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This weekend I chaired a congressional district caucus at the Florida Democratic Convention in Tampa. Our district had almost 70 county-level delegates elected in caucuses last month, of whom about 40 had filed as candidates to represent us at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. We were allocated 9 delegates – five women and four men – to be elected at our caucus on Saturday morning.
The rules set down by the Florida Democratic Party required candidates to receive votes on a majority of the ballots cast to be elected. If the first ballot did not yield five women and four men, candidates who received votes on at least 10% of the valid ballots cast would remain eligible in the next round. Our entire process was fully transparent, with each ballot read aloud and votes counted by volunteers who were not candidates for Charlotte. We had written ballots for three rounds, after which we proceeded with standing votes. In all, we needed seven rounds of voting to choose our 9 delegates.
As their photos were taken, I was pleased to see that our district had elected a very diverse group. The Florida Democratic Party – and the Democratic National Committee – are committed to a national convention that mirrors the diversity of each state. As I told our district caucus on Saturday, Democrats believe “We the People” means all of us.
I want to thank our volunteers and party interns, and the candidates and other county delegates, for a very cordial and positive caucus meeting. And to all of our elected delegates: Congratulations and make us proud in Charlotte!