March 29, 2016
Democratic Headquarters
71 South Dixie Highway, Suite 6, St. Augustine, FL 32084  
Telephone: 904-825-2336
Monday - Friday 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

In Memorium: Shirley Rawls 
We have recently learned of the passing of Shirley Rawls on a recent family trip to Texas, but do not have any further information. 

As President of the local Democratic Women's Club, member of our Democratic Executive Committee and Treasurer of the Florida National Organization for Women, among other activites, Shirley was a dedicated Democrat who participated with enthusiasm in everything in which she participated. 

Many of you will remember Shirley who spoke on behalf of the Hillary Clinton Campaign during our first Presidential Forum on Monday, February 15 at Democratic Headquarters.

We will share more information with you as we are informed.

Shirley, you will be missed by your friends, family and all who have come to know you.

Fish Fry Fundraiser at Johnny's in Hastings
Hastings Democratic Club Hosted 
Successful Fish Fry Fundraiser!
A Special Thank Y ou to the Hastings Democratic Club for organizing the Fish Fry at Johnny's Restaurant on   Saturday, March 26.  It was a big success and we enjoyed the delicious food and company.

And a very special thanks to Johnny Barns for re-opening the restaurant this one day to support the Democratic Party.  Even though the restaurant is no longer open, Johnny is available to cater special events and family gatherings.  He can be contacted on 904-599-6314.And you can enjoy his Fried Chicken Dinner at the Shriner's Club on Friday, April 29.

For more information about the Hastings Democratic Club, contact Carol Holtz at 386-546-1997.

Democratic Party at the National, State and Local Levels
Do you want to become a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention to be held in Philadelphia, PA from July 25 to 28?
The process to select Florida's delegates to the Convention works as follows:
The results of Florida's March 15, 2016 presidential primary election will be used to apportion delegates to the national convention. In the current US House District 6, (which includes all of St. Johns County, parts of Putnam County, all of Flagler County and the northern part of Volusia County) the allocation of delegates is as follows: 3 Clinton delegates (2 women and 1 man) and 2 Sanders delegates (1 woman and 1 man).
On May 7, 2016, grassroots Democrats from each of Florida's 27 congressional districts will meet in congressional district caucuses between the hours of 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM to elect 135 district-level delegates to the Democratic National Convention. The caucus for US House District 6 will be held at  Volusia Teachers Organization, 1381 Educators Rd., Daytona Beach, FL 32124.  Please note, if you wish to be a delegate you have to fill in a delegate form (see information below) and return it to the Florida Democratic Party office before April, 7, 2016 on which you state your preference for Clinton or Sanders.  Then you will need to campaign for this position and to recruit a large number of registered Democrats to support you for this position and who are willing to travel with you to Daytona at this time to vote for you.
Following the congressional district caucuses, the Florida Democratic Party will hold a special meeting in Orlando, Florida, May 21, 2016, where the district-level delegates will meet to select 27 Pledged Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) Delegates, 45 At-Large Delegates, and 17 At-Large Alternates to the Democratic National Convention. 
To take part in Florida's 2016 National Convention Delegate Selection Process, please complete the 2016 "District Level Delegate Filing Form" which is found on the following website:  Any registered Democrat can apply to be a delegate, but those who have been active within the party will have a better chance of being elected because of their local supporters.

Visit the official Democratic National Convention website, where you will also find job and volunteer opportunities,  here.

If you are interested in becoming a delegate candidate from the current US House District 6, which includes St. Johns County, please notify Nell or Annette at Democratic Headquarters, 904-825-2336.  And you may want to talk with one of four 2012 delegates from St. Johns County who can inform you about their experience.

DCCA Meeting and Retreat in Orlando April 1-3, 2016
During the weekend of April 1 to 3, the Democratic County Chairs Association (DCCA) will hold their annual retreat at the Doubletree Hotel Orlando.   During this weekend there will be a reception on Friday evening prior to a number to the Saturday meetings of the Small County Coalition, the Executive Committee, a session on how to become a delegate to the National Convention, multiple training sessions, caucus meetings, and the opportunity to purchase tickets to attend the Black Caucus Gala at a neighboring hotel.  

