Duval County Democratic Party

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This site offers information on how to join the Duval County Democratic Party, volunteer locally on the issues that matter most to you and look up local Democratic meeting dates and times.

If you would like to become a Precinct Committee Person find your precinct  and fill out the form.


All DEC Training Day

Saturday, March 18, 2017
9am-Noon
IBEW Union Hall
966 N Liberty St
Jacksonville, Fl 32206
*DEC Members and Officially Chartered Clubs and Caucuses Welcome

Agenda:

  • How the DECs Interact with the Florida Democratic Party
  • County DEC's Officers Responsibilities 
  • Precinct Leaders and Teams (Grassroots and Blocks)
  • How We Win Elections
  • Election Tools and Guidelines
  • GOTV and VBM: Make a Plan

See you there!

Senator Audrey Gibson, Chair


Hello, Duval Democrats!

How exciting to see so many Democrats sworn-in at our last general meeting - 41 new Precinct Captains are ready to move our party forward as part of our Duval Democratic Executive Committee. This along with 14 new District Chairs. Thank you so much for your willingness to be "values-driven" to serve! Remember, when we stay focused and positive, the possibilities are limitless! 

Senator Audrey Gibson, Chair


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  • commented 2017-03-23 17:55:57 -0400 · Flag
    THIS IS YOUR PARTY…YOU MAKE THE DECISIONS!

    To win elections you must educate, organize and most of all, have the support of the Democratic Party elected members. Therefore, I would like to thank Alison Morano and Mike Coleman for their DEC Training this past week.

    What was concerning to me at the training were questions by the participants. They had good suggestions and ideas as to what the party should be involved in; and how to get voters motivated to vote in elections. In my opinion, the responses they received weren’t what they wanted to hear.

    I continue to remind members and voters that elected officers of the Democratic Party work for the members; they do not dictate their agenda to you. You do not have to ask, or get permission for development of the party. When you are at a DEC meeting and you have an idea, put it in the form of a motion or a by-law proposal. If you are not an elected voting member, you can relay your ideas to your Precinct Person or District Chair to present at meetings on your behalf. The members will make the decision, not one or two individuals!
  • commented 2017-03-23 16:22:28 -0400 · Flag
    Joseph Maceo George

    Good ideas Phillip. If those suggestions were presented at our first meeting in January, at Cuba Libre Restaurant, we perhaps would have a Democratic Headquarters by now!
  • commented 2017-03-23 11:24:41 -0400 · Flag
    Lets work in helping to find solutions to the challenges we identify. Do any of us have connections to owner’s of commercial space who might rent to the DEC? Share the contact with our DEC Officers. Lets ask our respective City Council persons if they are aware of City space that might be available. Could District volunteers and leaders pool funds for a District cell phone…or several Districts do a shared plan with multiple lines and members contribute X- amount monthly to off-set the cost. Perhaps the DEC could work a deal for all 14 Districts and the DEC to share a multi-line account. I’d chip in monthly for such a District only, or, DEC plus all District setup. Perhaps our 7 Democratic Council persons would share that expense.
  • commented 2017-03-01 14:31:25 -0500 · Flag
    Maceo I agree it sucks we have no office. With only $6000 in the bank it is hard. Now the phone should be a cell and in an officers hands. Why I believe people do not vote has nothing to do with the local party. It has more to do with current people in office not talking to people after they get the office.
  • commented 2017-02-23 10:30:31 -0500 · Flag
    J. Maceo George

