Wakulla Democrats gathered at Wakulla Springs Lodge on Thursday, November 7th for the biannual gala that county Democrats plan as a springboard to launch 2014 electoral efforts.
More than one hundred Democrats from North Florida mingled with guests from all over the state. Wakulla County Sheriff Charlie Creel welcomed guests to the county and encouraged everyone to return to fully enjoy the “beautiful gem” that is Wakulla County.
Democratic candidate for governor Nan Rich was a featured speaker as was CFO candidate William Rankin. Attorney General candidate George Sheldon spoke as the capstone for the evening. Sheldon’s long and distinguished record of service in Tallahassee make him especially welcome in any gathering of North Florida Democrats.
Congressional District 2 candidate Gwen Graham was by far the 1000 mega watt star of the night. Her energy has been setting rooms on fire across North Florida district that spans 14 counties in the Big Bend and Panhandle and her performance Thursday night was no exception.
Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Allison Tant provided a crowd-pleasing recap of Tuesday night’s electoral victories across the state – each announced win drew thunderous applause from the audience. Chairwoman Tant herself earned a standing ovation as she walked to the podium to begin her remarks. North Florida is Tant territory, for sure.
The highlight for the local crowd was the memoriam for the late Mrs. Anita Townsend, the much loved rural health administrator and former Wakulla Democratic Party leader. A contingent of family and friends regaled the crowd with stories of Mrs. Townsend’s trailblazing history.
Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist was not in attendance on Thursday night. Wakulla County party leaders reported that an invitation was declined due to a prior engagement.