On Thursday night, Democrats from all over Central Florida were in Winter Park for the 2nd Annual Grassroots Awards Celebration, which honored grassroots leaders for their achievements help to advance the Democratic Party with their efforts here in Orange County.
The Grassroots Activist Honorees included Margo and Jack Dixon, Anna Eskamani, Desmond Meade, Ingrid Morfa, Zoraida Rios-Andino, Vivian Rodriguez, and Orange County Soil and Water Conservation Chair Eric Rollings, all who recieved awards named after great activists who’s efforts paved the way for their own work.
The Keynote Speaker for the event was Florida Democratic Party President Sally Boynton Brown, who commended the Orange County Democratic Executive Committee for their efforts and pushed them to move forward into the 2018 mid-terms. Florida Democratic Party Chair Stephen Bittel was also on hand also took the opportunity to meet with the membership.
Other elected officials in attendance included House District 49 State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith and Orange County Comptroller Phil Diamond.
Unlike many of their fellow county parties around the state, Orange County had a strong 2018 election cycle, sweeping the Congressional races and picking up a seat on the State Senate and Orange County Commission, in addition to going blue in the race for the White House.
“Grassroots is where it’s at and I’m a firm believer in acknowledging the people that make it happen on the ground for us.” said Orange County Democratic Executive Committee Chair Wes Hodge “These are the Rockstars of the Democratic Party and how we win elections. To take a night to recognize their efforts is exactly what we need to be doing.”