Q. What is the Democratic Club of Sarasota?
A group of more than 500 Democrats who meet monthly to provide a forum for Democrats to share ideas and concerns and work to elect Democrats and strengthen the Democratic Party in Sarasota.
Q. Who should join?
Anyone who is registered as a Democrat in the State of Florida who is interested in being an active member of the Democratic community in Sarasota County should join.
Q. What are the benefits of membership?
By joining the Democratic Club of Sarasota, you receive a monthly newsletter that provides a calendar of Democratic events, stimulating speakers at our monthly luncheons, access to information about candidates and elected officials, and interaction with others who have similar political beliefs.
Q. How do I join?
Q. Democratic Party vs. Clubs vs. Caucuses – What’s the Difference?
The Sarasota County Democratic Executive Committee (SCDP) is the official, local county arm of the Florida Democratic Party. The SCDP has oversight over all Democratic Party activities within Sarasota County. Their primary mandate is to work to elect Democrats to office.
The purpose of Democrat Clubs is to provide educational forums, support qualified candidates, and provide Democrats a platform to address social issues that affect us and our community. Democratic Clubs are a major component of the Democratic Party structure—providing outreach, organizing, support, visibility, and communication of Democratic values to the grassroots.
In Sarasota County the Clubs include – Democratic Club of Sarasota (the largest), Longboat Key Democratic Club, Venice Area Democratic Club, and the North Port Democratic Club. All of these organizations have their own governing body and operate independently of the Party, but they are chartered under the Sarasota County Democratic Party and work closely together.
A caucus is an organization that has chartered with the State Democratic Party to operate as an official branch, and to recruit and operate county-level organizations. Caucuses are different from clubs because clubs are governed by local county Democratic Executive Committees and do not have statewide relationships.