ORLANDO, Florida – After a 6-hour meeting that included separate interviews with each of the five candidates for the Florida Democratic Party Chair, followed by a press conference with Florida black media outlets in which all the candidates attended, the Democratic Black Caucus of Florida (DBCF) recommended former state Sen. Dwight Bullard for chair of the Florida Democratic Party.
“Based on the discussion of the DBCF executive committee, it was clear that Dwight Bullard has the clearest understanding of the need for grass-roots organizing,” said Democratic Black Caucus of Florida President Henry Crespo Sr. “And that is why is he received our recommendation.”
The candidate interviews with the DBCF and black media took place Friday, Jan. 6 at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando. The five candidates seeking the chair position are Stephen Bittel from Miami-Dade, Dwight Bullard from Gadsden County, Leah Carius from Osceola County, Alan Clendenin from Bradford County and Lisa King from Duval County.
On Jan. 7, the caucus met again to share perspectives and choose a candidate to recommend.
“It was an insightful and spirited discussion,” said Lydia Hudson, 1st vice president of the Democratic Black Caucus of Florida. “We have some very talented candidates with very distinct talents. I wish there was a way to roll them all up into one leader.”
During separate interviews, the Democratic Black Caucus of Florida Executive Campaign Committee, chaired by Beverlye Neal, asked the five candidates questions about their motivations, ideology and what changes they plan to make in the party if elected.
The Democratic Black Caucus of Florida has 19 chapters with more than 300 members across the state of Florida, which includes an array of county and municipal elected officials as well as County Party Officers. The caucus, which is the leading black political organization in Florida, the caucus represents indirectly more than 1.6 million black Democrats, who make up 33 percent of all Democrats in Florida.