian Rocks Beach there was an "oil spill vigil". and that's just through June 8th! Come back for more photos in the coming weeks....
May got off to a great start. The Greater Pinellas Democratic Club picnic at Fort Desoto was May 2nd, and several Largo Club members were there to enjoy the day. On May 3rd, a number of Club members were at the Ridgecrest YMCA to spend the evening with Brenda's Kids, help them write letters to President Obama and enjoy some pizza (and cake!)l
Thank you for attending the Reception for Kendrick Meek on April 17th at Tucson's.
This Photo Gallery contains all phtotos taken at the Reception. To download your photo, find the photo and click on the "thumbnail" image. This will take you to the large image of the photo. Place your cursor in the middle of the photo and RIGHT CLICK to bring up the menu. From this menu elect either "save target as" or "save picture as" and save your photo to your local hard drive.
On April 3rd, 2010, Jack Killingsworth opened his home and back yard to the many volunteers who successfully gathered more than 6,600 candidate petitions for Charlie Justice. Charlie thanked the volunteers, and reminded us that this was just the FIRST STEP of the campaign.
I think after the good food and good fellowship, we're all ready to work just as hard to ensure that Charlie Justice represent U S Congressional District 10 in the 112th Congress.
All photos in this album were taken by Heidi Sanchez.
March got off to a great start, but the Photos start with the weekend of March 13 and 14! Club members marched in the Seminole Pow Wow parade to support Rep. Janet Long, attending the Pinellas OFA meeting in Pinellas Park, and gathered signatures on petitions for Kendrick Meek and Charlie Justice... and that's just for starters!!
One last big event in February - the PCDEC Kennedy-King Gala. Over 250 Democrats turned out to enjoy fellowship and hear from our many candidates including Alex Sink, Kendrick Meek and Charlie Justice. Janet Long was the MC. Our President, Rich Piper, was presented with the Lawton Chiles - Bob Graham award for Grassroots Leadership.
Vernon Bryant of Brenda's Kids at the Greater Ridgecrest YMCA and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Greater Ridgecrest Youth Development Initiative (GRAYDI), was the featured speaker at our February 15th meeting. Vito Sheeley of the Kendrick Meeks for Senate campaign bought petitions and encouraged us to get behind our Candidate. Rep. Meek will be in Pinellas County later this month, and Vito will keep us informed of the dates/times/locations so we can participate.
On Saturday, Feb 13, hundreds of folks gathered on the Florida beaches to participate in "Hands Across the Sand" to protest proposals to drill off our shores.
The Largo/Mid-Pinellas club members split up to cover Clearwater Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, Reddington and other beaches and to gather petitions for Charlie Justice.
On Thursday, Jan 28, 2010, President Obama followed his State of the Union Address with a Town Hall meeting in Tampa, FL., to announce the new High speed rail line to be build between Tampa and Orlando. A delegation from the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Democratic Club were up early to get good seats at the University of Tampa Bob Martinez Sports Center to hear the President and the VIce-President Joe Biden speak and respond to questions. (Photos by Heidi Sanchez)
Three candidates spoke to our January club meeting. Fl State Senator, and US Congressional District 10 candidate Charlie Justice was the keynote speaker. Incumbant Belleair Bluffs Commissioner Joe Barkley is running for re-election and told the Largo club how the Belleair Bluffs economy and Commission decisions affect those of us who dine and shop in the Bluffs. Jessica Summers, who is running to fill Nina Hayden's School Board seat, brought her children to the meeting to show us why she is running, and to emphasize that her children, and all children of Pinellas County are her priority. Over 50 people crowded into Rich Piper's Harbor Bluff's home to hear and meet the candidates.
On Saturday, December 19, Lois Fries hosted the Club's Holiday Party at her home in Largo. The "cost" of admittance was a donation for the Green Chapel food pantry.
Our Photo Editor, Heidi Sanchez, snapped these great photos!
The menu was "pot luck", with members bringing hors d'oeuvres, entres or desserts. Lois's house was festive, the laden table was beautiful, the food plentiful and delicious -- and a great time was had by all.
On Saturday, December 12,Florida CFO and Candidate for Governor Alex Sink spoke to the Democratic Women on the Move! luncheon at Feather Sound Country Club. Several members of the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Democratic Club attended, as did many of our Elected officials.