Allison Tant has released a statement that indicates she has been endorsed by the seven of the state’s ten Democratic House members backing her. This is not a surprise but it adds to the impressive list of insiders backing Tant’s candidacy.
In even bigger news considering the weighted vote FDP process, the state committee members from the three large southeast Florida counties (Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach) have elected to support Alan Clendenin as a bloc. In the weighted vote system of the FDP State Committee, this means Tant, the candidate of many party insiders will have very little margin for error with DECs outside of the area.
The vote for Chair is scheduled for January 26th in Lake Mary. If Clendenin were to be elected he would be the first Chairman of the party from one of the state’s two largest media markets since 1999.
The full statement from the south Florida DECs is below:
Miami-Dade State Committeewoman Verna Edington, Miami-Dade State Committeeman Bret Berlin, Broward County State Committeeman Ken Evans, Broward County State Committeewoman Maggie Davidson, Palm Beach County State Committeewoman Bunny Steinman, and Palm Beach County State Committeeman John Ramos met Monday evening in Broward County for four hours and emerged from the meeting to unanimously announce their support, their vote, and their endorsement for Alan Clendenin for State Chair of the Florida Democratic Party.
All six had agreed prior to the meeting to vote as a group representing South Florida for the State Chair. At the conclusion of the meeting, all six signed a pledge card formally endorsing and showing their support for Alan Clendenin. The South Florida vote represents roughly 30% of the votes for Chair of the Florida Democratic Party.
Alan was very humbled by the support of these six South Florida leaders and is committed to his vision of Rebuild, Rebrand, and Recruit brining the Democratic Party, which the majority of Floridians are, back to power in Florida