In the race to become the next Florida Democratic Party chair, a position left vacant by ousted Stephen Bittel, Palm Beach County Democratic Chair Terrie Rizzo is already hoarding endorsements.
In her two-day grassroots bid to be the next state party leader, Rizzo announced Wednesday over 20 endorsements, which she says account for more than 40 percent of the vote necessary to secure the chairmanship.
Here are the names of those who have endorsed her:
- Martin County State Committeewoman, Cristina De La Vega
- Clay County State Committeeman, Bobby Poole
- Hillsborough County State Committeeman, Russ Patterson
- Hillsborough County DEC Chair, Ione Townsend
- Student Caucus, Justin Atkins
- Orange County State Committeeman, Doug Head
- Osceola County State Committeeman, Casmore Shaw
- Palm Beach County State Committeewoman, Deidre Newton
- Palm Beach County State Committeeman, John Ramos
- Pasco County State Committeeman, John Ford
- Polk County DEC Chair, Shawn Kinsey
- Charlotte County State Committeewoman, Lucy Garner
- Charlotte County State Committeeman, Tom Garner
- Collier County Chair, Yudy Barbera
- Marion County State Committeewoman, Joyce Blake
- Marion County State Committeeman, Marc Bruzdziak
- Escambia County State Committeeman, Keith Hardy
- Escambia County State Committeewoman, Dianne Krumel
- Martin County State Committeeman, David Dew
- Disability Caucus Chair, Bill Rettinger
- Jewish Caucus Chair, Mark Winer
- Small County Coalition Chair, Wendy Williams
The hasty election comes after Bittel resigned following reports that he was demeaning toward women in the workplace, and systematically talked about sex with female staffers. Before the former leader officially stepped down from his post, a date for the election of his successor was scheduled for Dec. 9.
So far, Rizzo and Hillsborough County State Committeewoman Alma Gonzalez are in the race. Monica Russo is rumored to jump in the race.