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Haines City - The Polk County Democratic Party held a Grand Opening for its second office in Polk County located in Haines City on Saturday, February 15, 2020. Over 100 attended to celebrate the new office located at 711 E. Main Street, Haines, City, Florida 33844.
Attendees enjoyed refreshments, music provided by Phil Schneider and Eddie Alvarado, face painting, spin the wheel and balloon animals as the Polk County Democrats welcomed the community to its new office. Polk Democratic Executive Committee Chair Katherine Sutherland, M.D. greeted the crowd and stated that all the members of the Polk County Democrats are excited to offer a second location to give expanded access for Northeast Polk County Democrats. “Thank you all for joining us today. Our added office here in Haines City follows substantial growth of our group including an increasingly motivated volunteer base. The number of Precinct Captains and Block Captains have greatly expanded during the last year. Voter registration goals have been exceeded month after month garnering us recognition from the Florida Democratic Party. We are proud to have an additional office to better serve the needs in Northeast Polk,” Chair Sutherland commented.
She then introduced speaker Polk County Democratic Executive Committee Vice-Chair Cesar Ramirez who spoke on the need for more Democratic legislators in Florida and announced his intention to become a candidate for Florida House District 41. He added he would be taking a leave of absence from the Polk DEC while he campaigns. The crowd enthusiastically responded to his announcement. Barbara Cady, a candidate for Florida House District 42, seconded the need for more representatives. Following the talk, visitors enjoyed a ceremonial cake cutting.
Later in the program, Haines City Vice Mayor Ann Huffman spoke on the need for diversity in politics. She introduced the candidate for Haines City Commissioner, Claude Holmes II. Darren Vierday also spoke on behalf of Congressman Darren Soto who was unable to attend.
The Haines City office hours are Monday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily. Other times are available by appointment by calling 863-668-7199 to set up a day and time. All interested Democrats are invited to stop by. The Polk Democratic headquarters remain in Lakeland at 1553 S. Combee Road.
For more information, please contact Chair@PolkDemocrats.net, visit their website at https://polkdemocrats.org/ or call 863-668-7199.