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Welcome to the Democratic Club of the Islands (DCI) website.

Our mission is to provide information on important issues confronting our community, and to promote organizations and candidates which offer progressive solutions to these issues.

Click on the Contact Us link to add your name to our mailing list. To join DCI please visit the Join Us page and you can pay online or by mail (annual dues are $35 for an individual, $60 for a couple). You can also support our efforts through a donation or by giving your time.   

Support for Victims and Families from the Senseless Tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student survivors and their families are organizing a March For Our Lives on March 24.  Their stated purpose for their march in Washington DC and other cities nationwide is "to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today."  Click here for more information - Their website has "Donate" and "Buy Merchandise" buttons where you can financially support their efforts - 100% of proceeds will go to fund organizing activities across the country on March 24.

The Broward Education Foundation a 501(c)3 direct support organization has established a Go Fund Me page to raise money that will directly go to victims and their families. Click here for more information.

We will post information about a possible Southwest Florida march as it becomes available.


On Thursday, January l8th, the Democratic Club of the Islands featured a debate between Democratic Candidates Todd Truax and David Holden at 7:00 p.m. at the Sanibel Community House Founders Room, 2l73 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

Truax and Holden are vying for the l9th Congressional District seat now held by Francis Rooney, which represents Sanibel. Board member Chet Sadler will moderate the debate.

Todd Truax holds degrees in psychology and social service administration, with concentration in mental health and aging, from Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University. He earned certification from the Fisher College of Business in Nursing Home Administration and was licensed as a social worker in Ohio in l992 and in Florida in 2002. Truax served as the founding member of the Coalition for Optimal Behavioral Health and Aging, which was instrumental in bringing the Royal Palm Psychiatric Hospital to Southwest Florida.

David Holden earned a degree in political science from Temple University and his Master’s in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2009. This unparalleled training in leadership and organizational development, led him to California, where he served as Deputy Director of the California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies. CASRA is a pioneering non-profit in the field of mental health. Holden’s educational experiences have formed his deep commitment to quality public education and affordable access to higher education for all Americans. He and his wife are currently partners in a financial planning practice in Naples.

Voting by Mail

Florida makes it very easy to vote by mail (sometimes called "absentee ballots"). Democrats who register to vote by mail are much more likely to vote than those who don't.

If you would like to request a vote by mail ballot, please call the Supervisor of Elections office at 239-LEE‐VOTE  (239-533‐8683) or visit this page on the Lee County Supervisor of Elections website.Your request to vote by mail must be received by the Elections office no later than 5 PM on the sixth calendar day preceding the election (November 2 for the General Election).

Enrollment in Vote-by-Mail is good for only two general elections. If you are not sure you are still enrolled, call the Supervisor of Elections office at 239-LEE-VOTE (239-533‐8683). They can check and re-enroll you over the phone.

If it has been over five years since you last registered to vote, please re-register to assure your current signature is on file 

For information on early voting, visit the Election Dates page of the Florida Elections website.

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