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Join the Broward Republican Executive Committee

There are three forms required to join the Broward Republican Executive Committee. There is no cost to join.

The first form is the BREC application…just fill it out as indicated.   You can locate the form by clicking here —> BREC application

The second form is the Republican Party of Florida (“RPOF”) loyalty oath.  You can bring that to a meeting or fill it out as indicated. The form is located here —> RPOF loyalty oath

The final third form is the candidate oath, which is a formality.  Every precinct leader technically is a candidate, though there is room enough in virtually all areas of the county so that there is rarely an actual contest.  The form must be notarized and we have a notary at our meetings.  The form is located here —> Candidate Oath.

If you have any questions about these forms, please email or contact me at (954) 298-9121.

Richard DeNapoli, Esq.

Broward Republican State Committeeman


The excerpt above is related to the email I sent out to Broward Republicans below….

Dear Broward Republican Voters:
Hello, my name is Richard DeNapoli, your Broward Republican State Committeeman.
This is your special invitation to become a member of the Broward Republican Executive Committee.  
What is the Broward Republican Executive Committee?
The Broward Republican Executive Committee (also known as the BREC) is the governing body of the Republican Party of Broward County.
The Republican Party of Broward County is committed to promoting Republican ideals and principles; recruiting and electing qualified candidates for public office; developing a grassroots organization that will motivate the electorate to vote; and raise the
funds necessary to complete these objectives.
As a member of the Broward Republican Executive Committee, you will represent the registered Republicans who live in your precinct. You serve as the Party’s leader and liaison to those Republicans in that particular part of the county.
Your average Republican voter knows about the Republican National Committee (RNC) and some may even know about the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF), but many of the more than 250,000 registered Republicans in Broward do not realize there is a local Republican Executive Committee that they can be a part of and support.
The BREC plays an important role in the grassroots effort of the Party and the overall team effort to get Republicans elected in Broward County. You, as a future member of the REC, along with all the other REC members, are the basis for our grassroots organization. The Party relies on you to help turn out the vote. We will give you the resources to maintain contact with the Republicans living in your precinct to keep them informed as to what is going on in the Republican Party.
The REC members also elect the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer of the local Party. Members of the REC also vote on motions at the meetings to set policies for the local party.
The success of the Republican Party of Broward County depends on you!If you are interested in becoming a member of the Broward Republican Executive Committee, please reply to this email or contact me at (954) 298-9121 and I can get you the forms you need to start the membership process.  You can also click here for instructions.

REC meetings are usually held on the last Monday of the month, so if you can’t make this one please join us at another.  There is always a guest sign in table – just tell them that I sent you and I hope to see you at the meeting.
All the best,
Richard DeNapoli, Esq.
State Committeeman

Broward Election Recap – Part 3 – Demographic Changes

To continue my series covering Broward’s election results for 2014, I’ll show in this graphic the demographic breakdown among Broward County’s registered voters.

Some trendlines:

  • Hispanic Voters Showing the Most Registration Growth with 2.95% or 35,400 voters
  • Black Voters also showing registration growth of 1.73% or 23,819 voters
  • White Voters declined 5.57% of the total registered voters in Broward, or less 45,198 voters
  • NPA or Third Party Voters grew 3.15% of the total or 39,626 voters, while Rep and Dems declined as % of whole
  • Overall Registered Voters climbed 25,442
  • White Voters dominate the Republican Party, with 73% of Registered Repubicans
  • Increasing Number of Black Voters in Democrat Party, now comprising 36.5% of all Democrats in Broward
  • Hispanics increasingly registering as NPA, now at 24% of all NPA voters; Hispanics have also increased as a percentage of registered Republicans and Democrats.

See the graphic below for more details.

Broward Demographics 2014 compared to 2010, data from State Supervisor of Elections

Broward Demographics 2014 compared to 2010, data from State Supervisor of Elections

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Richard DeNapoli served as the Chairman of the Republican Party of Broward County from December 2010 through December 2012, as was a delegate to the 2008 and 2012 Republican National Conventions from Broward County.  He is an attorney and Certified Financial Planner (R) who now lives in Sarasota County with his family.  You can read more about Richard at www.richard-denapoli.com.

