The Florida Democratic Party makes a bold statement that they will be maintaining a permanent presence in Tallahassee with the purchase of a new office space.
On August 9, the Florida Democratic Party announced the purchase of new office space for the party in Tallahassee. The space is situated in the heart of downtown Tallahassee in the Historic Exchange Bank Building, which is just blocks away from the Capitol.
Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party stated how the building will be a focal point for Democratic leaders in Florida:
“This is a bold new day for the Florida Democratic Party. With our outright purchase of an FDP office in Tallahassee we will have a permanent home that will serve as a hub for our current and upcoming Democratic leaders and a place where future generations of Florida Democrats can come together to grow our party and celebrate the values that unite us.”
While the party has maintained an office in Tallahassee for years, past locations were rented space. With the purchase of a building, the party will reduce overhead costs and solidify the party having a long term presence in the state capitol.
“Chair Rizzo is showing her commitment to building the Florida Democratic Party for the future and all of the Democratic legislative Leaders to come,” said House Democratic Leader Designate Evan Jenne, “This investment by the Florida Democratic Party is an economically sound decision and shows we are working to continue to build our party and grow our power.”
In addition to the hiring of nearly 100 organizers this past June, a multi-million dollar investment in voter registration, and $2 million in outreach in communities of color, the new office is more evidence that the Florida Democratic Party is making strategic investments for 2020 and beyond.
The new office was purchased outright by the Florida Democratic Party as a cash sale and is indicative of their commitment to sound fiscal management and their use of resources to expand influence in the state. By owning vs. renting the Party expects to save more than $60,000 per year.