Candidate Ratings based on Progressive Questionaire

2018 Candidate Assessment and Voter Awareness Initiative

The energy and resources ready and waiting to support Progressive Democratic candidates are at an all-time high. The Polk County Progressive Democratic Caucus (PCPDC) Candidate Assessment and Voter Awareness Initiative was established to provide a reference for declared Progressives and other Democrats and independents with progressive values to determine where to focus their energy and resources.

Questionnaires were sent to all candidates who have filed as Democrats for national or state offices that touch on Polk county. A select committee of PCPDC members is in place to apply predefined criteria in an objective blind evaluation of candidate responses as they are received. The questionnaires reflect a Progressive Democratic agenda. In fact, the questions were derived directly from the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida’s platform.

The evaluation rating indicates each candidate’s level of support for the progressive agenda. In accordance with Florida Democratic Party bylaws, these evaluation ratings are not intended to imply endorsement during this primary season, but rather to inform progressive minded voters within the county of each candidate’s overall alignment with progressive values.


Congratulations to the 10 Democratic candidates who participated in our Candidate Forum on July 16th, in Bartow. Thank you to Dr. Susan MacManus, our Forum Moderator, as well.

Over 100 members of the public and more than half a dozen members of the media attended the event. This was an opportunity for progressive voters to watch, listen and learn, and for the candidates to answer thoughtful questions and shine.
Click the link below to watch the video on YouTube.

Forum Videos

Click the link below to watch Polk County Progressives – Candidate Forum on YouTube

Forum Videos

Florida House District 39

Ricky Shirah

PCPDC Rating: Leans Progressive
  • Phone Number: 863-687-0630
  • Address: Post Office Box 1143 Kathleen, FL 33849
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Florida House District 40

Dr. Shandale Terrell

PCPDC Rating: Leans Progressive
  • Phone Number: 863-816-3349
  • Address: P.O Box 161, Lakeland, Florida 33802
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Florida House District 42

Barbara Cady

PCPDC Rating: Progressive
  • Phone Number: 321-320-4388
  • Address: 2920 Winding Trail, Kissimmee, FL 34746
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Florida Senate District 20

Joy Gibson

PCPDC Rating: Progressive
  • Phone Number: 813-803-7003
  • Address: 20318 Autumn Fern Ave., Tampa, FL 33647
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Florida Senate District 20

Kathy Lynn Lewis

PCPDC Rating: Strongly Progressive
  • Phone Number: 813-981-3697
  • Address: 29448 Holly Court, Wesley Chapel, FL 33455
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Florida Senate District 22

Bob Doyel

PCPDC Rating: Strongly Progressive
  • Phone Number:
  • Address: P.O. Box 897, Winter Haven, FL 33882
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Florida Senate District 26

Catherine Price

PCPDC Rating: Leans Progressive
  • Phone Number: 863-223-6144
  • Address: P.O. Box 732, Lake Wales, FL 33859
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United States House District 9

Darren Soto

PCPDC Rating: Strongly Progressive
  • Phone Number: 407-479-8135
  • Address: P.O. Box 420239 Kissimmee, FL 34742
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United States House District 15

Kristen Carlson

PCPDC Rating: Strongly Progressive
  • Phone Number: 863-640-0341
  • Address: PO Box 321 Lakeland, FL 33802
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