On Sunday morning from 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, there will be a Candidate Forum for potential candidates for office.  Any Democrat running for office in St. Johns County is eligible to attend this forum at no cost.   Democrats that are interested in attending all or part of this weekend should contact Nell Toensmann, Chair of the St. Johns Democratic Party at:  or call the Democratic Headquarters at 904-825-2336.  Please note: Reduced hotel room prices are still available at the Doubletree for anyone planning to attend.

Democratic Executive Committee  Meeting  
Thursday, March 31 at 6:30 PM

Please note the change of date!
The March Democratic Executive Committee
is meeting  one week later than normal at 6:30 PM on Thursday, March 31 at Democratic Headquarters. 

This meeting is open to the public and Democrats interested in learning more about the local Democratic party are invited to attend.  If DEC members are unable to attend, please contact the office at 904-825-2336 to be excused.

Join the  April Gathering of the Progressive Book Club.
April 18, 6:00 PM: The Next America - Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown 
by Paul Taylor and the PEW Research Center

Contact Pam Mirelson at for meeting information.

View the poster with all the book selections for 2016 here.

You are invited to attend one of our Democratic Club Meetings.

The Ponte Vedra Democratic Club holds their meetings at 6:30 PM on a designated Monday at the Ponte Vedra Library.  For more information, contact President Lynn Wadelton, 904-514-6830 or

The Hastings Democratic Club will meet on Monday, April 7 at 6:30 PM 
in the Fellowship Hall of Gethsemane Church, 317 Daniels St, Hastings.  
The Hastings Democratic Club meets monthly on the first Thursday of the month. For more information, contact President Carol Holtz, 386-546-1997 or  

The Northwest Democratic Club
Their next meeting will be held on Monday, April 11 at 6:;30 PM.  The meetings are scheduled for the second Monday of each month at Eastwood Clubhouse, Westminster Woods Community, 1500 Bishop Estates Rd., St. Johns, FL 32259.  For more information, contact Rick Chapman, 
904-217-3994 or

Wednesday Blue Bag Lunch, 12 Noon to 2:00 PM  

The Blue Bag Lunch continues at our new office, 71 South Dixie Highway, Suite 6.  We look forward to seeing you there! There will be a volunteer to help you in locating a parking place, as the spaces in front of our office are limited.

Environmental Challenge Day
Save the Date 
for the Second Annual
Environmental Challenge Day 
Saturday, April 9, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Willie Galimore Center

You are invited to participate in the Second Annual Environmental Challenge Day on Saturday, April 9, 9:00-4:00. at the Willie Galimore Center in Lincolnville.

The organizers have announced that this year's event 
will be hosted by a coalition of sponsors which include: 
St. Johns County Democratic Party,  Jane West Law, Southern Horticulture,  
Herbie Wiles Insurance,  Hyundai of St. Augustine, Oceana,  
Marineland Dolphin Adventure,  South Ponte Vedra Beach Turtle Patrol, 
Sierra Club of Northeast Florida,  Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St. Augustine, 
and  Media Sponsor: FirstCoast.TV. 
T he Food Vendor will be: Oyster Creek Eatery.  

This event offers activities both inside and outside of the Galimore Center in Lincolnville.
During the course of the day, nine speakers will present a number of topics with an environmental theme indoors in the large meeting room.  

9:15 AM Mayor Nancy Shaver Welcome remarks
9:30 AM Joan Kramer Danger to Bee Population
10:00 AM Christopher Bibbs The Landscape of Mosquito Control
10:30 AM Erin Handy Climate Change and Local Implications
11:00 AM Hunter Miller Importance of Grassroots Movements
11:30 AM Bill Hamilton Climate Change and Local Implications
12-1:00 PM Luncheon Break
1:00 PM Neil Armingeon Matanzas River and Local Environmental Issues
1:30 PM Jane West Development in St. Johns County
2:00 PM Allen Tulley Global Warming's News for Northeast Florida
2:30 PM Tom Larson Energy and Climate Action

In a separate room, local artists and authors will display and offer for sale: books, photography, paintings and art work with an environmental theme.
There will be about 30 informational and product vendors outdoors.  Some will offer family-friendly entertainment, live music, face-painting and non-helium balloon art.  Docents from the Whitney Lab will bring their "Traveling Zoo", which is fascinating for children of all ages.  Marineland will have sea life artifacts on display and present information about their summer program for kids.  There will be bee hives and honey, books and information about bats, recycling information, pottery, jewelry, and much, much more.

