The Seminole County Democratic Executive Committee and the Orange County Democratic Disability Caucus will have a little more money for outreach after each being awarded grants from the Florida Democratic Party.
The Janet Reno Challenge Grant was designed by the Florida Democratic Party and their Chair Stephen Bittel, to provide medium and small size DEC’s and Caucuses a boost of funding for voter outreach.
The Seminole Democratic Party received $2,500 from the challenge. The SemDems will try to capitalize from Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy’s big win and a strong showing from Hillary Clinton last November in what has traditionally been a Republican strong hold. Except for Murphy’s seat, the GOP holds every other major elected office in the county.
The Disability Caucus in Orange County try to increase the party’s gains from last year to engage what they’ve identified as the largest voting bloc in the state. They received a $5000 grant.
“We’ll be educating Activists, Community Leaders and Elected Officials on how to be more inclusive with staffing and volunteer programs” said Caucus Chair Tiffany Namey “including how to reach out to members of their constituencies with disabilities.”
Under Bittel, the Democratic party has stepped up fundraising efforts to try to break a trend that has seen Democrats come up short in three of the last four election cycles, including the reelection of Governor Rick Scott in 2014 and the election of President Donald Trump last November.