November 12, 2010
Dear Florida Democratic Party
Over the past six years as Chair of
the Florida Democratic Party, I have been honored by the trust and
confidence you have placed upon me to lead our efforts to empower the
grassroots and build a lasting infrastructure for our party.
Working together, we have upgraded
our technology, modernized our strategies, cultivated a new generation
of Democratic leaders, and raised more funds than at any point in our
party's history. We have worked to register new Democratic voters,
leading to record gains in our party's membership. Our investments in
building and sustaining our Voter File have allowed us to accurately
target and actively engage voters across the Sunshine State.
We have built a successful new media
communications program, which allows us to regularly communicate with
hundreds of thousands of Floridians through email to recruit volunteers
and fundraise online. And I am especially proud of the fact that of the
over 38,000 donations to the Florida Democratic Party since I became
Chair, nearly 65% of these donations were grassroots contributions of
$250 or less.
Recently, while we have watched the
Republican Party of Florida face arrests and indictments for their
party's activities, we have shown the Sunshine State that Florida
Democrats are the party of honest and ethical leadership.
We have put in place the best
professional staff of any Democratic State Party in the nation, who I
would like to personally thank for their tireless work and selfless
dedication to our party. Providing the guidance and leadership for our
staff, as well as helping them accomplish the goals we set, has been the
most rewarding part of my tenure as Chair. I hope you will continue
showing our staff the same respect and level of support that you have
provided over the past many years.
After many months of reflection and
discussion with my family, our staff, and many of you, I have decided to
retire as Chair of the Florida Democratic Party. In the coming months I
look forward to not only spending more time with my husband, John, my
children, and grandchildren, but also continuing to serve the Florida
Democratic Party. I have pledged to do everything in my power to help
ensure that the Chair we elect in the near future has a seamless
transition and is ready to succeed in the role.
And I would like to thank each of
you for your support, your work on behalf of the Florida Democratic
Party, and most importantly for your continued friendship. There is
still much work to be done as we continue fighting for our values, for
the Democratic solutions to the problems facing the Sunshine State, and
for the leaders we need to move our state forward.
Chair, Florida Democratic Party