Hazel Gillis, Candidate for State Committeewoman

Candidate Statement:

Dear Fellow Democrats:

I am honored to announce my candidacy for State Committeewoman for Duval County and I would be honored and thankful to have your vote.

I am able, willing and ready to represent you. I have the experience and dedication to serve you well and have demonstrated my abilities. I have the qualities necessary to be a state committeewoman to serve you in this capacity.

Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo has recently appointed me to the Florida Democratic Party Legislative Liaison Committee which demonstrates the confidence that the state party has in my abilities. I am honored.

I was appointed to the 2016 Democratic Party National Convention Credential Committee. I am a dedicated and hardworking woman for our party. I will represent you well.

Thank you again, for believing in me and I ask for your vote on May 21st.

Hazel Gillis
Candidate for State Committeewoman – Duval County


Hazel Gillis has over 40 years of experience dealing with the public through positions of increasing responsibilities for the federal government. Gillis’ background is in hiring, training and supervising personnel. She is familiar with EEO policies and procedures and graduated from Jones College as a Paralegal with a Bachelor of Science Degree, Summa Cum Laude.

She is heavily involved in the community and holds many hats in the Florida Democratic Party and Duval County DEC. State Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo recently appointed her to the State Legislative Liason Committee. She is currently serving as Recording Secretary for the Democratic Black Caucus of Florida, Vice-President, Duval County Democratic Black Caucus and serves as a Precinct Committeewoman in District 7. She is President of James Weldon Johnson Branch ASALH, and Recording Secretary for First Coast Tiger Bay Club, Inc. Hazel’s past experiences include President of Duval County Democratic Black Caucus for four years and 2016 President First Coast Tiger Bay Club, Inc.

Hazel has proven ability. Her fundraising efforts as Chair of the Jefferson Jackson Committee, in which she was able to raise a significant amount of money where DNC Chair was the keynote speaker. She also served during the two Enchanted Evenings Events and the Bluegrass Jamborees that many Democrats will remember. All events and outreach were very successful and well attended and the DEC greatly benefited through her leadership.

If we want to elect an organized, well respected, working person that has to put the work and time into this party, she’s the one. Her visibility, actions, involvement, and dedication to this party speak for its self. No other candidate can match what is needed for this party.” Hazel is known as “the unifier candidate”. She is part of Black Caucus, DWIN, Senior Caucus, Veterans Caucus and her arms reach ours throughout all of the clubs and caucuses.

Hazel has been connected to candidates both in Duval County and Statewide. She is leading the most engaged, active, and most needed caucus for Democrats to win, The Black Caucus. If you have ever been to any statewide functions you will know who is on the front line year after year. If you have ever been to Tallahassee or Washington DC you have seen Hazel fighting for democratic values. She will represent us well!