 Food and drinks will be available for sale throughout the day.

The flyer for the event can be found  here.  Please be sure to pass it on or print it off to share with your family and friends.

We will also be looking for volunteers to assist during our environmental event.  If interested in volunteering or for more information about the Environmental Challenge Day, contact John Pilecki at 215-896-8656 or

Flagler College and Community Events
Ideas and Images

Climate Change and Cultural Resources Panel
Lewis Auditorium
Free Admission

"Weather it Together:  Protecting our Historic Seaport"
Lisa Craig, Planner, Chief of Historic Preservation, City of Annapolis

"Planning for Cultural Resource Climate Change Impacts"
Adrienne Burke, J.D., Community Development Director, City of Fernandina Beach, Florida

"Sea Level Rise and Local Government Responses:  Lessons from the Florida Keys"
Jason Evans, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, Stetson University

 Information for Upcoming Elections
From the Supervisor of Elections Website

Primary Election - August 30, 2016

General Election - November 8, 2016
2016 Local Offices Scheduled for Election - Click Here

Would you consider running for election to one of the offices below?  
If so, please gt in touch with Democratic Headquarters, 904-825-2336.

Included in the list of open county positions are the following offices:

Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller (partisan)
Property Appraiser   (partisan)
Sheriff    (partisan)
Supervisor of Elections  (partisan)
T ax Collector  (partisan)
County Judge - Group 2  (non-partisan)
County Commissioners - Districts 1, 3 & 5   (partisan)
School Board Members - Districts 2 & 5 (non partisan)

These Special Districts are all non-partisan races
Anastasia Mosquito Control District - Seats 1, 3 & 5
St. Augustine - St. Johns County Airport Authority - Groups 4 & 5
St. Johns Soil & Water Conservation District - Groups 3, 4 & 5
St. Augustine Port, Waterway & Beach Commission - Groups 2 & 4
Municipal Service District of Ponte Vedra Beach - Seats 2, 4 & 6 Municipalities o 
City of St. Augustine - Seats 1, 2 & 3/Mayor
City of St. Augustine Beach - Seats 1 & 2
Town of Hastings - 2 Seats

In addition, there are positions on the Boards of Community Development Districts.

On the 2016 Ballot at the State and Federal Levels  are:
US. Senator (replacing incumbent Marco Rubio - R, who is not standing for election)
US House District 4 (incumbent Ander Crenshaw - R, Jacksonville)
US House District 6  (incumbent Ron DeSantis is running for US Senator)
(see the map below for division of US House Districts in St. Johns County)
Florida Senate District 7 (incumbent Travis Hutson - R in current District 6)
Florida House District 17  (incumbent Cyndi Stevenson - R)
Florida House District 24  (incumbent Paul Renner - R)

For the Local Candidate Lists & Reports - Click Here

The New Florida Senate District 7 Map - Click Here

The New US House Districts 4 and 6 Map - Click Here

Active Candidate Lists Federal and Multi-County State Races - Click Here

Do you want to support your Presidential Candidate?
You can make a donation for t-shirts ($15), bumper stickers ($2)  and buttons ($2) for both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders at Democratic Headquarters. At this point we do not have any sign-waving or yard signs for either of the candidates, but they can be obtained from the Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders websites.

Click here to Volunteer                          Click here to Contribute                    
For more information contact:
St. Johns County Democratic Party | 904-825-2336
71 South Dixie Highway, Suite 6
St. Augustine, FL 32084

The Office is open weekdays from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
and is often closed on Public Holidays.