Broward Election Recap – Part 2 of a Series

The recap takeaway: The more Republican “East Side” of Broward County exhibited remarkable uniformity in its voting patterns, showing similar numbers for Representative George Moraitis, Ellyn Bogdanoff, and County Commissioner Chip LaMarca.  It also averaged a 51.4% turnout, much higher than the rest of the county.  Republican voter performance (i.e., how much Republicans turn out) is key to Republican victories here, and outweighs simple registration numbers.

In my first post, I examined the countywide numbers for Governor Scott and Charlie Crist.  In this post, I’ll take a look at Northeast Broward, the traditional territory in Broward County where Republicans are competitive.

Let’s define this territory generally as that encompassed by State Representative District 93, where Republican George Moraitis is the incumbent and won with 56.7% of the vote in this all-Broward district.  These same precincts represent the Broward portion of State Senate District 34, where Democrat Maria Sachs is the incumbent.  Former Republican State Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff ran for this seat again in 2014, receiving 55.5% of the vote in the Broward portion of this district, but was unsuccessful because the State Senate district also takes in more Democratic areas in Palm Beach county.

Republican County Commissioner Chip LaMarca won in a district that contains some of this area with 52.9% of the vote against Democrat Ken Keechl.  

I was personally pleased to see Moraitis and LaMarca reelected, and sad that Bogdanoff didn’t make it despite winning the Broward portion of SD34.  But now, it’s off to the cold hard numbers…

REGISTRATION NUMBERS:  The Broward portion of Senate District 34, as of the book closing date of the 2014 General election, contains 40,287 Republicans (36.9%), 38,166 Democrats(34.9%), and 30,871 Others(28.2%), for a total of 109,324 registered voters.  So, there’s a 2% Republican Registration advantage.  County Commission 4 contains 36,833 Republicans (32%), 46,610 Democrats (40.4%), 31,790 Others (27.6%) for a total of 115,233 Registered Voters.  So, there’s an 8.4% Democrat registration advantage.

UNIFORM VOTING.  What’s amazing is how uniform the voters are here.  In the Broward portion of State Senate District 34, Ellyn Bogdanoff received 55.5% of the vote.  George Moraitis, running in these same precincts for reelection to the State House, received 56.7% of the vote.   Most will agree that while Bogdanoff’s race against Maria Sachs involved hundreds of thousands of dollars spent in a very competitive race, Moraitis faced a relatively unknown opponent, Scott Herman.  Herman, while loading up his campaign account with over $340,000 in loans to himself, ended up spending just about zero in the final month of the campaign.  Bogdanoff had total expenditures of over $700,000 (not including outside ECOs), and Sachs spent almost $300,000 in her direct campaign account (not including Democratic Party and ECO expenditures).  So, we can use the Moraitis race as a test case for a noncompetitive race, while Bogdanoff’s was a competitive race.

So even with hundreds of thousands spent in a highly competitive race, it was tough to move the needle either way.   Moraitis received about 200 more votes than Bogdanoff in those same precincts, despite Moraitis not having a very competitive race.  Conversely, Sachs received about 1,000 more votes (not a huge difference) than the unknown Herman in the same precincts.  The only race where there seemed to be any real change in voting patterns was the governor’s race.  Rick Scott received about 4,300 less votes than Moraitis in these precincts.  The Governor’s race was definitely the most competitive, receiving the most paid-for (over $100 million spent between the candidates) and earned media attention, so perhaps this shouldn’t be a surprise.  Also, a third party candidate could have skewed the numbers in the Governor’s race a little.  Outside of Scott underperforming the average Republican candidate, however, there was remarkable uniformity in what percentages the Republican candidates scored in Northeast Broward.

Let’s compare Broward precincts that overlap each other in House District 93, State Senate 34, and County Commission District 4.  The results in these precincts were Bogdanoff: 57.03%, Moraitis: 58.61% and LaMarca: 59.75%.  LaMarca’s race was slightly more competitive than Moraitis’s race: while LaMarca showed about $350,000 in spending, the underfunded Democrat Ken Keechl spent about $30,000 on his campaign in the last month (not included any ECOs in these two numbers).  Still, LaMarca had the most crossover votes in this portion of his district, doing about 1% better than Moraitis, which is admirable considering the more competitive nature of the race.  Every precinct that LaMarca won is this portion of the district, Moraitis also won.

