The October meeting of the Democratic Women’s Club (DWC) of Marco opened with a City Council Candidate forum at the Mackle Park Community Center.
Former Marco Island City Councilor, Larry Sacher acted as moderator and introduced the candidates: Erik Brechnitz, Jim Richards, Victor Rios, Jerry Swiacki, and Sam Young. Each candidate spoke for five minutes about his platform and qualifications.
All candidates expressed an interest in the environment, water quality, growth, and city management.
A straw poll was taken following their presentations. Thirty-two people participated in the poll with the following results: Sam Young, 75%; Erik Brechnitz, 66%; Jim Richards, 56%; Jerry Swiacki, 44%; and Victor Rios, 32%.
During her welcoming remarks, DWC President Stephanie Ballo explained the club’s history, mission statement and goals. She also expressed thanks to our founding members, and the many volunteers who continue to work for Democratic issues and candidates.
A brief business meeting followed. Then Member-at-Large Monica Pierce reported on the successful Democratic Women’s Club of Florida Convention last month. It was an exciting weekend attended by Democratic women from all over Florida. Guest speakers included Grace Nelson, Senator Bill Nelson, Andrew Gillum’s running mate Chris King, and the Chair of the Florida Democratic Party, Terrie Rizzo.
Social Director Dawn Rubin invited members and guests to the monthly social, a fundraiser for Andrew Gillum, which raised $4,000 for the campaign.
Vice President Jane Schlechtweg went over the amendments as they appear on the ballot, and gave recommendations. Copies of the endorsements and sample ballots were provided. The Florida Democratic Party as well as the Collier County Democratic Party supports Amendments #3, 4, 9, and 13. All registered Democratic voters in the state will receive a copy of which amendments are supported and which are opposed by the FDP. Each amendment on the ballot must receive 60% approval to pass and will take effect on January 8, 2019.
Annisa Karim, State Senate Candidate for District 28, spoke about her passion for Florida’s environment. She is the current manager of Lee County Parks and Preserves, a lifetime Florida resident and wildlife biologist. She plans to bring science back to Tallahassee. Annisa has been endorsed by the Sierra Club of Florida, the South Florida Clean Water Movement, the Florida Chapter of the National Organization of Women, and the Clean Water Initiative to name a few.
If you missed the DWC Marco October meeting and would like to get involved, the club meets from 5-6:30 PM the second Tuesday of each month. The November meeting will be held at Mackle Park Community Center. The club also hosts monthly coffees, Happy Hours, candidate Meet and Greets, and fundraisers.