Come meet, Greet & hear from Candidates . Submit your questions for County court candidates, County commission District 9, BSO and House Districts 92 & 95 candidates. August 30th candidates will be recognized.

PLACE: Merrell United Methodist Church, 3900 N. State Rd. 7 Lauderdale Lakes, FL. 33319

MODERATED BY: LWV League of Women Voters and Caribbean Bar Association



Duval/Clay County Chapter

Officers of the recently formed Caribbean Democratic Caucas of Florida, were sworn in today by State Representative, Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed, at Irie Caribbean Cafe. Officers: President Radica Samuels Wright, Vice President Michelle Wilger, Secretary Rochelle Smith and Theo Jack, Jr. In attendance were State Representatives, Hazelle Rodgers and Mia Jones, Reggie Fullwood (running for State Representative office), Juanita Powell-Williams (running for City Council-at-Large Group 4) among other supporters and well wishers.


2014 Proposed Constitutional Amendments

Amendment 1 – Water and Land Conservation – Dedicates Funds to Acquire and Restore Florida Conservation and Recreation Lands

The Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative is a constitutional amendment initiated by petition. This amendment, if approved by voters, would Fund the Land Acquisition Trust Fund to acquire, restore, improve, and manage conservation lands, including wetlands, forests, fish and wildlife habitat, lands protecting water resources and drinking water sources, including the Everglades, and the water quality of rivers, lakes and streams; beaches and shores; outdoor recreational lands; working farms and ranches; and historic or geological sites, by dedicating 33 percent of net revenues from the existing excise tax on documents for 20 years.

Support land conservation and water amendments. These are our most precious resources. Open space and a good quality of drinking water are very important.

Amendment 2 – Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions

This initiative is a constitutional amendment initiated by petition. If approved by the voters, the amendment would legalize the cultivation, purchase, possession and use of marijuana to treat debilitating medical conditions when recommended by a licensed Florida physician. Also allows caregivers to assist patients’ medical use of marijuana.

The measure would also order the Florida Department of Health to register and regulate producers and distributors of medical marijuana and to issue identification cards to patients and caregivers. The amendment would only apply to Florida law. It does not authorize violations of federal law or any non-medical use, possession or production of marijuana.

 Support use of Marijuana for certain medical problems. Any relief we can give to people suffering with pain and movement issues will be great.  People who could not function in certain activities will be helped.

Amendment 3 – Prospective Appointment of Certain Judicial Vacancies

This Amendment is a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment (introduced by the Florida Legislature). If approved by the voters the measure would allow the governor to prospectively fill judicial vacancies in a judicial office to which election for retention applies resulting from the justice’s or judge’s reaching the mandatory retirement age or failure to qualify for a retention election; and allowing prospective appointments if a justice or judge is not retained at an election. Currently, the Governor may not fill an expected vacancy until the current justice’s or judge’s term expires.

Oppose judicial appointments by the Governor. This would continue to have a bad effect on the judicial system.

Democrats Important Election:

Democrats Important Election Dates:
Voter Registration Deadline – Today, October 6, 2014
Early Voting begins (in some counties) – October 20, 2014
Absentee Ballot Request Deadline – October 29, 2014
General Election and VICTORY – November 4, 2014

 Engaged Democrats, It is time to rid Florida of the Rick Scott and his team. Vote the entire democratic ticket and don’t forget to educate and inform on the various amendments.   Florida must be Scott free come end of day November 4th. Scott Tax Cut budget, Big give away to major corporation, non- support of an increase in minimum wage and what he unleashed on State workers, our teachers, ordinary men and women and working families who are dying without health care is just unacceptable.

Yesterday was Charlie’s day in the Broward Caribbean Community and we started with 5 churches, engaged in a rally with Congresswoman Yvette Clarke out of Brooklyn N.Y and our own Congressman Alcee Hastings, a fundraiser and closed with a rock the vote & JUMP at kiddies carnival and Charlie was with us all during those events.

We know Governor Charlie Crist will implement the Medicaid Expansion that will give health care to low income earners and those who cannot afford to pay for private insurance and he will restore felons rights.  Charlie does have a heart and he will listen. Gov. Charlie Crist had the courage to walk away from the party of exclusion and Charlie will continue to embrace  President Obama’s agenda to benefit our state.

During this lame duck session with Charlie and Florida, we will have a President that can still do great things for the people of our state and country and as a people position our community to become more relevant and to be respected.

 Thank you for engaging in the events of the day.

Rep. Hazelle-President
Caribbean Democratic Caucus of the State of Florida