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2019 State Convention

State Convention is October 11-13, 2019 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

State Convention will bring together delegates from across our state for events & trainings geared toward reclaiming the White House in 2020. In early 2019, the Florida Democratic Party committed to register 200,000 voters and invest more than $4 million in local party infrastructure. The renewed effort includes meaningful outreach to rural voters, people of color and Democrats across the state. State Convention is the next step in our efforts to turn Florida blue and elect a Democrat to the Oval Office. Sign up to receive updates.

Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried and Senator Chris Coons of Delaware will be speaking at the Fighting for Florida Gala. Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey, incoming Chair of the Democratic Governors Association, will deliver the afternoon keynote kickoff at Saturday’s General Session along with Vice-Chair of the Democratic National Committee New York Assemblyman Michael Blake. Convention-goers will also hear from Charlie Rodríguez, chair of the Democratic Party of Puerto Rico, members of Florida's congressional delegation, and gun-rights activist Fred Guttenberg.

 

Convention Parking & Bus Transportation

Parking on-site at Coronado Springs Resort will be available on Friday, October 11th and Sunday, October 13th for State Convention guests. To maximize parking availability — and minimize fuel emissions! — please plan to carpool or use public transportation when available.

Saturday Bus Schedule
7:30 AM - 11:30 PM


With so many expected to join us Saturday, State Convention guests will be directed to Disney's Wide World of Sports (WWOS) for parking. Buses will be provided to transport guests from WWOS to Coronado Springs beginning at 7:30 AM. Please plan ahead and expect a 30-minute addition to board a bus and to arrive at the Coronado Springs Resort. Bus transportation will end at 11:30 PM Saturday evening.

Only Coronado Springs hotel guests will be able to park on-site on Saturday. As a reminder, some caucus meetings will take place as early as 8:15 AM on Saturday, and doors for General Session will open at 9:00 AM.

Depending on availability, Disney's Coronado Springs Resort provides wheelchairs and ECVs on a first-come, first-served basis. For ADA/accessibility information, please contact Disney's Disability Services at (407) 560-2547 or email [email protected].

 

Fighting for Florida Gala Dinner

The Fighting for Florida Gala Dinner will take place in conjunction with State Convention on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 7:00 PM. Join Democratic activists, candidates, elected officials, and donors at our gala dinner to celebrate our work and prepare for the road ahead to 2020! For questions regarding gala dinner tickets or table sponsorships, contact Devon Murphy-Anderson at [email protected].

First 50 Tickets – $170
Next 50 Tickets – $220
All Remaining Tickets – $270

 

Registration & Ticket Pick Up

Pre-registered Delegates: Upon arrival at the convention center, please first visit Registration in Coronado F-G to pick up your credentials.

Registration Times
Friday from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM


If you purchased a ticket to the Fighting for Florida Gala, you can also collect your ticket in Coronado F-G. Gala tickets will also be available for purchase on site.

Ticket Pick Up
Friday from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday from 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Democrats who are still interested in becoming a delegate can register here as well. Completed Delegate Filing Form and $45 fee required to register on site. All fields must be complete to register. The registration fee is $45. The fee for students is $25. Please note registration fees must be paid with check or credit card — no cash will be accepted. If you do not wish to complete the filing form, you can attend convention as a Non-Delegate. The fee to attend as a Non-Delegate is $75. Non-Delegate registration can be accessed here.

 

Weekend Schedule

State Convention weekend will be filled with informative trainings, exciting receptions, and important meetings — not to mention our Fighting for Florida Gala Dinner on Saturday evening! Use the tentative schedule below to begin planning your convention weekend. Trainings and caucus meetings will be added to the agenda as they are confirmed, so be sure to check back for updates.

 

Resolutions Committee

The Resolutions Committee will review proposed resolutions and send to the floor of the State Convention no more than 15 issue-based resolutions for consideration by the Convention delegates. There is no limit on the number of commemorative resolutions sent to the floor by the committee. The members of the committee are:

Co-Chair Casmore Shaw Osceola County Co-Chair Rep. Evan Jenne Broward County
Co-Chair Vivan Rodriguez Orange County Parliamentarian Judge Ira Raab Palm Beach County
Joyce Blake Marion County John Capece Glades County
Reverend Kevin Chambliss Miami-Dade County JB Clark Leon County
Karen Clay Hillsborough County Ken Evans Broward County
Karen Green Orange County Nuren Haider Orange County
Daniel Henry Duval County Samantha Herring Walton County
Rep. Amy Mercado Orange County Steve Simeonidis Miami-Dade County
Craig Smith Broward County Marcie Stefan Alachua County
Tracey Tapp Okaloosa County Cramer Verde Sarasota County

Please read the full Rules of Procedure for the Resolutions Committee. Proposed resolutions must be submitted by a registered delegate and be either issue-based or commemorative.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can be a delegate?

All delegates must be registered Democrats in the State of Florida. Any registered Democrat may run for a delegate position in the county where registered. All interested candidates are required to file with their County Chair by Friday, August 30, 2019 or to the state party by September 6. Please email [email protected] if you have questions about becoming a delegate.

Can I pay the registration fee online?

No. The registration fee must be mailed together with your filing form to the state party P.O. Box. Payments made onlnie cannot be counted toward delegate fees. Only Non-Delegate registration can be paid online.

I'm listed as an Automatic Delegate. Do I have to submit a filing form and fee?

All delegates — whether elected, appointed, or automatic — MUST complete the filing form and submit the non-refundable $45 registration fee. The registration fee for students is $25.

What hotel and lodging accommodations are available?

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort has sold out and our room block is no longer available for State Convention weekend. View a listing of nearby hotels to locate an alternative that suits your needs.

How do I register for State Convention?

You can register to attend State Convention in 2 ways: as a Delegate or Non-Delegate. Delegates are registered Florida Democrats who will be credentialed to be seated on the delegate floor during General Session and have voting privileges in the assembly.

Non-Delegates may attend trainings and meetings during Convention, but will not be provided seating on the Convention floor with registered delegations. Non-Delegate registration will be opened after September 6.

What is the on-site registration process at State Convention?

Registration will take place at State Convention to ensure all qualified delegates receive their credentials. Registered Non-Delegates should also attend registration to receive their credentials. Credentials should be worn throughout the weekend. Registration as a Delegate or Non-Delegate will be allowed on site for a limited time only. Please pre-register when possible.

Can I get a list of quick links of documents relating to State Convention?

   Read the State Convention Rules & Timeline
  Download and Complete the State Convention Delegate Filing Form
  Contact your County DEC Chair or State Caucus President
  View Tentative Convention Schedule

 

Important Dates

August 30 Delegate Filing Deadline via DEC or State Caucus Delegate filing forms available from County DEC Chairs, Vice Chairs, State Committeemen and State Committeewomen.
     
July 22 to
August 30
County DECs Hold Delegate Elections All votes will be tallied; registration fees and delegate filing forms collected at the time of the election.
     
September 13 Registration Fees and Delegate Filing Forms Due To be sent to Florida Democratic Party Headquarters postmarked by midnight on this date.
     
September 6 Deadline to Book Hotel Rooms Through FDP Room Block After this date we cannot guarantee availability or our special low rate
     
October 11 First Day of Convention Join us at the Coronado Springs Convention Center! Be sure to hit the registration room to pick up your delegate credentials!
     
October 12 Fighting for Florida Gala Dinner
See above to purchase your ticket to the Fighting for Florida Gala, planned for Saturday night of State Convention.