Friday, December 23, 2016

Committeeman election loss leaves Bullard ineligible for Fla. Democratic Party chair race

Four days after the presidential election, the managing editor of The Miami New Times ran an opinion column entitled “The Florida Democratic Party Is a Damn Disgrace.” It included a comment that former state Sen. Dwight Bullard made about the state of the Florida party:

“There needs to be a real shakeup internally from top down, bottom up, and I say that as a local party chair,” Bullard said. “At the end of the day, there needs to be a more deliberate game plan on the message.”

Bullard later confirmed that he wanted to seek the chair position for the Florida Democratic Party. But he is ineligible to run after failing to win a county-level party office, which is a requirement for state chair candidates.

On Wednesday, Bullard lost his bid for the Miami-Dade committeeman position to developer Stephen Bittel. Bittel is expected to enter the state chair race.

This is the second big election loss for Bullard this year.

Bullard, a FAMU alumnus, previously held the District 39 Senate seat from 2012 to 2016 and ran for the District 40 Senate seat in November after the district maps were redrawn. He lost to state Rep. Frank Artiles, a Republican.

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