NEWS FROM THE FLORIDA DEMOCRATIC PARTY
For Immediate Release: July 8, 2010
DGA Chairman & DE Governor Jack Markell to Deliver Keynote Address at 2010 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner
Democratic Governors Association Chairman and Delaware Governor Jack Markell will deliver the keynote address to the Florida Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner on July 17th in Hollywood, Florida.
“This fall Floridians are going to elect new leaders to end business-as-usual in the Sunshine State and get Florida back on track,” said Governor Markell. “I am honored to join Florida’s next Governor, Alex Sink, and the Florida Democratic Party at their 2010 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.”
“We are thrilled that DGA Chairman and Governor Jack Markell will be joining us at our 2010 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. As Delaware’s Treasurer, Governor Markell cut wasteful spending and worked to streamline his state’s government. Now, as Governor he continues using his business experience to fight for what is right for his state,” said Florida Democratic Party Chair Karen Thurman. “Governor Markell’s leadership shows why it is vital to elect strong Democratic leaders like Alex Sink in Florida to build a stronger future for our state.”
Governor Jack Markell has been recognized in Delaware and across the country as a leader in promoting policies to help all people achieve their economic potential. Governor Markell took office with the state facing a steep economic downturn and historic budget shortfalls. In the first year of his freshman gubernatorial term, he balanced the budget without laying off employees, boosted educational initiatives and increased environmental protections.
Governor Markell began his career in the private sector, helping lead the wireless technology revolution as the 13th employee at Nextel (a name he coined), where he served as Senior Vice President for Corporate Development. Governor Markell left the private sector ten years ago to pursue his passion for public service. He was elected State Treasurer in 1998, a position he held for three consecutive terms. He won his last re-election in November of 2006 with an overwhelming 70 percent of the vote before being elected Governor in November of 2008.
As DGA Chairman, Governor Markell knows the DGA faces the election of a generation, including a priority Governor’s race in Florida. Thirty-nine governors’ races are on the ballot, with many of those governors overseeing the critical redistricting process that will draw the lines for Congress and legislative races for the next decade.
Tickets for the event can be purchased at www.fladems.com/jj or by calling 850-222-3411.