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Dems Look to Build In Small, Medium-Sized Counties

The Florida Democratic Party in recent elections has focused much of its attention on winning in Democrat-heavy South Florida and across the I-4 corridor.

But that hasn’t worked out so well.

So the party on Thursday announced the creation of the Janet Reno Challenge Grant program that will offer money to Democratic executive committees, caucuses and clubs in small and mid-sized counties. A total of $100,000 will be set aside  for the program,  with the  groups competing for $2,500 or $5,000 awards.

New party Chairman Stephen Bittel announced the program, which is aimed at  building local party organizations, increasing voter registration and recruiting volunteers.

“If we want to win statewide we must truly compete for every vote in every city in every county across Florida,” Bittel said in a prepared statement. “That starts today.”