Now, let’s analyze the portion of LaMarca’s district that is NOT in House District 93/State Senate 34.  In these precincts, many of which have larger African American populations, LaMarca received only 27.9% of the vote.  Let’s compare this to Adam Putnam’s percentage in those same precincts: Putnam received 27%.  We have to use a statewide candidate to compare here, since neither Bogdanoff nor Moraitis ran in those precincts.  Adam Putnam performed most similarly to Bogdanoff, Moraitis and LaMarca in the other precincts, so we are using his numbers here.  (I’m not using Rick Scott numbers as a comparison, because Scott underperformed every other Republican here.)  So LaMarca still had more crossover support in these precincts, outpacing Putnam by 0.9%.  Still, it’s a remarkably uniform pattern where there is only a 0.9% difference.  Mixing these much more Democrat-heavy precincts together with those in HD93/SD34, LaMarca ended up with about 53% of the vote.

So, one might ask, how do these seats, which seem more competitive on paper, end up being such landslides for Republicans?

NPA’s MUST BE “REPUBLICAN LEANING” IN NE BROWARD.  Studies have shown that NPA voters typically side with the majority of voters surrounding them.  Thus, Broward’s NPA voters in the more Republican East side of Broward will typically vote for the Republican candidate, while NPA voters in the rest of Broward will typically vote for the Democrat candidate.  NPAs typically turn out in much lower numbers than Republicans or Democrats.  Democrats and Republicans typically vote for their party’s nominee about 80% or more of the time.  In close districts, which way the NPAs lean can be the difference.  Northeast Broward, however, which typically gives outsized victories to the Republicans, seems to show that NPAs here must be siding with the Republican candidate.  With Bogdanoff scoring 55.5% to Sach’s 44.5% in the Broward portion of SD34, which contains only a 2% Republican voter registration advantage, NPAs must be siding with the Republican candidate here.

VOTER TURNOUT/PERFORMANCE IS KEY.  Turnout in Broward as a whole was only 44.48%.  But turnout in SD34/HD93 precincts was 51.41%.  Turnout in the County Commission 4 districts that are NOT in SD34/HD93 was only 43.02%.  So, it’s easy to see that the more Republican areas of Broward turned out much heavier.  Voter performance is key to Republican victories here.  

Though we don’t have the breakdown of who voted by registration – those numbers are available yet – you can see that Republican voters turned out in higher percentages than Democrats here, leading to outsized victories compared to the registration numbers.

In LaMarca’s County Commission district 4, while the simple registration numbers show an 8.4% advantage for the Democrats, when you look at how voters typically turn out (voter performance) in an off-year non presidential election, you will see that as a percentage of who shows up to vote, County Commission District 4 actually has a 1% Republican turnout advantage.  (I am using turnout numbers available for these precincts from the 2006 and 2010 elections.  As I said earlier, date for 2014 that breaks out party registration isn’t available yet.)  Even if the non-SD34 precincts had exhibited a similar turnout to the SD34 precincts, it would still have titled the race towards LaMarca since County Commission District 4 contains a lot more voters within the SD34 precincts.  Since this district only has its election in non-Presidential years, you can expect a similar turnout pattern and voter performance in the future.  Democrats simply don’t tend to show up to vote in non-presidential years.  2006 was the rare exception – a wave Democrat year when Ken Keechl won this seat when it had a Republican registration advantage.  Unless there’s another wave-Democrat off-year election in 2018, you can expect a Republican advantage in voter performance in County Commission District 4.  This pattern is also visible in statewide races.  Florida Democrats will show up in Presidential Years (2008,2012), but not in off-years (2010,2014).  In some Florida state house districts, this pattern is clearly visible.  State House District 63, in Tampa, swings wildly despite its 6,000 more Democrats voter registration advantage.  With an election every two years, it recently elected a Democrat in 2012 and a Republican in 2014.  It’s because Democrat voters will show up in a Presidential Year (2012), but voter performance turns this district to a Republican advantage in off-years.

