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Also please check out the details for our luncheon speaker programs from October 2019 through March 2020 HERE.


Democratic Club News


  •   Join us for our March 3rd luncheon featuring Ray Lombra, Professor of Economics at Penn State University.  Professor Lombra's presentation is titled -  Powell vs.Trump and Federal Reserve Independence: Old Wine in Old Bottles?  For much of the last 18 months, President Trump has been critical of Federal Reserve policy and Fed chairman, Jerome Powell.  We will discuss the current controversy against the historical, legislative and analytical foundations of central banking in the United States. A specialist in monetary economics and macroeconomics, with a focus on central bank policy, financial markets, and international finance, Ray Lombra is an award-winning teacher of macroeconomics, consultant to numerous financial firms, government agencies and the Congress, and author of seventy-five scholarly articles and six books.  For more details and to make your reservation(s) using PayPal, credit card or mail-in check go HERE


  •   Presidential Preference Primary Election Day in Florida is March 17 - If you are not registered or wish to update your registration, the last day to do this is February 18.  To register or update your registration online go to registertovoteflorida.gov,  or call the Supervisor of Elections (SOE) in Sarasota at 941-861-8600.  The address for the Sarasota County SOE is Terrace Building 101 S. Washington Blvd, Sarasota, Fl 34236. In Manatee County call Supervisor of Elections in Bradenton at 941-741-3823 or visit www.votemanatee.com.  The address for the Manatee County SOE is 600 301 Blvd. W, Suite 108, Bradenton FL 34205.  You must be registered as a Democrat in Florida to vote in the Democratic primaries.  Please  encourage your friends who are registered as Independents to register as Democrats if they prefer a different  president. To change a registration from Independent (NPA - No Party Affiliate) to Democrat your friends should follow the instructions above in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.


  • The Best and Easiest Way to Vote in Florida is Vote By Mail (VBM).  Also, consider early voting. In Sarasota County, if you have not applied to have a Vote By Mail form sent to you, you can request a form from the Supervisor of Elections at PO Box 4194, Sarasota, FL 34230-4194 or call 941-861-8618.  You can also request a VBM form to be mailed at www.sarasotavotes.com.  You can pick up a form at Sarasota SOE, Terrace Building, 101 S. Washington Blvd, Sarasota, Fl 34236.  In Manatee County call 941-741-3823 or go to www.votemanatee.com. The address of SOE in Manatee County is 600 301 Blvd. W, Suite 108, Bradenton FL 34205.  For March 17 voting, the deadline for requesting a VBM form in both Sarasota and Manatee Counties is Saturday, March 7th by 5 pm. VBM Ballots go out a month prior to the election and must be received at SOE by 7 pm on election night.  VBM ballots are not forwarded by the post office. Please provide the SOE with the address where you want your ballot sent for each election. VBM allows you to avoid the standing in line and other hassles of election day.  VBM also assures that you have a “Plan B” so that no last minute emergency can keep you from voting.  Early voting is Saturday March 7 to March 14, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. 


  • Early Voting begins Saturday, March 7, 2020 and ends Saturday March 14, 2020, 8:30 am to 4:30 am daily in both Sarasota and Manatee Counties.


    Supervisor of Elections, Terrace Building, 2001 Adams Lane.Sarasota 941-861-8600

    Sarasota Square Mall, 8201 S. Tamiami Trl, Sarasota 941-861-8600

    North Sarasota Library, 2801 Newtown Blvd. Sarasota 941-861-8600

    Supervisor of Elections, 600 301 Blvd. W, Suite 108, Bradenton (941) 741-3823

    Supervisor of Elections, Admin Building, 4000 Tamiami Trail S., Venice 941-861-3761

    Supervisor of Elections, Biscayne Plaza, 13640 Tamiami Trail, North Port 941-423-9540


  • How to Vote in Florida even if You are a Snowbird - Did you know that you can register to vote in Florida even if you do not spend six months and a day here?  The so-called 183-day rule is one used by many states for taxation purposes -- but has nothing to do with voter registration.  Looking ahead to the critical election of 2020, your vote is likely to be much more important in Florida than in a so-called “blue” state:  Whoever wins Florida is likely to win the presidency. If you own or rent property in Florida, you can register to vote here.  According to Florida law, what matters is where a person intends to make his or her permanent residence for purposes of voter registration.  You can be both a legal voting resident of Florida and a taxpaying resident of another state. (You must give up your right to vote in your alternate state.) This is a good time to make a switch, well in advance of next year’s election.  HERE is more information on how to register to vote in Florida as a snowbird. 



