The Florida Democratic Party believes that all people have the right to be heard and to participate in the system. The FDP has developed statewide Caucuses where people of like minds and beliefs can join together to organize their communities within the Democratic Party. A caucus is an organization that has chartered with the State Democratic Party to operate as an official branch, and to recruit and operate county-level organizations. Caucuses are different from clubs because clubs are governed by local county DECs and do not have statewide relationships.
Florida Democratic Black Caucus
The Democratic Black Caucus was established in 1983, to unite and increase the political power for Black Democrats who went unnoticed. The Caucus is an integral part of the Florida Democratic Party's infrastructure, which unites talent with opportunity to facilitate voter building through educational forums effecting voter registration drives (EVRD), get out the vote (GOTV), voter action network (VAN), vote by mail (VBM), and support qualified candidates approved by the Black Caucus.
Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida
The Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida’s mission is to stimulate a participating interest in public affairs that will foster better and more representative government for Hispanics; increase the political power and influence of Hispanics Democrats within the Florida Democratic Party; unite the Hispanic Democrats in the State of Florida; promote principles of the Democratic party at all levels; encourage qualified Hispanic citizens to become candidates for public office and support applicable campaign efforts to elect all Democratic party nominees; support and solicit for legislation and government action on a national, state, county and local level which reflects the best interest of the Hispanic community; provide on-going support to the Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida herein rreferred to as DHCF. Organizational meetings and PowerPoint presentations are available for counties interested in forming local chapters. The President of the Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida, Noemi McGregor, can be reached at 561-414-8752 or by email at [email protected]. The Vice President, Oziel Zapien, can be reached at [email protected]. You can also find out and follow our events and meetings at the Facebook page.
Democratic Women’s Club of Florida
While DWCF is not a chartered caucus under FDP, DWCF is recognized as the women's "caucus" of the Florida Democratic Party because of DWCF's full membership in the National Federation of Democratic Women since the early 1980's. NFDW has three seats on the Democratic National Committee. The DWCF was formed to bring together all Democratic Women’s Clubs in Florida to provide a forum for discussion of public matters, to provide organized support to qualified candidates for public office, and to encourage qualified Democratic women to seek elected office. The DWCF Campaign Resource Committee provides access to information vital to those seeking office. The DWCF Political Committee helps fund candidates endorsed by DWCF, Inc. The DWCF Legislative Committee serves as the hub of activities during the Legislative Session as members monitor and lobby for or against legislation that has a dramatic impact on the lives of Floridians. As a part of DWCF's legislative activism, DWCF holds an annual "Tally Days", when members gather in force to advocate to legislators in Florida's state capitol. DWCF holds annual conventions, educational Town Hall teleconferences, and many other statewide and local club activities for DWCF members. To join one of our many active clubs throughout the state or to help start a local club in you area, contact President Patty Farley, at [email protected] or 321-773-2949.
Florida Young Democrats
As an extension of the Florida Democratic Party, this organization is dedicated to supporting young Democrats. The Florida Young Democrats believe that the future of our party depends upon actively building political, social, and business connections between Democrats aged 40 years and younger. We further believe in tolerance, inclusion, and active participation in local, regional, and state government.
Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus
A voice that seeks to instill awareness of the freedoms of a democratic society, educate future leaders, support the community at large, and maintain an ongoing rapport and increasing viability with political entities. Further, it shall be the mission of this organization to foster good will between lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members of the Democratic Party, their allies, and the community at large. We seek individual freedom in the framework of a just society and political freedom in the framework of meaningful participation by all citizens. The Caucus has chapters throughout the state of Florida, and the President of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus is Stephen Gaskill, who can be reached at [email protected].
Florida Democratic Caribbean Caucus
The Democratic Caribbean Caucus of Florida’s mission is to generate a significant increase of political support for the Democratic Caribbean Community for its four basic and main issues: Immigration, Economic Development, Education, and equivalent political support for Caribbean candidates. We will achieve our mission through organizing Democratic Caribbeans and increasing participation in the Florida Democratic Party. We will increase Caribbean support through our achievement of our objectives. Our State President is Rep. Hazelle Rogers, who can be reached by email at [email protected].