The takeaway is that the Democrat cannot simply rely on a registration advantage to win in County Commission District 4, because it’s voter performance that matters. LaMarca also deserves immense credit for outpacing other Republicans in these precincts, and running an excellent campaign focused on service to the district rather than partisanship.

Richard DeNapoli served as the Chairman of the Republican Party of Broward County from December 2010 through December 2012, as was a delegate to the 2008 and 2012 Republican National Conventions from Broward County.  He is an attorney and Certified Financial Planner (R) who now lives in Sarasota County with his family.  You can read more about Richard at www.richard-denapoli.com.

Broward Election Recap – Part 1 of a Series

FIRST in a SERIES.  

The takeaway: Liberal Broward County’s 2014 vote for the Republican candidate for Governor was less than 30% (the lowest countywide percentage for a Republican Gubernatorial candidate in Broward for available historical records), and Broward was the only county in the state where the raw vote total for Governor Scott was actually lower than he received in 2010.

STATEWIDE.  The election results have finally been certified.  Governor Rick Scott officially won Florida with a margin of 64,145 votes.  I, of course, was very pleased that Governor Scott was reelected.  As I’ve done in the past, I’ll attempt to put all of these numbers in context, and compare them to past elections.  I started by analyzing some Sarasota county election results here, here and here.  Now, after some requests, I’ll begin with some Broward County election analysis before moving onto statewide trends.

BROWARD BACKGROUNDER.  First, let’s start with a little Broward County election history. (I grew up there.)  Registered Republican numbered 236,069 voters, while Democrats numbered 545,119 as of the book closing date of the November 2014 election.  As you can see, Broward county is a liberal bastion that Democratic candidates depend upon to deliver them votes. Typically, a Republican candidate had to pull about 35% of the vote in Broward in order to win the state of Florida.  Governor Scott changed this dynamic back in 2010 when he won Florida while only receiving 33.35% of the vote in Broward.  He did this with increased turnout from the northern, more Republican parts of Florida.  2010 was also a “Republican wave” year, where Democratic turnout was depressed compared to past election cycles.  In Broward, total turnout was only 41% back in 2010.  (This is turnout of all voters.  Turnout by party is generally available from the Supervisor of elections about a month after the election.  When turnout is low in heavily Democratic Broward County, that usually means Democrats didn’t turn out.  In fact, Republicans in Broward had about a 49% turnout in 2010.)  This year, total turnout was 44.48%, which means that Democratic turnout had to have increased compared to 2010.  Broward has generally exhibited lower turnout in recent years (since 1998) compared to the state as a whole, which had a 50.51% turnout in 2014, and may be explained by reading the Decline of the Broward’s Midterm Voter.

BROWARD VOTE TOTALS FOR SCOTT AND CRIST.  In Broward, it was 138,394 votes for Scott and 318,950 votes for Crist.  That’s a margin of 180,556 for Crist. As I mentioned, Broward county is a liberal bastion so it was a typically lopsided showing.  In fact, it seems to be the worst showing for a Republican gubernatorial candidate as far back as the data is available.  Going back to 1978 (as far as available on the state and local supervisor of elections, see graphic below), I couldn’t find any gubernatorial election where the Republican received less than 30% of the vote in Broward, but in this year’s election Scott only received 29.47% in Broward.  Democrat Charlie Crist increased the Broward Democratic margin of victory by a whopping 49,395 votes better than Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate Alex Sink in 2010. Governor Scott had to overcome these deficits by adding some serious numbers from Duval, St. Johns, and Sumter, as well as ratcheting up his margins in many other smaller counties throughout the state.  Crist performed far behind Sink in northern Florida, where he spent little time campaigning.  Scott actually received 2,051 less raw votes in Broward County than he did in 2010.  Broward was the only county in the state where the raw vote total for Scott was actually lower than in 2010.

Past Gubernatorial Results for Broward County

Past Gubernatorial Results for Broward County

In future posts in this series, I’ll try to examine why the vote turned out like it did by reviewing turnout and voter performance, comparing the more Republican east side of Broward county to the rest of the county, analyzing demographic trends, and trying to draw some conclusions to explain the numbers.

