Letter from the Chair – August 29, 2022

I must start with an apology regarding our “watch party” at Sally O’Brien’s. The owner and I obviously had a failure to communicate. We must both share the blame. Please forgive me.

Moving on to the good news . We had some big wins, up and down the state. Now we know who the candidates for State and Federal level offices are and we need to support them! Check out our website for more info on these candidates and how you can help them by clicking here.

Here are a few interesting statistics that Phil has put together, now that we have the final numbers from the Supervisor of Elections.

Out of the 67 counties in the state of Florida, Monroe County was #4 in Voter turnout (percentage of Our voters) at 45.19%! (still abysmal in my opinion, but the highest county was Sumter with 49.9%)

We were #2 in terms of how much we outvoted the GOP – 7.25%!!!

And another one just for fun, a comparison of how well we turned out our voters compared to past mid-term primaries:

  • 2014 – 33.6%
  • 2018 – 43.6%
  • 2022 – 45.2%

Huge Kudos to Phil, our Vice chair for his analysis and diligence, Dad jokes on social media and assistance to Democrats across the state regarding voter research and messaging.

Again, this is a TEAM effort. From our Precinct Leaders and their teams of volunteers who texted, knocked doors and addressed postcards, to our Executive Committee members who are always on Duty, recruiting more volunteers, helping with Fundraising, and registering Voters! We are on a mission to elect good people who will work for their constituents!

I am grateful for every one of them!

I would be remiss if I did not mention our Digital Marketing Team, Duval St. Media. They are experienced, creative, and fun to work with. I am constantly learning from them! Thank you, Chris, Jamie, and Jasmine. Get ready for round 2!

If you can help support our Digital efforts going into the General Election, please click on this link: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/2022digital

We think we can win a few more. With your help, we are sure of it!

Speaking of fundraising, we have scheduled a relaxing event at The Gardens Hotel, 526 Angela St. in Key West from 5-7pm on Sunday afternoon, September 11. Cool Jazz with Larry Baeder, Teri White & friends. A $50 donation gets you 2 blue drinks, lite munchies and 5 door prize tickets. There will be candidates to mingle and chat with while you enjoy the beautiful gardens surrounding the pool. RSVP & get tickets at: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/keysdemsgetjazzy

Government Meetings This Week

Tuesday, August 30 – The Monroe County School Board will meet at 4:30pm in the Media Center at Coral Shores High School, 89901 Old Hwy, Tavernier, Fl. For details and agenda, click here.

As we all recover from the frenzy of the beginning round of this Election cycle, remember, this coming weekend is Labor Day Weekend. So, traffic, tourists, and Tropical Storms? Maybe, keep your eyes on the weather as things appear to be heating up.

Be safe and stay well! We need you.

One more thing. Several people reported not getting their absentee ballots. Please remember you must sign up every election year. The Supervisor of Elections will send you a card to remind you to sign up. NEVER throw away any mail from the Supervisor of Elections. She wants you to vote!

Thanks again for voting and supporting the Keys Dems!!!

Bert Sise/Chair