Okaloosa Democrats eye Crestview base

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 12:50 PM.

"There is a lot more Democrats in north Okaloosa than you would think," he said. "Democrats around here need to socialize."

Motivating local Democrats to register to vote — and vote in all elections, not just for president of the United States — is a focal point.

Another goal is to attract 18- to 40-year-olds for Young Democrats and have them participate in each election.

In the past, the committee was present exclusively during the presidential election, every four years. The organization wants to change that.

"We don't want to take people's votes for granted," Whitley said. "It’s our job to be present during events that are important to them. Especially if there is someone locally that is running as a Democrat."

The committee plans to continue to participate in local events including the Triple B: Blackwater, Bluegrass & BBQ Cookoff on April 6.

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