Richard DeNapoli served as the Chairman of the Republican Party of Broward County from December 2010 through December 2012, as was a delegate to the 2008 and 2012 Republican National Conventions from Broward County.  He is an attorney and Certified Financial Planner (R) who now lives in Sarasota County with his family.  You can read more about Richard at www.richard-denapoli.com.

False Attacks on Richard DeNapoli’s Military Record

My opponent in the Republican primary for House District 74 has leveled a series of false attacks against me during the campaign.  Today, he reached a new low.

In a press release entitled “STOLEN HONOR: DENAPOLI MAKES FALSE CLAIM THAT HE SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS ,” he relies upon dubious third-party sources with false information to claim that I lied about being in the Unites States Marine Corps Officer Candidate School.

 We provided my military records to the local newspaper to prove these accusations to be false, and the Sarasota Herald Tribune ran a story wherein they wrote as follows:

“Republican Florida House candidate Julio Gonzalez is accusing his GOP rival of lying about his military service, the latest salvo in an increasingly heated primary election battle.

But his opponent, Richard DeNapoli, says the charge is false, underscoring how desperate and “beyond the pale” Gonzalez has become in their House District 74 race.

At issue is DeNapoli’s 2002 attempt to join the U.S. Marines after he graduated from law school. DeNapoli said that instead of entering private practice he tried to become a lawyer with the Marine Corps.

Government records show DeNapoli enlisted on Oct. 3, 2002 and was sent to Quantico, Virginia, for Marine Corps officer training.

But DeNapoli said in an interview that his body gave out after just four months. He was hospitalized with hypothermia, ending his hopes of military service. He was disenrolled from the program on Feb. 25, 2003, records show.

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Gonzalez’s press release says DeNapoli’s training was “a mere 3 day camp” that DeNapoli has inflated — though Department of Defense records confirm DeNapoli was in “active duty for training” from Jan. 19 to Feb. 10 with the Marines.”

Though my opponent’s accusations were proven by government records to be false, he has continued his false attacks and has not apologized for his smears against my character.

See our campaign mailer refuting these false attacks.

Page 1 Military Response Page 2 Military Response

Candidate Richard DeNapoli (FL-DIST. 74) Has a Record of Fighting for Voter Rights

Watchdog Wire covered my efforts to protect voter rights and the integrity of the voting rolls in Broward County.  Check out the article below…

Richard DeNapoli presenting evidence of deceased voters on the rolls in Broward

Richard DeNapoli presenting evidence of deceased voters on the rolls in Broward

September 17, 2013 by Dr. Richard Swier

WDW sat down with Richard DeNapoli, candidate for FL-District 74. As the 2014 election cycle heats up it is important for voters to know the candidates. WDW will continue to interview candidates and elected officials to educate voters.

DeNapoli served as a prosecutor in Orange County, Florida for a short time after law school, prosecuting third degree felonies, before returning to South Florida to care for his grandmother when his grandfather passed away in June 2003.

In addition to being a Licensed Attorney, Realtor, Mortgage Broker and Notary, DeNapoli is also a Certified Financial Planner. He worked as a Trust and Investment Officer for five years at Northern Trust on a team with $1.8 Billion assets under management providing services to high net worth individuals. Prior to joining Northern Trust, DeNapoli had a successful law practice.

What sets DeNapoli apart is his work in Broward County, FL to insure voters rights are protected.

In November 2011 DeNapoli sent an open letter to Dr. Brenda C. Snipes, the Supervisor of Elections in Broward County, about early voting locations. DeNapoli, the then Chair of the Broward Republican Executive Committee (BREC), found that all of the Broward County early voting locations were in heavily Democratic areas. DeNapoli in his letter noted, “Research in numerous scholarly journals has shown that the greater the distance from a voting site, the greater exists the likelihood of non voting. The incidence of early voting is highly sensitive to the location of the early voting location.” Due to his efforts one of seventeen early voting locations was placed in a heavily Republican location.

