Local Teamsters Back Modarres in 10th Congressional Democratic Primary

Three Democrats are currently running in the primary for Florida’s 10th Congressional District, who hope to challenge GOP incumbent Daniel Webster this November. One of them earned a key endorsement this afternoon.

Attorney Shayan Modarres announced this afternoon, an endorsement from the Men and Women of Teamsters Union Local No. 385. In their write-up, they had this to say about their Endorsee

“Shayan is a staunch advocate of hard-working families, and is the most qualified candidate in the 10th Congressional District. Given his proven track record as a civil rights attorney and an activist, Shayan is uniquely qualified to serve as a United States Representative”

Modarres thanked his newest group of supporters, saying

“It is truly an honor to receive the endorsement of Teamsters Local 385 today. These men and women work hard every day to move this District forward. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to fight for good jobs, better wages and rights for these dedicated workers in Washington”

The other Democrats running include Navy Vet Michael Mckenna and former Eustis Commissioner Bill Ferree. The 10th Congressional District consists of parts of Orange and Lake Counties.

You can read the entire letter below.

Teamsters for Modarres

Seefeldt to hold Fundraiser at the End of April for House 31 Contest

Businesswoman Terri Seefeldt is currently in one of the most highly competitive GOP House primaries in the state, as herself and 4 other challengers run to replace termed out incumbent Bryan Nelson in Florida House 31.

At the end of this month, she’ll be trying to fill the warchest in preparation for her push to earn the nomination, in the talent heavy contest.

Her campaign put out this fundraiser invite earlier this week.

Seefeldt fundraiser

She’ll need every penny. Her main competitors include Health Clinic Executive, Dr. Randy Glisson who has already raised 112K and Youth Development Leader Jennifer Sullivan, who’s large Grassroots following allowed her to qualify by petition in just a couple of days. Both of them have also done well during forums, and have the “Conservative Cred” to take to the voters. Also in the 5 way primary are Former Teacher Union Rep B. Grassel and Joseph Stephens. The lone Democrat is Jake Seymour in the red district.

It’s been Seefeldt however, that has been the news maker recently. She’s made big media buys like Billboards and Radio ads, and recently announced an endorsement from State Rep. David Santiago to join the nod from incumbent, Nelson (that story HERE).

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New Crist email says he’s never met a Scott Saturday Canvasser

Former Republican Governor, turned Democratic Candidate for the same office Charlie Crist, sent out an email this morning titled “I haven’t met one, either…”. In this message Crist says he’s never met anyone that would spend a Saturday afternoon knocking on doors, for his predecessor and likely November Challenger Rick Scott.

The fundraising email says the following.

Have you ever met someone willing to spend a Saturday knocking on a few doors for Rick Scott?

I haven’t, either.

That’s why I’m investing a whole lot in our organizing program. The energy is out there — I see it everywhere I travel. We’ve got the right vision for Florida, and we’re going to talk to as many voters as we can to make sure everyone knows it.

Help build the biggest grassroots campaign a statewide race has ever seen.

The Republican Party of Florida has had grassroots operations in place (especially here in Orlando) for sometime now, knocking on doors for Scott’s reelection push. I would expect some kind of photo opp from them in the future, in response to this message. This campaign has gotten very personal, very early, between the state party and one of their former leaders.

Florida’s Intense Gubernatorial Contest will be one of the nations most watched races, with all of the story lines involved. Crist’s party switch and his favorable opinion of Obamacare. Scott’s wealth and struggle with approval numbers. It’s a tug of war that will have every Florida Politico involved.


Orange Democrats Spring Reception to feature Dyer, and State of Party Address by County Chairman

The Orange County Democratic Party, has announced that their Spring Reception will take place next month on May 17th at the Sanctuary, in Downtown Orlando.

The Program features Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, and the County Chair Carlos Smith. Other elected officials listed on the Host Committee include Congressman Alan Grayson, Orange County Tax Collector Scott Randolph, Orange County Commissioner Tiffany Moore-Russell, and Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings.

Other notable attendees include Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Allison Tant and former Orlando Police Chief and Current Candidate for Orange County Mayor Val Demings.

Smith will be giving the State of the Party Address at the reception. Look for local Democrats to springboard from this event into the election cycle, where they’ll try to protect their gains from 2012, while trying to win seats on the County Commission and the Mayor race. They will also have to do their part for likely Gubernatorial Democratic Nominee, former Republican Governor Charlie Crist, as he takes on his predecessor Rick Scott in what will be one of the most highly watched races in the country.

You can read the flyer below.

orange county dems spring reception

Video: Teresa Jacobs Gives Opening Remarks at Hispanic Business and Consumer Expo

Last week, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs gave the opening remarks at the Hispanic Business and Consumer Expo. With the importance of the Latino vote this election cycle, and the environment of growth for Hispanic Businesses this expo provides, it’s worth a watch.

Plus, she’s speaking Spanish for about half of the remarks.

Have a watch