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By: Sharon Aron Baron
The Broward Young Democrats held their Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, and even though the media had a field day with the fact that it was held at Coral Springs Funeral home, the event was alive and well with cocktails, live music, and appearances from some of Broward County’s most prolific politicians.
The event was called “Take Back the Governor’s Mansion” and their mission was to recognize current leaders as well as make a call for action to get others rallied up about November’s Governor’s election.
Special guest speaker was Former Attorney General Bob Butterworth. Butterworth, who is a Democrat, served for four consecutive terms, under Bob Martinez, Lawton Chiles, and Jeb Bush. He is also a Crist supporter and stressed the need to get the turnout as high as possible in this next gubernatorial election.
Democratic Chair Mitch Ceasar made the introductions and elected officials in attendance included: State Representative Katie Edwards; Broward County Commissioners Martin Kiar and Stacy Ritter; Coconut Creek Mayor Lisa Aronson; Parkland Vice Mayor Christine Hunschofsky; Parkland City Commissioner Mark Weissman; and Former Margate City Commissioner Joe Varsallone,
BYD President Michael Friedel was pleased with the turnout and said the proceeds from the event will help target young Democrats that may have voted in the past, but not in a gubernatorial election.
“It was great to see Democrats of all ages come together to support the most important issue we face this November,” said Executive Vice President Cori Varsallone. “It was definitely a success.”
The Broward Young Democrats meet on the second Monday of every month at Maguire’s Hill 16 Irish Pub at 535 N Andrews Ave in Fort Lauderdale at 6pm. $25 annual dues. $40 for those over 40. Find out more at BYD.org.