What’s important to Floridians?
Like progressives throughout the US, Floridians are motivated by equal rights, environmental protection, and access to affordable healthcare and education. Additionally two issues have been in sharp focus locally:
The shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland in southeast Florida motivates Sarasota Democrats to seek a statewide assault weapons ban and comprehensive background checks in order to have safer schools and communities.
Environment and climate change
In 2018, Sarasota County was one of the areas worst impacted by the red tide that devastated Florida and killed over 150 bottlenose dolphins. Manatees and sea turtles also died in shockingly large numbers in the red tide experts blame on pollution and climate change.
The Sarasota County Democrats support action on climate change and emphasize that “81% of Floridians think that climate change is occurring … [and] Florida is the most vulnerable of all states to sea level rise from climate change.”