  • Terri Rizzo, Chair of the Florida Democratic Party has mailed out the Weekly Update from the Party.  The Update contains important information about upcoming Democratic Party events over the next few months.  The events include the Leadership Blue meeting on March 29-31 in Orlando and many other training and organizing events planned for this critical election year.  Check out the details HERE.


  • The Sarasota County Democratic Party is holding its 2020 Kennedy-King Dinner on March 15 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota.  The event starts at 5:30 pm.  You can check for more details, become a sponsor or make your reservations online at the SCDP website HERE.   To see a complete event calendar for the SCDP for the next few weeks go HERE



  • June_Ansorge_2.pngOur friend June Leder Ansorge, age 94, died Thursday August 22 on Longboat Key, FL.  In her New York Times obituary it states  - "She lived life on her terms and was lucky in life and in death.  June was a ceramic artist/teacher for more than half her life.  She also loved cooking, politics, and the view from her condo. June is survived by her brother George, son Andrew (wife Laura), daughter Sally Mulvey and granddaughter Alexandra.  In her memory, contributions to the Democrat of your choice would be appreciated."  June was an active member of the Longboat Key Democratic Club, attended most of our luncheons and was a delight to talk with.  We will miss her greatly.      


  • Norma Schatz has released her January letter to Plymouth Harbor residents and others who care.  The 2020 session of the Florida Legislature convened on January 14.  Over 3000 bills have been introduced in the state Senate or House. Many have already been heard by one or more committees; some will move to a vote in both houses and the Governor’s signature and some will die along the way.  Issues include off shore drilling, immigration, abortion, guns.  You’ll read in the local newspaper about the more controversial bills. In between elections, your voice can be important. Sen.Joe Gruters and Rep. Will Robinson represent Plymouth Harbor residents in the Florida Legislature. Senate President Bill Galvano (850/487-5833) and House Speaker Jose Oliva (850/717-5110), both Republicans, are very much in control of the agenda.  See Norma's complete January letter HERE.


  • Get_Paid.jpgThe Florida Democratic Party’s Organizing Corps 2020 is an effort to build the talent and infrastructure needed to win in 2020. Together we’re investing in the next generation of local and diverse staff for the 2020 general election and beyond.  The DNC, the Florida Democratic Party and 6 other state Democratic parties, in partnership with 270 Strategies and The Collective PAC, have launched Organizing Corps 2020 —a new program, starting in 2019, focused on recruiting, paying, and training young people, especially people of color, to work on the 2020 presidential cycle!  See Details HERE



A Message from the President – Ken Marsh



For decades the Longboat Key Democratic Club has provided means for local residents to support Democratic candidates, to hear from knowledgeable and stimulating speakers, to link to other Democratic Party efforts, and to impact government decisions based on our values. And now, for the 2019-20 program year, we are setting our sights on being more effective than ever before!

We are located on Longboat Key, a barrier island whose 3,000 registered Democrats vote at either Sarasota County precinct 201 or Manatee County precinct 309. Our island is situated between Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico and is 12 miles long and 1/2 mile wide.  Most of our voters are seasonal but still very involved in local election issues year-round.  Our precincts typically have the highest percentage of voter turnout in the county.

Our Club meets for lunch and discussion on the first Tuesday of the month, from November - April. Our luncheons are held at the Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota.  Our guest speakers give presentations that are stimulating, relevant, and humorous. The presenters include members of Congress, local and state officials, candidates, political pundits, journalists, and entertainers. Our new luncheon format has Registration at 11:30, the Speaker at 11:45, Lunch and Club updates at 12:30, and adjournment at 2:00 after an extended Q&A with the Speaker.

Increasingly, we host luncheons, receptions, and Meet & Greet events from May through October. We also coordinate our activities with the captains for both precincts. And our members work hard to keep voters informed, educated and involved, even in off-years. Most Longboat Key residents are already registered to vote so our volunteers register voters elsewhere in both counties. For years we have strongly supported Democratic Party efforts in the Newtown neighborhood in north Sarasota.

The Longboat Key Democratic Club is proud to share information about the club and about your opportunities to get involved.  We encourage you to join us in our quest to support Democratic nominees at the local, state and national levels. Together, through excellent voter turnout and our support of Democratic candidates, we can make a significant, positive difference in the future of our country.

Contact any Board Member to discuss how you can participate in the camaraderie and activism of the Longboat Key Democratic Club.

Ken Marsh