Progressive Democratic Reformers Win 3 DNC Seats in Florida

The Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida (DPCF) is proud to announce the Saturday election of three (3) reform allies to serve on the Democratic National Committee (DNC):

  • Nadia Ahmad (Seminole)
  • Thomas Kennedy (Miami-Dade)
  • Sanjay Patel (Brevard)

These newly elected members stand for progressive ideals and are pledged to support the reforms proposed in a letter to President-elect Biden in November.

With this election, our newly elected DNC members will be the first from Florida to join over two dozen members from other states who support structural reform, a fairer and more open presidential nomination process, increased participation and transparency, clearly defined roles and powers for at-large members, and will fight to rid the DNC of the inequities that have stained the practices of our party.

"After over a year of planning, two months of elections across almost 67 counties, and a nine-hour meeting on Saturday, three of our strongest progressive allies emerged victorious in a drawn-out battle to represent Florida at the national level. Nadia, Thomas, and Sanjay are already leaders in their own respective areas and their wins this weekend give us all a larger platform to fight for the progressive policies needed in Florida -- and throughout America," said DPCF President Michael Calderin.

Nadia Ahmad is a law professor, activist, attorney, and author native to Orlando and passionate about racial justice, immigrants' rights, farm workers' rights, and criminal justice reform. She was previously chair of the Florida Bar's Media and Communications Law Committee and co-director of Muslims for Biden.

Thomas Kennedy is the former political director for the Florida Immigrant Coalition and current Florida coordinator for United We Dream, the largest immigrant and youth-led organization in America, where he continues to fight for the dignity of all people, regardless of immigration status.

Sanjay Patel has been the State Committeeman from Brevard County since 2016 and in 2020 was the Florida field director for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. Two years earlier, he was the Democratic nominee to represent Florida's 8th District in the U.S. Congress, raising more money than any other Democrat ever in that district and with an average donation amount less than $9.00.

The DPCF is excited to see how these progressive champions take their missions to new heights and we continue to encourage all DNC members to join these leaders in the call for reform.