Dolphin Democrats, the LGBT democratic group of Broward County, held its annual membership meeting and elections Wednesday. They also revealed their upcoming endorsements, and featured several guest speakers.

For outgoing president Scott Herman the current state of the Dolphin Democrats is quite an achievement considering just a year and half ago a motion to dissolve the organization was openly discussed. Since taking over in June 2017 membership has doubled to over 300.  

“The success of The LGBTA Dolphin Democratic Caucus was because of our communication and teamwork. And I would say everyone’s desire to grow the caucus into helping represent our community and holding our elected and appointed officials responsible,” outgoing President Scott Herman told SFGN. “I had promised that once the goals were met I would be stepping out. I had great directors. I gave them a lot of authority to carry out the tasks at hand.”

Founded in 1982, The Dolphin Democrats is the oldest LGBT political organization in Florida.

President Herman led a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the mass-shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that happened on Feb. 14, 2018.

At the meeting Jason Gad, representing BAWN (Ban Assault Weapons Now), collected
signatures to place on the ballot a constitutional amendment to ban assault
weapons in Florida.

Suspended Sheriff Israel addressed the Dolphin Democrats as a guest speaker, memorializing the mass-shooting and defending his record as sheriff. 

“What we’ve achieved in the last year and a half has been amazing. It could not have been done without the teamwork from the then current board,” Herman said. “I’m looking forward to seeing how the new board continues to grow the caucus.”

Below are the election results:

Executive Board

President: Alfredo Olvera
Vice President: Nik Harris 
Secretary: Aaron Darr
Treasurer: Adam Sabin

Emma Collum 
Justin Proffitt 
Lindsay Pollard 
Paul Sparandera 
Hillary Dougherty 
Stephen Fuller

Their endorsements include:

Gloria Battle, Candidate for Deerfield Beach Commission Seat 2

Wayne Messam, Candidate for Mayor of Miramar

Nancy Metayer, Candidate for Mayor of Coral Springs