Florida Democratic Disability Caucus
The Florida Democratic Disability Caucus provides a voice for individuals with disabilities throughout the state and within the Florida Democratic Party structure. In addition, the Democratic Disability Caucus organizes individuals with disabilities and our allies within the Florida Democratic Party to ensure that all activities and venues are accessible and to educate the Democrats about the issues impacting individuals with disabilities. Visit our Facebook Page or contact our President Karen M. Clay at [email protected] or (813) 784-0899.
Small County Coalition
The Small County Coalition represents the rural counties of Florida, which is more than half of Florida's 67 counties. Although none of these counties has a Democratic voter registration over 40,000, the Coalition makes up a large Democratic voting bloc in Florida. The President of the Small County Coalition of Florida is Mary Higgins. She can reached by email at [email protected].
Florida College Democrats
The Florida College Democrats is a student run organization that focuses on the democratic development of students on college campuses across the state of Florida. This group has chapters at many major universities across Florida including UCF, UF, UM, FIU, FSU, and more. It's main purpose is to educate students on the importance of the political process, train students to be politically active, and get democrats elected. For more information about the FCD you can check out their website http://flcollegedems.org.
Democratic Labor Caucus of Florida
The purpose of DLCF is to stimulate active interest in political and governmental affairs relating to organized labor and the labor movement in Florida; to strengthen and further the ideals and principles of the Democratic Party; to promote participation among Democrats; to support and elect the duly selected nominees of the Democratic Party in national, state, and local campaigns; and to foster good fellowship among Democratic union members. It is our mission to increase participation of union members, their family and friends of Labor in all levels of the Democratic process.
Democratic Veterans Caucus of Florida
The Democratic Veterans Caucus of Florida (DVCF) was formed to advocate for the special concerns of Veterans and their families through the political process. The mission of the organization is to promote the election of Democratic Veterans or Veteran advocates and encourage the participation of Democratic Veterans in the election process at all levels, from voter to elected official. For additional information, please visit our website demvetsfl.org or contact Phil Giorno, President, at [email protected] or (386) 717-3979.
Democratic Business Caucus of Florida
The Democratic Business Caucus of Florida was created during the summer of 2011 in order to build business relationships, share information and promote green businesses to better support Democratic candidates and issues. Manatee County became its first local chapter in October and other chapters are being formed in Sarasota and Palm Beach. The caucus features networking meetings, speakers, Democratically-owned business telephone directories as well as Democratic business flyers and organizational PowerPoint presentations for counties interested in forming local chapters.
Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida (DECF)
DECF supports Florida lawmakers, candidates, legislation and businesses that preserve, protect and enhance Florida’s natural resources. The Caucus will help elect to public office environmentally literate Democratic candidates who endorse suitable action on environmentally critical issues. Visit their website at http://environmentalcaucus.com/, send them an email at [email protected], connect with them on Twitter @DECFL and join them on Facebook here.
Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida (DPCF)
The Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida promotes progressive values by elevating and empowering champions of those values in our communities, our elections, our government, and our Democratic Party. For more information, please visit our website at progressivefl.org, visit our Facebook Page, follow @ProgressiveFL, or contact the DPCF President, Michael Calderin, at [email protected].
Democratic Haitian American Caucus of Florida
Chartered in July 2010, the Democratic Haitian American Caucus of Florida (DHACF) seeks to educate voters about the importance of participating in local and national elections. The mission of the Caucus is to: a) help elect great Democrats, including those of Haitian descent, b) promote Comprehensive Immigration Reform, and c)support international efforts to rebuild Haiti. Our Officers meet bi-monthly and our General Membership Events are held quarterly. In addition, the Caucus organizes a series of annual events designed to increase its membership while promoting the rich culture of the Haitian people. You may contact us by e-mailing [email protected].
Florida Democratic Caucus of American Jews
The Caucus of American Jews serves as a clearinghouse for all issues related to Jews and Judaism within the Florida Democratic Party. It acts as a listening post for political issues and views coming from Florida’s Jewish institutions and Jewish leaders. The Caucus of American Jews assists the Florida Democratic Party in developing strategies for articulating core Democratic values within Jewish institutions and to Jewish leaders.
