“Florida can be the State We Want” – Chris King

Chris King speaking at May SemDem’s meeting.

“We [Democrats] know how to do this” Winter Park businessman and Democratic gubernatorial nomination hopeful Chris King told the May SemDem’s meeting. “We can make Florida the state we want it to be”– fair.

“What’s not fair is how 45% of Florida jobs pay less than $15.00 an hour”, how ‘big sugar’ sets environmental policy and how there is a crisis in affordable housing, he said, outlining his support for an increase in the minimum wage and his vision for a state that does not lavish “love and money on corporations that then open a branch office in the state.” In the last decade King has created a successful business addressing the affordable housing issue in cities all over the nation.
Florida needs a governor and legislators who know accessible education is the key, he said, “90 percent of Florida students are in public schools, but 90 percent of the talk in Tallahassee is about supporting private schools.”

As for protecting Florida’s environment and the influence of big corporations he posited “We need clean government before we can get clean environment.”
King is only the first of the announced gubernatorial nomination candidates to address the local party meeting. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and former Congresswoman Gwen Graham and any other’s who announce active campaigns will be invited to speak at future meetings according to SemDem’s spokesman Brent Kimball. Of course local candidates, several of whom are making campaign plans now, will also be presented at the meetings.

In official action at the meeting voting members approved preliminary funding for voter registration, campaign volunteer and voter turnout efforts aimed at predominately Democratic precincts in Sanford. Voting members also directed the Executive Board to present a proposed annual budget at the next general meeting, set for June 8, 2017, 7:30 pm at the Lake Mary Community Center, 140 E. Wilbur St.

And, in a unanimous vote, the Seminole County Democratic party added an Honorary Junior Member: J. J. Holmes of Longwood.

Honorary Junior SemDem J.J. Holmes of Longwood.

The middle schooler made national headlines last fall when he was kicked out of a Trump rally. JJ, who has a severe case of cerebral palsy, wanted to go to the rally after Trump had mocked a disabled reporter. At the rally, JJ himself was mocked and Trump supporters kicked and shoved his wheelchair as he was removed from the event. Since then he has attended other political events, and, says Kinball, he “does more to help shape the political landscape in Florida than most of us do as adults. The passion he shows is truly humbling.”

The new SemDem was presented with a trophy depicting two boxers with the inscription “JJ- never stop fighting!”