JACKSONVILLE, FL – On the same day that the single-day highest number of COVID-19 cases were reported in Florida, the Republican National Committee announced a major part of the National Convention will head to Jacksonville.
According to the Florida Department of Health, the state is now on an upswing of Corona-Virus cases with nearly 70,000 total cases being reported.
Both Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and Governor Ron DeSantis had been publicly wooing the convention to the city.
“This is decision is reckless and irresponsible”, said Duval County Democratic Party Chair, Daniel Henry. “The Center for Disease Control has consistently warned people against large gatherings. Yet our local political leadership chose to put partisanship over citizenship and their sworn duty to keep this city safe.
Henry and local party leaders have met several times over the past few days. The group unanimously opposed the decision to bring the convention to Jacksonville.
“Now more than ever we will continue our efforts to mobilize voters in Jacksonville to make sure that Democrats are empowered, energized, and ready to go to the polls,” said Henry.
The Republican National Committee decided to move its convention from Charlotte, North Carolina because of President Trump’s insistence on a full convention, with no face masks or social distancing. To-date, Mayor Curry remains silent on whether he has acquiesced to the same demands.
The Democratic Executive Committee is the governing body of the Democratic Party in Duval County. The committee works daily to build a strong and sustainable Democratic Party in Jacksonville. With more than 250,000 registered Democrats in the county, the DEC is responsible for handling local Florida Democratic Party affairs.