Alice White has filed to run for Sarasota County Commission in District 5 and David Jones has filed to run for Florida State House District 75. That House district is entirely within Charlotte County. Both White and Jones are Democrats.
Jones' and White's early declarations give Englewood Indivisible members in both counties candidates to promote as they knock on voters' doors. Additionally, Jones and White need our help to get their nominating petitions signed so they do not have to pay hefty filing fees.
Jones, who is running for the seat currently occupied by Mike Grant, is a retired Teamster, chair of the Englewood Democratic Club and active with the Charlotte Democrats Environmental Caucus. He needs to get 1,500 petitions signed by Charlotte County registered voters. You can download his petition below and volunteer to help on his campaign here. And you can make a donation here.
White, a retired teacher and founder and chair of People for Trees, has a long history of volunteering in North Port. She needs 800 nominating petitions signed by Sarasota County voters. You can download and print her petition at the bottom of this post. To volunteer for her campaign, email her at email@example.com.
White will be running in Sarasota County's first single-member-district election. The shift from county-wide elections was won by a ballot measure that many of us worked on. It gives Democrats a chance to win a seat on the Commission -- which they have not had for many years.
Dave Jones spoke at our February 22nd meeting and Alice White will speak at our March 28th meeting.
Please join us holding up signs about the week's most pressing political issue every Tuesday at 4:30 PM at the intersection of Jacaranda Blvd. and US Route 41 (the Walmart corner). Bring your theme-related signs and your American flags; wear your Indivisible shirts.
To learn each week's theme sign up for email updates from Indivisible Venice at IndivisibleVenice.com or Englewood Indivisible here on our website. For text notifications, text "Visibilities" to 33-222. You can also find information on the week's theme at EnglewoodIndivisible.org/Calendar or IndivisibleVenice.com/calendar.
Sign ideas are here.
Indivisible Venice and Englewood Indivisible are sponsoring these actions in an effort to encourage motorists to think about our topic of the week and in hopes that like-minded folks will see they are not alone and, perhaps, come join us.
A new state law requires volunteer petition circulators to use a new form designed specifically for volunteers. You can download the new forms for the Medicaid Expansion petition and the petition to Ban Assault Weapons at the end of this post.
The new petitions are one-page, single-sided, making them simple to print and copy. The language of the amendments they seek to put on the 2020 ballot is now in separate documents. Those are at the end of this post, too, and it is recommended that you keep them with you when you are gathering signatures.
Another part of the new state law requires petitions to be turned in within 30 days of being signed. So please bring your completed petitions to any Englewood Indivisible gathering. Check your email newsletter or the calendar on this website for times and places of meetings, social gatherings and actions. If you are unable to deliver the petitions, please email us at EnglewoodIndivisible@gmail.com to arrange for pickup.
In Sarasota, please take completed petitions to Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Ct, Sarasota, FL 34236.
This law was aimed at making it more difficult to qualify ballot measures by petition -- the only means Florida citizens have to affect rule in our one-party state. But these measures would bring important changes to people's lives, so they're worth the extra work.
The Medicaid expansion amendment would extend health coverage to adults who earn too little to purchase "Obamacare" on the health exchange. Expanding Medicaid to cover low-income adults can be expected to save taxpayer funds and increase state revenue, according to a Florida Policy Institute study.
The assault weapons ban would remove repeat-firing military-style weapons and large-capacity ammunition clips from our communities.
Here are some pointers for circulating the petition:
Please recycle any of the old two-sided petitions you still have.
Florida elections are usually knife’s-edge close. Winner and loser are seldom more than one percent apart. A few hundred votes can mean the difference between winning and losing. And denying Trump Florida’s electoral college votes could mean the difference in 2020.
So Englewood Indivisible is starting to contact voters now. Our goal: to find every independent Englewood voter opposed to Trump and make sure they all cast a vote against him in November 2020. Please join us in this important effort. Click here to get started.
Here’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to visit voters registered as independents (known as NPAs in Florida for “No Party Affiliation”) and identify those who share our opposition to Trump. We will talk with them to understand what matters to them and make sure they are ready to vote. We will visit the same voters again several times before the November 2020 election.
We use the Neighborhood Leader model, where each of us establishes a relationship with a small number of households in our own neighborhoods. This model, where we take the time for in-depth conversations with voters, has been shown to be more effective in motivating people to vote than high-volume door knocking.
We provide all the training and coaching you need. We will never ask anyone to go out knocking on doors alone! (Of course, those who want to go alone are totally free to do so.) An experienced canvasser will go with beginners as many times as needed. Alternatively, we will help you team up with another canvasser so you can visit both of your lists together.
As you can see from the screenshots in this post, the Republicans are already organizing their grassroots campaign to re-elect Trump. We know from the news that Trump’s campaign is mobilizing his voters with hateful rallies, tweets and merchandise. We wouldn’t do that if we could.
But so much depends on what we will do. Please sign up here to make the difference in the 2020 election.
Indivisible groups around Florida are helping with a massive undertaking: getting one million petitions signed to put Medicaid expansion on the November 2020 ballot.
If you haven't yet signed the petition, please download it at the end of this post. If you have already signed it, how about your family members? Your friends? Members of your organizations?
The petition calls for expanding Medicaid coverage to adults whose incomes are too low to purchase "Obamacare" coverage. Past Florida governors and legislatures have failed to act, and so far all signs point to the newly elected Florida officials taking the same position. (The 8 Democrats in Florida's Congressional delegation have called on Governor Ron DeSantis to expand Medicaid.)
Expanding Medicaid to cover low-income adults can be expected to save taxpayer funds and increase state revenue, according to a Florida Policy Institute study.
If it qualifies for the ballot, this petition initiative will give the people of Florida a say. In Maine, Idaho, Utah, and Nebraska, all as red or redder than Florida, voters have passed measures to expand Medicaid.
The downloadable petition is a 2-page PDF file, which must be printed out as a 2-sided document. (If your printer can't print or copy 2-sided, then email EnglewoodIndivisible@gmail.com to request printed petitions.)
Here are some pointers for circulating the petition:
In Sarasota, please take completed petitions to Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Ct, Sarasota, FL 34236
If you are near Englewood, you can also bring the petitions you've collected to Englewood Indivisible at its weekly social events, at the Englewood Farmers Market on Thursdays or at the February 16th monthly meeting.
Otherwise, please mail completed petitions to:
Planned Parenthood of South, East, and North Florida
2300 North Florida Mango Road
West Palm Beach, Florida 33409
Thank you for doing this important work!