The American Muslim Democratic Caucus
The American Muslim Democratic Caucus (AMDC) was established to unite and provide representation for the very diverse American Muslim community within the Florida Democratic Party structure. The Caucus promotes the welfare of all American Muslims through effective legislation and by inspiring the uniquely diverse community to fully participate as Democrats at all levels of public service and policy making. AMDC‘s mission is to Educate, Engage, and Empower the American Muslim Community in Florida; to stimulate a participating interest in public affairs that will foster better and more representative government for all Americans; promote principles of the Democratic party at all levels; encourage qualified American Muslim Democrats to become candidates for public office; support applicable Democratic candidates and increase the number of registered and active American Muslim Democratic voters in Florida; advocate for legislation and government action on a national, state, county and local level which reflects the best interest of the all Americans. The President of the American Muslim Democratic Caucus of Florida, Junaid Akther, can be reached by email at [email protected]. You can also find us at www.amdcfl.org and follow our events and meetings at the Facebook page.
South Asian-American Democratic Caucus
South Asian-American Democratic Caucus (SAADC) is a national organization that represents and advocates for the diverse interests of South Asian and South East Asian communities in the United States. Towards that end, SAADC, which means road in Hindi, is deeply invested in creating a pathway towards political engagement and leadership within the South Asian and South East Asian communities through multiple strategies of outreach, education and cooperation at the local and national levels. SAADC’s strategies include community outreach and education, voter registration and citizenship drives, as well building alliances with organizations with similar goals. Caucus objectives:
- To encourage South Asian and South East Asian communities to participate in electoral and
- To increase awareness about immigrant rights and facilitate immigrant integration into
mainstream American society with protection afforded to all lawful residents.
- To increase awareness about civil rights restoration for those who have paid their debts to
- To prevent rollback on established women’s rights while advocating for equal rights across
the board, especially within South Asian and South East Asian immigrant communities.
- To advocate for and support continued environmental protection and water conservation.
- To push for access to high-quality healthcare at a reasonable cost for all
- To support access to high-quality education for all communities, irrespective of their socio-
- To lobby for an equitable tax structure that ensures fairness
Florida Democratic Senior Caucus
The Florida Democratic Senior Caucus (FDSC) which was established for seniors throughout the state, and at all levels, to voice their concerns in all matters affecting seniors. The FDSC was chartered 2013 by the Florida Democratic Party to operate as an official branch of the party. Its mission is to stimulate seniors, and others, to participate at all levels where issues affecting seniors should be addressed fully. The FDSC exists to assist county caucuses in organizing to better represent the needs and concerns of seniors on the county level. The application of each local Senior Caucus is received and reviewed by the State Senior Caucus, forwarded to the Party Chair for the recommendation to the Committee on Clubs, Organizations, and Caucuses for review to grant, and voted on by the State Central Committee.
For more information about the FDSC, please contact Yolanda Russell, Caucus President at [email protected] or call/text (863) 225-4378.
The Democratic Public Education Caucus of Florida (DPECF)
Our education caucus is committed to invest in Florida’s public schools, colleges, and universities, because education is the bridge that will lead millions into the middle class. And strengthening education doesn’t stop with better schools for our children. We stand committed to improving worker retraining and STEM education. Whether you are 15 or 50, you deserve a chance to succeed in the modern economy.
Our six goals align with the Florida Education Association:
1. Ensure adequate funding. (Florida ranks 44th in the nation in per pupil spending)
2. Let teachers teach. They should have authority to select the best methods and pacing to meet their students’ needs.
3. Reduce time spent testing. High stakes testing and district monitoring cheats our students out of valuable instructional time.
4. Restore class size amendment. The state has chipped away and provided loopholes to districts, despite parental support of smaller classes.
5. Assure a living wage for education staff professionals. Increase the base student allocation to pre-2008 levels. ($743 per student)
6. Keep teachers in Florida. Focus on student learning. Allow more time for teaching, not repetitive paperwork and documentation. Reduce high stakes testing. Provide competitive salaries. Support early career teachers and retain the effective ones. Create avenues for advancement and recognize success.