With 129 days until the midterm elections, over 13-hundred Democrats gathered for the Florida Democratic Party’s sold-out Leadership Blue Gala Saturday evening. Democrats heard from all five of the Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, U.S. House Assistant Leader Jim Clyburn, and keynote speaker, Chair of the Democratic Governors Association, Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
“In 2018 the stakes couldn’t be higher and the difference between Democrats and Republicans couldn’t be more clear, and because of that I know we have the future leaders of Florida with us at the Leadership Blue Gala, from our next Governor to our next Agriculture Commissioner, we are confident our candidates are offering a better option to Floridians,” said FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo.
The sold-out event highlighted the work Democrats are doing across the state at every level to elect more Democrats and comes at a time when there are a record number of candidates, and women running for office as Democrats in Florida. Keynote Speaker, DGA Chair, and Washington Governor Jay Inslee highlighted how Florida will be transformed when a Democrat is elected Governor in November.
“I’m here in 2018, because I believe we can end this drought for Democrats in the Governor’s mansion, and we will do that by electing a Democrat as Governor in Florida,” said DGA Chair, and Washington Governor, Jay Inslee, said “Every single one of these candidates can win in November.”
The gala came after over fifteen hundred Democrats spent the weekend training, strategizing and preparing to end nearly 20 years of Republican Rule in Florida.
“Why there is so much energy in this room tonight is that you know what is at stake!” U.S. Senator Bill Nelson said to the crowd.
U.S. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson addressed the crowd and laid out a path to victory for Florida Democrats.
““The Democrats are here! We are marching all across the state to achieve this Blue Wave!” Congresswoman Wilson said.
The Leadership Blue weekend continues with more campaign training and additional caucus meetings on Sunday.