While the FDP has not provided a list of last Saturday's Caucus winners yet, I have heard from some of you and your County Leaders, hear that Congratulations is in order for most of you. I'm excited that so many LGBT Delegates will be joining me in Tampa, with real opportunities to be a Delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and I know you are too!
Also, for those of you who won the election on Saturday, I want you to know - that was the easy part of your road to Charlotte. On June 2nd and 3rd elected Delegates from around the state will meet at one of 5 hotels in downtown Tampa to elect Delegates to the DNC. Over 1200 FDP State Convention Delegates were elected on May 5th.
The Congressional District (CD) Caucuses will all be held on the morning of Saturday, June 2nd, where the District Level Delegates will be elected. Only the Delegates that were elected in your CD will be voting in this election. Please find attached the Distribution of Delegates by Congressional Districts.
Then on Sunday morning, June 3rd, there will be a meeting of the District Level (184 total), the Pledged Party Leader/Elected Officials (PLEO-31 total) and the Un-Pledged or Automatic Delegates. This gathering will be to elect the At-Large (61) and Alternate Delegate (23), along with the Standing Committee Members. Florida is allocated nine (9) members on each of the three standing committees (Credentials, Platform and Rules), for a total of twenty-seven (27) members.
There are also Affirmative Action Goals that must be achieved and these goals are very important to the Democratic National Committee and the Obama Campaign. It is important that the Florida Delegation look like our state and meeting these goals is the way this will happen. I am attaching the 2012 Delegate Selection Plan and suggest that you refer to Page 24 for the details of the Affirmative Action Goals.
It is very important that each of you are designated at a LGBT American, as the AA Goals for LGBT Americans is 12% of our entire delegation, or 36 Delegates and 3 Alternates. If you happen to fit into another catagory, such as African American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian/Pacific, Disabled, Youth (18-34), Vererans or from a Small County, that is all the better. Now considering all this, my advice to you…. if you really want to go to Charlotte, you need to have a strategy. Treat this like a campaign - review the list of voters (those in your CD and the entire State Convention Delegate list when it's available), contact them and develop allies. Let your OFA Organizers know that you are running for a DNC Delegate position. The Friday evening before the Convention there will be many opportunities to meet and greet other Delegates, along with all day on Saturday. We are planning a GLBT event of some kind so we can all get to know each other, so stay tuned for that. And I might add a thank you to those of you who have now become members of our GLBT Caucus.
So, in closing, I again want to remind you that if you wish to run for District-level Delegate positions to the DNC; you must fill out and submit an application form (attached). The form must be received by the FDP by 5:00 PM, Thursday, May 10.
I look forward to seeing you all in Tampa!
I wish you the best of luck!
And don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns or if I can assist you in any way.
Sally L. Phillips, President
Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus - www.floridaglbtdemocrats.org
Cell - 813-382-8172