    For those who may not know it, we have not had a “Democratic Headquarters” in Jacksonville since December of last year. Hundredth of voters in Jacksonville and surrounding area are calling our office only to get a recording, and no one to return their phone calls in a timely manner (four months).  Where are the telephones?
    Due to the fact that we will not have a General meeting in March, members will have to wait until April to address this issue.  Do you think this is one of the reasons why Democrats  don’t get out and vote?  What is your opinion?
  • commented 2017-02-22 16:20:21 -0500
    We will get together in districts tonight and vote on the chair of each district. If your a member you can run.That is the only rule in the by laws. If your in dist 7 I am putting my name up I would like your vote.
  • commented 2017-02-18 14:15:50 -0500 · Flag
    I’d like to be a precinct captain. How do I do that?
  • commented 2017-02-15 12:39:05 -0500 · Flag
    Will the points brought up in the comments below be addressed? I attended a meeting several years ago, and I had the same impression and did not return. Is the party truly reaching out to welcome new ideas, new talent, etc.?
  • commented 2017-02-14 06:15:40 -0500 · Flag
    Interested in becoming a Precinct Committee Person? Yes, I am.
    Are there any directions anywhere on this site about HOW to do that? No, there are not.
  • followed this page 2017-02-14 06:14:38 -0500
  • commented 2017-02-07 11:59:48 -0500 · Flag
    Why wasn’t there more of an outreach to new attendees at the DuvalDem meeting last week? As a former Dem officer, I found a large lack of organization, no procedures followed. Why not follow Robert’s Rules of Order to run meeting. Many first time, would be, Democrats left meeting after the interruptions by “protesters”. Many people filled out the sign in sheets, myself included. As yet no contact from the Dem organization, when will this happen?
  • commented 2017-02-04 09:38:32 -0500
    I was also at the meeting on January 31st. The event notification on the FB page stated: Come meet with other Duval Democrats and get involved in crafting the future of our local party!
    There was no opportunity to get involved. Other than remarks at the start of the meeting, the over 100 people that showed up energized and ready to get to work were ignored, other than being chastised for talking among ourselves. Then people started leaving. And those that stayed were extremely disappointed when, at the end of the business meeting, we were tole we could now socialize. The business meeting should have been conducted either before or after the general meeting. The Duval Dems lost a prime opportunity last Tuesday – the opportunity to enlist the help of those that were there to move the party forward toward the mid-terms. Most of those I have heard from are now planning on putting their energies and dollars toward organizations that will actually use them. First rule of any organization that depends on volunteers – don’t alienate the free help. The leadership went a long way toward doing just that. There has been no statement from the Chair, or anyone else for that matter, as to what they intend to do moving forward.
  • commented 2017-02-02 08:52:52 -0500 · Flag
    We all need to help our Chair and our leadership to reorganize DuvalDems to be the kind of party that we envision to Defeat Trump. I invite people to post your views and positive ideas for what is needed, so everyone can be included in the discussion. As the Chair pointed out, there are many caucuses and organizations that are other avenues for you to get involved in between our County-Wide meetings. By speaking out and providing feedback here and in the various Democratic caucuses, clubs and organizations, we can give the organization leadership what they need to help us re-structure and move forward in the days ahead. If there is a DuvalDems Facebook group, or if not there should be, that is a good way to communicate with others about events between meetings.
  • commented 2017-02-02 08:28:07 -0500
    I was at the meeting and believe that the chair should have recognized people to speak and opened the floor for changes to the agenda. That said, everyone of us should take a deep breath because there are big challenges ahead and we will need each other. Here is a summary by Robert Reich that makes some key points, especially, “The economy is not working for most Americans.” and “The party needs to change from a big fundraising machine to a movement that fights for working people, blacks and whites….” women, hispanics, all of us… http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/reich/article/The-life-of-the-party-7-truths-for-Democrats-10881387.php
  • commented 2017-02-01 20:55:12 -0500 · Flag
    I entered last night’s meeting excited. I left last night’s meeting dismayed. I wanted to serve the DCDP. Now I not so sure. The lack of an item on the agenda to address the recent edicts from the White House national was extremely perplexing. However, what was most disheartening was the exchange between the Chair and I assume a Precinct leader about past business. I initially thought it fun banter between friends only to witness the discussion becoming more and more contentious. This type of exchange was inappropriate, difficult to watch, and quite honestly a turnoff to me, a guest. I still plan to serve my community because it is the right thing to do. Where I serve is now the dilemma.
  • commented 2017-02-01 12:00:49 -0500 · Flag
    I am a registered Democrat and last night, I was looking for a way to get involved in the local Democratic party. Given the events of the last few weeks, I thought that last night’s meeting would afford me the perfect opportunity. I was wrong. The meeting was disorganized and contentious and there was no mention of ways we could get involved, to start bolstering enthusiasm around making a difference in this county, state, and the nation. I don’t know that I’ll be back. I plan to attend a caucus meeting to see if there are more opportunities to get involved at that level. If not, I’ll have to find another organization to become an active part of that is actually doing something to make a difference, not just holding meetings for the sake of holding meetings. I hope things change so that we can be about the business of making a difference.
  • followed this page 2017-01-23 14:16:06 -0500
  • commented 2016-11-07 12:53:03 -0500
    CELEBRATE AN HISTORIC EVENT WITH US ON ELECTION NIGHT AT 7:00PM