But DeNapoli was not finished. To continue reading the article, click here

Richard DeNapoli

State Representative George Moraitis Thanks Chairman Richard DeNapoli for His Service

Here’s a message my good friend State Representative George Moraitis.  Thanks and best wishes to a wonderful Representative for Broward! 
Richard DeNapoli and George Moraitis

Richard DeNapoli and George Moraitis

 

A LETTER FROM STATE REPRESENTATIVE GEORGE MORAITIS

Dear Friends,

I’m writing to thank Richard DeNapoli for his outstanding service to our party as Chairman of the Broward Republican Executive Committee these past two years. We have all benefited from his leadership, dedication and organization in helping Republicans in our county get elected at all levels of government. We will miss Richard’s steady presence and enthusiasm, however I congratulate him on his professional opportunity and desire to spend time with his growing family.
This was undoubtedly a difficult election for conservatives. Significant challenges lie ahead for our party to reach a changing electorate without compromising the founding principles of individual responsibility and limited government which helped make this nation a beacon of hope for the world.
That said, Richard has done a great job during his term energizing our volunteers and making the case for getting conservatives elected. The next Chairman must be prepared to lead by example as Richard has in organizing our party to move forward.  Let’s all thank Richard for his dedicated service and friendship as Chairman of our party.
Fair Winds and Following Seas to Richard and his family.
Sincerely,
George Moraitis
State Representative, District 93

RNC Co-Chair Sharon Day Thanks Richard DeNapoli for His Service

Thanks to RNC Co-Chair Sharon Day for her kind words.

Richard DeNapoli and Sharon Day

Richard DeNapoli and Sharon Day

Republican National Committee

Sharon Day, Co-Chairman

November 19, 2012

Dear Fellow BREC Members:

I wanted to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks and heartfelt congratulations to our County Chairman Richard DeNapoli on his announcement regarding the new direction his career is taking him and his family.

Richard has always stood firmly rooted in the principles of our Party and has spent his term as Chairman rebuilding the party and raising the funds, both federal and state, with a commitment to Republican success, at the municipal, county, state and national level.  His dedication and energy on behalf of candidates will surely be missed.

Leadership means making difficult decisions and often taking all of the blame and little or none of the success.  Richard has led and has strived to make the Broward Republican Executive Committee an organization of pride and principles.

Please join me in wishing Richard his wife Brigita and their son Victor, the best of luck and God’s blessing as they move on to the next set of challenges life has to offer.

Sincerely,

 Sharon Day

Sharon

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Sharon Day was elected Co-Chair of the Republican National Committee on January 14, 2011. From 2009-2011, she served as RNC Secretary and she has served at the grassroots level of our Party in Florida for more than 20 years.  Sharon has been a member of the Broward County Republican Executive Committee since 1994 and State Committeewoman from Broward County since 1996. She served as Florida’s National Committeewoman to the RNC since 2004, and continues to hold that position today.  Among other areas of her community service, Sharon was appointed to the Broward County Housing Authority on which she served as the Chairman and has served as a Commissioner on the Florida Commission on the Status of Women.

Thank You from Broward GOP Chairman Richard DeNapoli

Thank You from Broward GOP Chairman Richard DeNapoli

Dear Fellow Broward Republican Executive Committee Members,

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your Chairman during these past two years. I’m writing to thank you for your friendship, support and dedication to our Republican Party. With your continued help and support of the Broward Republican Party, I’m optimistic that we will see many Republican victories in the future. Even though I’ll be moving away soon, I want to stay in touch!
You can reach me at (954) 298-9121.

See you at the BREC Meeting tonight!

Thanks again, and God Bless.

All the best,

Richard DeNapoli


Richard, Brigita and Victor DeNapoli

Thank You Broward GOP

Next Broward Republican Party Meeting – Monday, December 3rd, 2012 – Election of Officers

Notice to Media

Original Message to Members Posted Below

Broward GOP

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11/21/2012

 Dear Current BREC Members,
 
 This is the official notice for the
Broward Republican Party Meeting for the
Election of Officers
for the following positions:
Chairman
Vice-Chair
Secretary
Treasurer
Monday, December 3rd, 7 PM SHARP
Sign in begins at 6 PM
Sheraton Suites Hotel
555 NW 62nd Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
(just west of Andrews Ave off of the Cypress Creek West Exit of 1-95)
Celebration for Outgoing Officers
Cake and Coffee
Sincerely,
BREC Executive Board
 
 
www.browardgop.org
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Original Email from Richard DeNapoli Date: November 23, 2012