Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Ron Klein, Lois Frankel Address GLBT Dem Caucus Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              CONTACT:  Stephen Gaskill
March 4, 2008                                                                                     202/257-9298 cell
2008 Winter Conference Features Local, National Speakers
Including Mayor Lois Frankel, Rep. Ron Klein, Florida’s GLBT Candidates
Fort Lauderdale â€"West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel and Rep. Ron Klein (FL-22) are among the speakers at the 2008 Winter Conference of the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus, being held this Friday through Sunday, March 7, 8 and 9.  The conference will bring together local and national speakers and elected officials who will discuss the current political climate and prepare for the crucial and pivotal election later this year. 
To register for the conference or for more information, check out www.floridaGLBTdemocrats.org.

Friday, March 7

WHAT:          Welcoming cocktail reception
WHEN:          Friday, March 7
                       7:30pm to 9:30pm
WHERE:       The Mad Hatter Lounge
                        1532 N. Dixie Hwy.
                        Lake Worth

Saturday, March 8

WHAT:          Winter conference of the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus
WHEN:          Saturday, March 8
                        9:00am to 5:00pm
WHERE:       Marriott West Palm Beach
1001 Okeechobee Boulevard
Palm Beach
PRESS:          The conference is open press
Schedule for the day:
8:00am            Registration and continental breakfast
9:00am            Welcome from Caucus president Michael Albetta
                       Palm Beach Democratic Party chair Wahid Mahmood
9:30am            West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel
                       Scott Fox, executive director, COMPASS
                       Morning business
10:00am          Scott Hall, Gay American Heroes
10:30am          Rand Hoch, Palm Beach Human Rights Council
11:00am          Jeffrey Garcia, partner, Rindy Miller Garcia, on South Florida US House candidate recruiting
Noon               Lunch speakers:
Nadine Smith, Equality Florida, on the state legislative outlook
                        Toby Quarenta, Human Rights Campaign, on organizing around the Florida Marriage Protection Amendment
1:00pm            Ben Fractenberg, Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), message training session on the Marriage Amendment
2:00pm            GLBT elected officials panel: Broward County Commissioner Ken Keechl; Wilton Manors Commissioner Joe Angelo; former Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Dean Trantalis
2:45pm            Phillip Perry, Florida Democratic Party, presentation on My Campaign, a volunteer management tool used by candidates and DECs
3:30pm            Jon Hoadley, executive director, National Stonewall Democrats
4:00pm            Mark Perriello, Director of Strategy and Planning, Victory Fund
5:00pm            Adjourn
NOTE:           The speaking time for Rep. Ron Klein has not yet been confirmed; an
update will be provided.
In addition, the following openly-gay candidates are scheduled to address the conference at various times throughout the day: Hillsborough County Commission candidate Kevin Beckner; Broward County Commission candidate Bryan Caletka; Wilton Manors Commission candidate Justin Flippen; State House District 92 candidate Mark LaFontaine; Oakland Park Commission candidate Anthony Niedwiecki; and Broward Supervisor of Elections candidate Adriane Reesey.
Saturday, March 8
WHAT:          Cocktail reception hosted by the Palm Beach Human Rights Council
WHEN:          Saturday, March 8
                        7:00pm to 8:30pm
WHERE:       The home of Deidre Newton and Kerry Gallagher
                        736 Sunset Rd.
                        West Palm Beach
Sunday, March 9
WHAT:          Farewell brunch
WHEN:          Sunday, March 9
11:00am to 1:00pm
WHERE:       The Cottage
                        522 Lucerne Ave.
                        Lake Worth
INFO:             Suggested contribution is $10 to help cover staff costs.  Cash bar will open at noon.
The Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus represents the gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender communities for the Florida Democratic Party.  With 15 chapters across the
state, the Caucus played a major role in Democratic victories in 2006 and is actively
preparing for 2008.
CONTACT:  Stephen Gaskill, Communications Director, 202/257-9298 (cell)
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