    Duval County Democrats Election Night Party

    Cuba Libre at Havana Jax Restaurant
    2578 Atlantic Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207
    (904) 273-3235

    Cash Bar and $ 10 taco buffet. Please RSVP on the Calendar located from the drop down in upper left-hand corner of this page. Cuba Libre is at the corner of Ridgewood Plaza Rd.-Atlantic Blvd. is eastbound only at that point with no access from the westbound lanes. If you are coming from the east, you will want to map your route. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Cuba+Libre/@30.3054996,-81.6395948,17z/data=3m48m24d-81.6374008
  • commented 2016-11-07 11:23:43 -0500
    CELEBRATE AN HISTORIC EVENT WITH US ON ELECTION NIGHT AT 7:00PM

    Ponte Vedra Democrats Election Night Party

    Pub 17 – TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse
    110 Championship Way
    Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
    (904) 273-3235

    You must call 904-514-6830 to reserve a spot – we are limited to 75 people.
    We will have a big screen TV, cash bar, and delicious snacks as we watch the election results and celebrate together! Charlene will bring her “Hillary Swag” t-shirts, buttons, etc. for sale. The TPC main dining room has “Build-A’-Burger” night that evening, so you may want to make reservations with them for dinner, too! AND

    Duval County Democrats Election Night Party

    Cuba Libre at Havana Jax Restaurant
    2578 Atlantic Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207
    (904) 273-3235

    Cash Bar and $ 10 taco buffet. Please RSVP on the Calendar located from the drop down in upper left-hand corner of this page. Cuba Libre is at the corner of Ridgewood Plaza Rd.-Atlantic Blvd. is eastbound only at that point with no access from the westbound lanes. If you are coming from the east, you will want to map your route. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Cuba+Libre/@30.3054996,-81.6395948,17z/data=3m48m24d-81.6374008
  • commented 2016-11-06 15:24:37 -0500
    Mark Macco, thank you for your concern. I was a Poll Watcher in 2012. Each candidate is allowed one poll watcher at each polling place. The link below describes our duties and what we can and cannot do. Ballots are recorded electronically when sent thru the ballot box, each ballot box has a “tape” (roll of paper which shows how many votes went to each candidate), and a back up, so the number of ballots fed into the machine, and the number of paper ballots have to match. At no time are the paper ballots in our hands, but we are there to watch the poll workers remove the ballots when the box is full, and lock them in the extra large impervious bags into which they are stored. So, if there are more ballots removed from the box than the totals from the machines, then it will be caught. There are many checks and balances in place, and just as many Democrats work at the SOE office, and as poll managers and poll workers, as Republicans. One other thing, no one, and I mean NO one, wants a repeat of 2000. The Duval SOE staff take great pride in its work. http://www.duvalelections.com/portals/duval/archive/GetDocument.aspx113.pdf
  • commented 2016-03-12 14:21:03 -0500
    Jacksonville For Hillary Get Out The Vote Phone Bank! Join us Saturday THRU Tuesday to help us make sure Duval County turns out to vote for Hillary! We will be making calls beginning at 10 am and going up until 9 pm, Saturday-Monday, and from 9 am until 6:30pm on Tuesday, Election Day. Stop in any time – we’ll train you up and provide all of the necessary materials. The Jacksonville For Hillary Regional Office is located at 4830 Atlantic Blvd, 32207
  • commented 2016-03-11 18:10:06 -0500
    !!! Jacksonville for Hillary Primary Election Night Party !!!
    Join us as we watch the results roll in on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 from 6:45-to 9:30pm at Cuba Libre, located next to Havana Jax Cafe at 2578 Atlantic Blvd, 32207. Join us as we celebrate all of your hard work for Hillary over the past few months! Please RSVP at hillaryclinton.com/events, or on the calendar here at duvaldems.org, and check back often for more Hillary events.
  • commented 2016-03-09 18:10:09 -0500 · Flag
    !!! TONIGHT !!! Wednesday, March 9 !!! 6:30-10:pm !!!
    Phone Bank for Hillary & Debate Watch Party! Please RSVP on the calendar here at duvaldems.org or at hillaryclinton.com and join us TONIGHT at our Jacksonville For Hillary Regional HQ to Phone Bank for Hillary, 6:30-8:00pm, and then watch the Democratic Debate with fellow supporters, from 8-10pm. This is the final debate before the Florida Primary voting ends on March 15, so we want to show HRC we’ve got her back! Please bring a snack and/or beverage to share, and of course, invite your friends and family…this is not a private event, and thanks in advance! Please RSVP, and keep checking hillaryclinton.com/events, and the calendar at duvaldems.org, for future events.
  • commented 2016-03-01 14:05:51 -0500 · Flag
    !!!! TONIGHT !!!! MARCH 1, 2016 !!!! 6:30pm – 8:30pm !!!! TONIGHT !!!!
    Super Tuesday Results Watch Party
    Jacksonville For Hillary Regional Office
    4830 Atlantic Blvd, Jacksonville, Florida 32207

