Democratic Black Caucus of Florida



Cornelle J. Maxfield

Vice President

Health Cmte. Chair

Lou Murray


Geneva Presha


Brian Atkins

President Emeritus

Leon Harris, Jr.

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Councilman Harold Byrd, Jr.

Susie Copeland

Rodney K. Jones

Clarence Rogers, Esq.

Rep. Darryl E. Rouson

Mayor Willie C. Shaw

Cmmr. Charles B. Smith

Edward G. Viltz


Visit the Manatee/Sarasota Democratic Black Caucus of Florida’s calendar page.

Monthly Meeting
4th Thursday of each month. 6:30 p.m.

Manatee Democratic
Party Headquarters
6233 14th St W. 
Bradenton, Florida 34207




The Manatee/Sarasota Democratic Black Caucus of Florida

formed in May 2003 to accommodate these needs:

  1. To unite and increase the political power of Black and Brown Democrats within Manatee and Sarasota counties.

  1. To take appropriate public stands on issues relevant to the Black and Brown community.

  1. To encourage and support qualified citizens in becoming candidates for public office.

  1. To ensure that issues of concern to the Black and Brown community are made known to the Democratic Party, and to encourage the Democratic Party to take positions on these issues.

  1. To ensure that the Democratic Party includes the Black and Brown community in delegate selections and committee processes at all levels of the Democratic Party, Conventions and Organizations.


A Letter from our President:

Dear Manatee/Sarasota Democratic Black Caucus of Florida (MSDBCF) Members, Supporters, and Community Colleagues,

Our Country is entangled in disagreement on so many issues right now.   I’d like to take a moment to state our position on a few of them:

  1. We support a constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana treatment.  Medical Marijuana is already providing relief and therapeutic value to residents in 19 states and the District of Columbia.  Seriously ill patients should have the right to use medical marijuana without risking arrest and imprisonment.

  2. We support Comprehensive Immigration Reform.  We believe in a common-sense solution to our broken immigration system that treats families with respect and dignity; strengthens our workforce and economy; and provides the next generation with equal opportunities to education and prosperity.   We call on our legislators to act.

  3. We support a woman’s right to have dominion over her own person.

  4. We do not support Representative Stuebe in his position that armed administrators in our schools are somehow going to be of benefit to our children.  We believe that such a policy criminalizes our children, and promotes the school-to-jail pipeline that plagues our society.

  5. We support marriage equality.

  6. We call for an Increase to the Minimum Wage.  We believe that we are entitled to a life where basic survival for our families is not so pressing an issue. 

  7. We call for the restoration of rights for ex-felon citizens who have paid their debt to society.

  8. We reject separate academic standards for different racial groups.

  9. Most urgently, we call for the unfettered right to cast our vote.  We are appalled by the country-wide attempts to suppress the vote, but especially so right here in our town.  We are seeing precinct closings in our community at a greater rate than in any other.  We oppose this insidious process.

We hope that you will join us in our work.


Cornelle J. Maxfield

Manatee/Sarasota Democratic Black Caucus of Florida


Make Sure Your Vote Counts:


 VBM means you won’t be affected by cuts in early voting and precinct closings

 VBM means you won’t be given provisional ballots, which are counted the day AFTER an election

 VBM makes voting easier for Students

 VBM means you do not need Photo ID

 VBM allows you to Vote anytime with minimal effort

 VBM insures no last minute emergency can keep you from voting

 VBM will free you from annoying robo-calls in the time leading up to election day

 VBM allows you to vote in your pajamas

 VBM assures that your vote WILL be counted. You can track that your request has been received, and after you’ve voted, that your ballot has been received

 VBM requests are valid for only up to two election cycles. You will not be notified when your registration expires, so even if you’ve registered in the past, you need to register for VBM again.


A Necessary Vote-By-Mail Caveat:

Although a common justification for suppressing our vote is voter fraud; the truth is that when fraud takes place, it’s typically happening in the various Supervisor of Elections offices.  

There is room for personal discretion with regard to your signature. Be sure that your signature is updated on your voter record. If you’re not sure, update your Registration. In fact—update your registration anyway.

Remember that you also have the option of requesting your ballot by mail, completing it on your own time, and then delivering it to the SOE’s office personally any time before 7pm on Election Day.


Ballot requests:  or (941) 741-3823  or (941) 861-8618