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Search for next FDP executive director narrows

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

The choice to succeed Scott Arceneaux as executive director of the Florida Democratic Party is between Jonathan Ducote and Josh Wolf, sources tell FloridaPolitics.
Political consultant Jackie Lee and former state legislator Reggie Fullwood were also in the mix, but reportedly are now out of contention for the position.
Ducote has served as political director for the Florida Justice Association since 2014. He previously served as campaign manager for Loranne Ausley’s unsuccessful 2010 bid for CFO, as financial director for Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown’s 2011 election campaign victory, and as campaign manager for Barbara Buono’s unsuccessful challenge to Chris Christie in the 2013 New Jersey gubernatorial election.
Wolf most recently served as campaign manager for Patrick Murphy’s U.S. Senate bid. Prior to that, he served as campaign manger for Steve Grossman’s unsuccessful 2014 campaign for governor in Massachusetts.  In 2012, he managed U.S. Rep. Ami Bera’s successful campaign in California.
Arceneaux’s departure after more than seven years as executive director was announced in January, shortly after Coconut Grove developer and fundraiser Stephen Bittel was elected as chairman.  His tenure as executive director had been contentious in recent years, as some Democrats openly wondered why he had maintained his position while the state continued to lose statewide elections.
Arceneaux was initially hired during Karen Thurman’s tenure back in 2009. He lasted through the regimes of Rod Smith and Allison Tant.
2016 proved to be another desultory year for Florida Democrats. After being a blue state for two successive presidential elections, Republican Donald Trump eked out a narrow but clear cut victory over Hillary Clinton, while Marco Rubio easily defeated Murphy to maintain his seat in the Senate.
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Allison Tant won’t return as Florida Democratic Party chair

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant announced Friday she will not run for another term as party chair in January.
“It has truly been a privilege and an honor to serve as your chair and I wanted you to hear from me first that I’ve decided to not seek re-election in January,” Tant wrote in email to party members. “I will use the remainder of my term to ensure that the next chair is able to hit the ground running on Day 1 with as smooth of a transition as possible.”
The list of possible replacements starts with Alan Clendenin, the 57-year-old State and Democratic National Committeeman from Tampa who came close to becoming the party chair of the Florida Democratic Party in 2013, losing out by 80 votes out of over 1,000 cast to Tant. He currently is vice-chair of the FDP.
Clendenin did not immediately return a call for comment. He lost a bid for school board in Hillsborough County back in August.
Tant’s decision comes after a very poor night for Florida Democrats on Tuesday, where Hillary Clinton fell short to Donald Trump by a little more than one percentage point in the race for Florida’s 29 electoral votes for president. Democrats were also unsuccessful in retaking the U.S. Senate seat, with Patrick Murphy losing by eight percentage points to incumbent Marco Rubio.
And in state legislative races, the party actually LOST one seat in the state Senate, despite new Democratic-friendly political lines drawn up by the Legislature last year. That resulted after the Florida Supreme Court ruled they had been originally drawn up in violation of the state’s constitution. They now have 15 members in the 40-person body.
Democrats did pick up three seats in the House, and now will have 41 members to the Republicans’ 79.
Some state Democrats also want to know if Scott Arceneaux will stick around. Arceneaux has

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