The Florida Democratic Party’s Take Back Florida Tour made seven stops across the west coast of the state last week. Due to potential effects from Hurricane Idalia, the final tour stops have been temporarily postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.
On Wednesday morning, grassroots organizers joined Small County Coalition Chair Stacey Peters in a Gilchrist County community center to kick off week four of the party’s statewide tour. After making a quick stop in Levy County, Chair Fried addressed over 100 fired-up Democrats in Hernando County.
Ahead of the RNC presidential debate on Wednesday night, Florida Democrats — including House Minority Leader Fentrice Driskell — rallied in Pinellas County. While Ron DeSantis threatened to remove prosecutors nationwide if elected President, unconstitutionally suspended State Attorney Andrew Warren addressed the packed house of volunteers and voters.
The following day, Chair Fried addressed the media in Tampa — declaring Ron the biggest loser of the debate night — before visiting Fort Myers for a town hall meeting with local leaders about continued recovery from Hurricane Ian.
On Friday, local leaders organized a community roundtable discussion with Black, Hispanic, and Asian voters in North Miami. “This is not about color, it’s about culture,” said Dr. Flore Lindor-Latortue, President of the Democratic Haitian American Caucus of Florida, who coordinated the effort to engage the coalition.
The final tour stop of the week was in Broward County, where school board members are under attack. Speaking with her child in her arms, School Board Member Sarah Leonardi reminded Democrats who we fight for.
Photos from Week 4 of the tour are available here.