The Democratic Party of Seminole County have announced they’re “going on the offensive” with the “largest canvassing event ever in Sanford” on June 10th. The voter outreach push is an initiative by the Sem Dems to build momentum for the 2018 mid terms.
The goal will be to contact 10,000 Democrats who voted in 2016.
SemDems’ Precinct Activity Lead Paul Diaz Truman says the idea is to get them politically organized, “The 13 Sanford precincts are currently represented by only 5 volunteer Precinct Committee People who will lead campaign efforts. The goals are to recruit at least 25 Precinct Committee People, and develop these precincts so they can run their own campaign events.”
Volunteers will also be asking Democrats to sign petitions for restoration for voter rights and a qualifying petition for Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, the only Democrat to hold major office in the county.
Success for the SemDems will be an uphill climb for 2018. Unlike their neighbors in Orange and Osceola counties, Republicans still outnumber Democrats in the area and turnout for mid-terms in recent years has also favored the GOP with Republicans sweeping the mid-terms in major Seminole County races in 2014 and 2010. One encouraging sign for Democrats is that Hillary Clinton was competitive in Seminole County last November and the tide could potentially turn against the party in control with President Donald Trump’s controversial policies.
“From the governorship to the numerous county-wide elections, “ adds Truman, “Seminole County can only go BLUE in 2018 if we go to the heart of where Seminole County Democrats live— we’re going to be starting in Sanford and working our way across Seminole County.”