DBCF Conference 2018

Candidates Speak at President’s Kick-off Event at Democratic Black Caucus Florida Annual Conference

By Louis C Ward

Federal, state and local democratic candidates posed with Democratic Black Caucus Florida(DBCF) President Lydia Hudson (fourth Left) and 1st Vice President Russell Drake (1st Right) at the evening’s President’s Kick-off Reception on the first day of its three-day annual conference held Friday, April 20, 2018 at Rosen Centre on International Drive in Orlando, Florida.

Each candidate was able to interact with DBCF members and was given time to pitch their reasons for seeking election to a political office in Florida.

Understanding the impact the African American community can have in this year’s midterm election because they compose 29 percent of registered Democratic voters in Florida, and discussing the importance of the DBCF endorsing a candidate, DBCF President Hudson said, “If we put our name behind a candidate we must vet that candidate to make sure that candidate is what’s best for our community.”

Informative workshops were held in the morning on education, mobilization and empowerment. Workshop facilitators were Ella Coffee and James Cole.

Saturday’s program will include a Millennial Round Table Discussion, conducted by New York Assemblyman Michael Blake, a Gubernatorial Forum for democratic candidates for Governor of Florida, and a Soul of the Party Gala in the evening will close the 36th annual political event.

Democratic candidates seeking election to various offices in Florida pose with DBCFlorida President Lydia Hudson(4th Left) and Vice President Russell Drake(1st Right)

Millennial Round Table

Gubernatorial Democratic Candidates Forum

Moderator Stewart Moore from WESH 2 News Orlando

District Attorney Aramis Ayala

DBCFlorida President Lydia Hudson with Darien Mason, Chair of Millennial Committee