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Palm Beach state committeeman, committeewoman endorse Stephen Bittel for FDP Chair

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With just hours to go before the Florida Democratic Party Executive Committee votes for a new party chair, front-runner Stephen Bittel announced that he has the backing of John Ramos and Deidre Newton, the Palm Beach County State Committeeman and Committeewomen, respectively.

“The Palm Beach County Democratic Party Executive Committee Board of Directors, members, zone leaders and elected officials participated in the decision to endorse Stephen Bittel,” Ramos and Newton said in a statement released by the Bittel campaign Saturday morning.

Bittel is running for FDP chair against former state Senator Dwight Bullard, Duval County State Committeewoman Lisa King and Osceola County Party Chair Leah Carius. 

Tampa’s Alan Clendenin may still be eligible as well.

Before the vote for party chair, the executive committee will vote on whether to accept or reject the decision by the FDP’s judicial subcommittee to accept a complaint filed against him that challenged his election as a Bradford County State Committeeman (you can read all about that here).

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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