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Saturday, August 20, 2005

The Purpose of This Blog

Hello, my name is Ray Seaman. I'm currently 18 years old, a political science student at the University of Florida, and have been a Democratic supporter for as long as I can remember. Since I was 16, I have been involved in the party at the DEC (Democratic Executive Committee) level. This summer, I worked heavily with the Marion County, Florida DEC, and learned a ton about political organization.

I started this blog in order to create a forum of ideas on how to reform Florida's many DECs so that they become an effective arm for the the Florida Democratic Party, and more importantly, an effective force of progress within Florida's many diverse communities.

Currently, many of Florida's DECs are ineffective bickering sessions in which little is accomplished and unhelpful individuals are more concerned about defending their turf rather than organizing their communities and defeating Republicans.

I hope this blog becomes a place in which current, former, and just disgruntled DEC members can come, not just to vent, but to share new ideas on how DECs can become effective.


WilmaDem said...

Hi, Ray
Thanks for the opportunity. I'll give it a try.
The emanuensis of WilmaDem

Mike S said...

Taking a hard look at building leadership at the local level and finding a funding source to work with is a critical part of any changes that need to happen. Your experience regarding, "defending their turf", is a great observation and makes my point about the need for effective leadership that can guide and mold those individuals into a fighting team. Working together for common goals. Our party has always been the party of diversity, a place where the minority opinion or needs could always become the majority. People found that they were never suppressed to the extent that they couldn't parent their ideas in our party and see them succeed. Because of this diversity it takes great leadership to bring about the bonding and structure that is needed to create an effective political organization.

Our great Democratic leaders over the years found a message that inspired us and gave some grounding that pointed us to a common goal. We always have known that in most cases if we can get a democrat elected he or she will bring balance to the scales of justice when it comes to people verses institutions/government/corporations, or yes even someones turf. It will be interesting to see how we can find that renewable leadership and funding base.

Thanks for your hard work and dedication to making our party successful. I am looking forward to reading the commentary on your blog.

Mike Sizemore

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