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.

While all candidates were invited to participate in this initiative, not all have chosen to do so. We will continue to issue reminders from time to time, and will update postings with evaluations of new responses as they are received.

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

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 22

Robert Doyel

PCPDC Rating: Strongly Progressive
  • Phone Number:
  • Address: P.O. Box 897, Winter Haven, FL 33882
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United States 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 15

Raymond Peña

PCPDC Rating: Progressive
  • Phone Number:
  • Address: 122 East Main Street #154, Lakeland, Florida 33801
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United States House District 15

Greg Pilkington

PCPDC Rating: Strongly Progressive
  • Phone Number: 407-967-7707
  • Address: P.O. Box 8829, Lakeland, Fl 33803
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United States House District 17

April Freeman

PCPDC Rating: Strongly Progressive
  • Phone Number: 239-851-2484‬
  • Address: P.O. Box 152198, Cape Coral, FL 33915-2198
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United States House District 17

Bill Pollard

PCPDC Rating: Strongly Progressive
  • Phone Number:
  • Address: P.O. Box 1124, Sebring, FL 33810
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The following candidates were invited to participate and received several reminders, but to date they have been non-responsive.

Carmelo Garcia

Candidate for Florida House District 41


Darren Soto

Candidate for US House District 9


Andrew Learned

Candidate for US House District 15