Terrie Rizzo and the late GREAT Annette Cappella
Pam Keith, who once ran for Congress, with some Local AKA Sorority Sisters
Palm Coast Democratic Club (PCDC) at a recent meeting
THE FLAGLER COUNTY DEC
The Flagler County Democratic Party, also known as the Flagler County Democratic Executive Committee (DEC), is the official “franchise” of the Florida Democratic Party. It is our statutory responsibility to discharge Florida Democratic Party affairs within Flagler County. Almost every county in Florida has a DEC.
WHAT DOES THE DEC DO?
Our primary purpose is to perform the campaign activities which will help elect Democrats to office—locally, statewide, and nationally. We reach out to voters who have the same values and priorities– registering them to vote, educating them about the candidates, and making sure they know how to engage in the voting process.
Specifically, some of our main activities are:
- Follow and support political issues of importance to Democrats.
- Recruit and train volunteers at the local level.
- Register voters.
- Talk to voters in person, on the phone or by text and email to persuade them to vote for Democratic candidates and support Democratic issues.
- Raise money for the Party and for Democratic candidates.
- Identify and support new leaders in the Democratic Party.
- Supervise all Democratic Party matters throughout the County.
The DEC meets regularly with leaders of the Florida Democratic Party and leaders of other county DEC’s. We share best practices and tools so that we can all be on the same page and become more effective in electing Democrats in our own counties as well as state-wide.
The DEC also charters Democratic Clubs in the county. The clubs are more social in nature and frequently involved a meal, drinks, a brief business meeting and a special speaker. Club members volunteer for their club’s activities and they also volunteer for the DEC’s campaign activities.
WHO RUNS THE DEC?
The Flagler County DEC is managed by its members, in alignment with the Florida Democratic Party. The members of the DEC are mostly the elected Precinct Committeewomen and Committeemen. The DEC Officers are also Committeepersons and are elected by the others. This election occurs every four years—after the Presidential election.
WHAT DOES A PRECINCT COMMITTEEPERSON DO? CLICK HERE.
WHO FUNDS THE WORK OF THE DEC?
The work of executing the campaign activities to help elect Democrats costs thousands of dollars: candidate training, candidate donations, literature to voters, postage, etc. We also have ongoing administrative costs of rent, internet, phones, etc.
We don’t get help from the Florida Democratic Party. National candidates may sometimes give us yard signs, but that’s about it. Our funding essentially comes from donors like you. Many donors are generous during “campaign season” and we are so appreciative. Recurring donors who give small amounts each month are also angels, because those donations get us through the lean times and help us with our yearly budgeting.
We are now planning for 2022. If you have the ability, your one-time or recurring monthly donation of any amount would be very appreciated.
WHO DOES THE WORK OF THE DEC?
The DEC has standing committees, ad hoc committees, and many ad hoc projects. Our work is done solely by volunteers. We do not have any paid staff. We would love to have your help!