Okaloosa Democrats eye Crestview base

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MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 12:50 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The Okaloosa County Democratic Executive Committee is reaching out to Crestview residents with a March 28 meeting featuring guest speaker, Okaloosa County Commissioner Nathan Boyles.

Boyles’ Republican Party affiliation had no impact on his selection, Hootnanny Social Club organizers said of the gathering at Coach-N-Four Steakhouse — one of many speaking engagements the group will schedule to mobilize local Democrats.

"It doesn't have to be a Democrat that can come and speak to us; it just has to be someone that respects us and will be upfront with their answers," John Whitley, Florida Democratic Party State Committeeman, said.

The committee — which has one office covering the whole county in Shalimar — wants to bring more area Democrats together and raise funds for a Crestview office. A branch here would help the organization focus on north county events while the Shalimar office would focus on the south end, he said.

"We're just looking to branch out and hopefully double our numbers," Whitley said.

No immediate plans or locations have been considered at this time.

The committee also wants to see increased involvement in the community, Whitley said. 

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