    Come join fellow Hillary supporters to watch the results of Super Tuesday roll in at our Jacksonville campaign headquarters! Please bring a snack to share and a beverage of your choice. Feel free to bring a friend! Please RSVP at hillaryclinton.com/events
  • commented 2016-01-16 12:49:24 -0500
    When was the last time you came out to work for the Democratic cause? Find out how. Duval Dems will be having an open house on Saturday, January 30 at 9 am, Gateway Shopping Center HQ, 5000 Norwood Avenue suite 9, Jax, FL 32208.
  • commented 2015-11-25 20:38:14 -0500
    I echo Bobbie, Meredith the site is great!

    Thank You,

    Evelyn Coney
  • commented 2015-10-05 18:20:20 -0400 · Flag
    I am taking up the challenge of the Chair of the Florida Democratic Party, Allison Tant, to live on minimum wage for the next 5 days.
    I am doing this so that after living in the shoes of 45 percent of Floridians, I will be a better advocate for a fair and living wage. And to open my heart, my eyes and my mind for working families.
    My parents were the first in their families to go to college and were active in their respective unions as teachers, knowing how hard it was for their working class families. My grandfather and grandmother on my dad’s side were both union trade members, and my mom’s dad was a small business owner who worked 24/7 to make ends meet. Back to basics.
  • commented 2015-07-02 01:11:37 -0400 · Flag
    Hey there! Do you guys plan on mailing any campaign material for Bernie Sanders? Thanks. :)
  • commented 2015-04-11 09:27:02 -0400 · Flag
    Hi Duval Democrats,

    I forgot to mention in my last posting that the Poll Watcher recruitment drive is an activity lead by the Duval County Democratic Black Caucus in alliance with the DEC. With so many of us wearing so many “hats”, it’s hard to remember which group is leading what….sorry for any miscommunication my last posting may have caused. t’s Interesting however, that most of the Black Caucus members working the Poll Watcher initiative are also members of the DEC, Senior Caucus and DWIN! So, it’s all good. We’re all in the Democratic Party Family! Let’s win this thing in May – a Blue Victory for Duval Democrats!!!
  • commented 2015-04-10 20:53:52 -0400
    Dear Party Faithful:

    While we finalize our county-wide strategy for helping Democrats win in May Elections, we wanted to get a head start on one major need. We need the names and general data on members who would like to serve as Poll Watchers in Early Voting or on Election Day? We will have one/two training sessions for the volunteers.

    Our goal is to protect our voters against any form of voter intimidation, misinformation or any other circumstance that may occur at the Polls. We need to cover at least 18 sites during Early Voting (May 2 – May 17) and 199 on Election Day (May 19). Please volunteer. We need you!

    Our Districts, Democratic Clubs, Caucuses and Organizations are asked to provide data on 7-10 people. Please send the following data to Marcelle Bessman by April 18. The earlier we receive the names and data, the better. Groups may prefer to have their members reply directly. That works for us, too.

    Full name
    Voter Registration # OR DOB
    Home address
    Contact phone #

    Marcelle’s e-mail is Marcelle@duvaldemocrats.org.

    Phillip W. Miner
    Member DEC Communications Team