Val Demings, Charlie Crist and Nikki Fried to speak at Democratic club’s campaign kick off

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Expect Democratic campaigning in Florida to ramp up.

Some of the biggest names in Florida Democratic politics will gather Saturday as the Democratic Club of North Florida (DCNF) holds an official campaign kickoff event in Tallahassee.

Featured speakers will be candidates for the state’s biggest races, including Senate candidates U.S. Rep. Val Demings and Miami City Commissioner Ken Russell, and gubernatorial candidates U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried.

Also speaking will be Tallahassee Rep. Allison Tant and other local Democratic incumbents, party leaders, and those seeking office across the Big Bend region.

Judy Mount, vice-chair of the Florida Democratic Party, and Teresa Wells, DCNF President, will emcee the event.

Starting at 9 a.m., 500 guests are expected to gather for breakfast at The Retreat at Bradley’s Pond. An invitation for the event bills the breakfast as being “outside in the shade.”

A news release states the event had reached its capacity and the start time had been moved up “to allow for additional COVID safety precautions.” The previous start time for the event, which runs till noon, was 10 a.m.

A Facebook post reminded attendees to wear “a good mask,” bring yard chairs, and “a lot of enthusiasm.”

A single ticket to the event, called #FlipFloridaBlue, cost $20, and a book of 10 tickets was available for $200.

DCNF’s charter includes 11 counties in the Big Bend region of the state: Leon, Gadsden, Jefferson, Wakulla, Liberty, Calhoun, Taylor, Gulf, Franklin, Jackson, and Madison.

Democratic Executive Committees and Democratic Women’s Clubs from other counties are expected to attend along with Democratic leaders across Florida’s Western Panhandle, an FSU student Progressive group, and the local arm of a “platform-aligned” organization.

In conjunction with the event, the Florida Democratic Party will launch its first Day of Action. In past election cycles, Day of Action events have included canvassing and registering people to vote.

Haley Brown

Haley Brown covers state government for Previously, Haley covered the West Virginia Legislature and anchored weekend newscasts for WVVA in Bluefield, W.Va. Haley is a Florida native and a graduate of the University of Florida. You can reach her at [email protected]


  • Vanessa Gill

    July 30, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    #FlipFloridaBlue hahahahahahahha!!! At this point the Demorats are on a raft that is slowing sinking fast!!!

  • Ed

    July 31, 2021 at 8:03 am

    Ha! Ha! So the Three Stooges are going on tour. Let’s see them defend the Southern Border chaos, defunding the police, riots and mayhem in the big cities, and inflation. Can’t blame Trump but of course they will try.

  • Evan Miller

    July 31, 2021 at 8:27 am

    Larry, Curley, and Moe.

    • Tjb

      August 2, 2021 at 10:56 am

      Are we talking about Marjorie Taylor Green, Matt Gaetz, and Madison Cawthorn? The best and brightest in the new Republican Party.

  • Tom

    July 31, 2021 at 10:08 am

    Bringing back the phone booth. LMAO

  • Tom

    July 31, 2021 at 10:08 am

    Bringing back the phone booth. LMAO

  • Domino

    August 1, 2021 at 12:06 am

    Nikki should be working on her 2020 Form 6 financial disclosure.

    • Tjb

      August 2, 2021 at 10:51 am

      Where is Trump tax returns that he promise back in 2015?

  • martin

    August 2, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    Val should be too busy tracking down her stolen service weapon. Val “someone stole my gun Demmings”.

  • Matthew Lusk

    August 2, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    Charlie Crist needs to be bitch-slapped.

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